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    Default DIY Air Compressors and tools

    Morning all,

    I am in the market for a nail gun and it seems that the compressed air products are far cheaper than the corded and cordless ones. In addition the compressor can be used for other tools and "things".

    Do any of you use a compressor and air tools and can recommend a make and tank capacity / supplier in Joburg area. As per title, it is for DIY and home use so no need for industrial ones with their costs.

    Many thanks.

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    I agree that you will find all you want at Ardendoff. If you want to use any air tools you need a compressor that gives at least 80 cf/m constant flow. Non of the small direct drive compressors will drive any air tool. I have a 115 litre vertical tank compressor from them and it handles all my air driven tools from ratchets, drills and grinders to the sanders and polishers. Rather go for the larger diameter air line as the thin internal diameter one's don't give the necessary flow.
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    Thanks Jelo and Paul#25, I will pop past them this afternoon.

    How do I determine the 80 cf/m, don't see that on the link Jelo sent? Also which is recommended - petro or electric. It needs to be a silent type for use in an Estate?

    Thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesV View Post
    Thanks Jelo and Paul#25, I will pop past them this afternoon.

    How do I determine the 80 cf/m, don't see that on the link Jelo sent? Also which is recommended - petro or electric. It needs to be a silent type for use in an Estate?

    Thanks again

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    silent compressor? Not sure that really exists. But ya, go for the electric ones. The belt driven compressors also seem to be a lot quieter, and I would go that route if I bough another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesV View Post
    Thanks Jelo and Paul#25, I will pop past them this afternoon.

    How do I determine the 80 cf/m, don't see that on the link Jelo sent? Also which is recommended - petro or electric. It needs to be a silent type for use in an Estate?

    Thanks again

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    You don't get quiet compressors that supply the air volume you need for the air driven tools. The noise isn't very loud but is noticeable for a short distance. The vertical tank one supplies 83 odd cubic feet per minute which is 250 litres per minute.
    If you look at the link Jelo posted find the 100l/115l vertical tank compressor and select it. You should see an option to look at the specification. There it will give you the flow rate. The motor driving the compressor should be about 3 hp. The vertical tank is great for a home workshop or garage as it takes up less floor space.
    https://www.adendorff.co.za/product/...ve-compressor/
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    2 important things to take note of:
    1. Air receiver (tank) size
    2. compressor CFM
    Bigger is always better for both

    Tank size determines how much compressed air you have available at any time, compressor CFM determines how quickly the tank is refilled.

    Rotary tools (drills, grinders etc) consume a lot of air in use, nothing more frustrating than grinding and then having to stop because you have run out of air and now must wait while the compressor catches up. Something like a nail gun will consume less air so you'd probably get away with a small unit, but if you plan on adding more units buy bigger now
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesV View Post
    Thanks Jelo and Paul#25, I will pop past them this afternoon.

    How do I determine the 80 cf/m, don't see that on the link Jelo sent? Also which is recommended - petro or electric. It needs to be a silent type for use in an Estate?

    Thanks again

    Kind regards
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    Silent compressor for running air tools? Ha ha that is funny.

    Rather stay away from one then. A large CFM compressor is LOUD.
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    You do get large compressors that are quiet, I have a large Atlas rotary screw compressor https://www.atlascopco.com/en-za/com...rew-compressor

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bex View Post
    You do get large compressors that are quiet, I have a large Atlas rotary screw compressor https://www.atlascopco.com/en-za/com...rew-compressor
    take a video of it running and post

    Then post the price.............and we can ask James if he has R40k for an air tool nail gun..........
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    Ill post video, the price is up there sure, I was just saying that the tech exist

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    Not in the home /hobby /handyman environment. That compressor probably costs more than my Disco to buy.
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    Ill post video, the price is up there sure, I was just saying that the tech exist
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    Quote Originally Posted by mullerza View Post
    Something like a nail gun will consume less air so you'd probably get away with a small unit, but if you plan on adding more units buy bigger now
    My wife went this route and bought a 25 liter direct drive for her nail gun/stapler.
    She hasn't run out of breath yet.....
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    Had a look at the Adendorff ones and the upright 110 Lt seems to be the one. A bit more than I wanted to pay but will bite the air as it will provide for the future equipment.

    Thanks for all the advise.

    Kind regards

    James

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