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Dave Atkinson01/03/2010 09:06:40
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HI all

I have an opportunity to buy a compressor, 1.5Hp - as yet I don;t know how big the tank is, but I understand it is a Powertask from Axminster.  It comes with a nailer and paint sprayer.  I was thinking of buying it so I could use one of those air driven piercing/carving tools.  (the nailer might come in handy to stick my turnings back together again (before you mention it!)

Trouble is I know damn all about the tooling.

Can anyone tell me what size reservoir is needed in the compressor?  Where do you buy the tools themselves?  Any other useful information

 Looking forward to the replies.
Cheers Dave

Edited By Dave Atkinson on 01/03/2010 09:07:23

Alan T.01/03/2010 09:48:06
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Hello Dave, I bought a small air compressor complete with spray gun tyre inflater and nailer. I use it mostly to clean dust out of difficult grain patterns before applying finish and also to power my air brush. Its also generally useful for cleaning dust of shelves etc in the workshop.Thinking it would be easier to manipulate than my battery drill while power sanding I bought an air drill with an air requirement similar to the output of the compressor. It did not work . The machine could not keep up and was permanently on. The noise is also not pleasant. To be successful I would need one with twice as much output and also site it somewhere other than the workshop. To sum up, OK but not perfect. Alan T. 
Sparky01/03/2010 13:58:52
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Hi Dave

Compressor made in Italy. All else made in China.
Selling for less than £60 (used)
All I can find on Powertask is Rockworth powertask which are Nutool/Nu Air, I wonder if Axminster just sold their compressors.

It seems Axminster doesn't do that model anymore (that I can find).
Hope this helps.
Dave Atkinson01/03/2010 14:24:06
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Thanks Alan and Marc for the information
Cheers Dave 
Ron Davis01/03/2010 19:48:25
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If you have ever used an air tool. you will be thankful for progress in the shape of a battery powered drill. Air tools are notable for lack of torque, and that is in a garage wih industrial equipment.
Dave Atkinson02/03/2010 09:15:05
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Thanks Ron, Marc and Alan
All advice much appreciated.  I've decided to give it a miss for now.
Cheers Dave 
Delete02/03/2010 19:09:07
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I have two small compressors and would not be without them. If you want to use a tool which has what I term a single shot shuch as a nailer then one of these small compressors is fine. If you want to do something which requires a continuous run like sanding you need to look at the air demand for the tool. THe small compressors can typically supply some 5 of 6 cu ft of air per minute. A sander might require 10 cu ft per minute. SO one small compressor will run out of air in a few seconds. Hence I have 2 compressors.  Normally I only run one compressor to inflate tyres and bang in the odd brads. The blower also gets the odd bit of use. When I want to sand I put both compressors on and one has its pressure switch set just under the other. THese 2 units reside outside the Workshop in the Dust collection shed. They can be switched on remotley from the workshop as can the Dust extraction system. If you can get one at the right price go for it a small unit will be limited but think out side the box. you will find it worthwhile.
Ralph Harvey03/03/2010 10:16:18
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I have a smallish compressor that sits under my bench most of the time, i only use it for the nail gun, i keep meaning to look at other tools for it but just havn't got round to it.
When i need it i wouldnt be without it ! just one thing though if you can set it up outside the workshop that is a good, idea mine is very noisy !
Dave Atkinson03/03/2010 10:36:55
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Thanks Roger and Ralph.  I have a small compressor which i use for airbrushing and it is quiet.  It doesn;t get much use but as Ralph says I wouldn't be without it.
Cheers Dave 
dennis wake09/03/2010 17:36:56
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hi Dave
   i have just been looking on this site and it has a section on tips to bying air compressors hope it is of use to you.>>hear<
Dave Atkinson10/03/2010 05:05:51
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Thanks Dennis, that's very useful
Cheers Dave 

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