I Post Entirely Way Too Much
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Las Vegas
iTrader: 4 reviews
Two types, reciprocating pump which is the most common and a screw type like the Whipple on my car. You need to look at your needs. Basically how much pressure you want and what kind of capacity you need. Flow makes a difference too. Look at the tools you want to use and what their needs are. Most air tools will say they need x amount of pressure at x amount of CFM for sustained operation. I have a 20 something gallon tank which is decent capacity for me but I wish I would have gone another 25 psi up to 150. The DIY garage where I rent lift time has 150 psi in their lines and it does make a difference. For painting you will need less pressure and more capacity. You will also need some kind of air drier.
As far a China Freight stuff I have two of theirs that I've had for years. My first one had the on off switch go out but that was an easy fix, and my current one runs fine. You can see it in the corner in my other Harbor Freight thread. Like I said I wish I had gone with the 150 psi model instead, but it has never let me down. I got them from there because of price and the amount of hours that I use it. I wouldn't necessarily get them for an industrial application where constant use is an issue. but for my garage and the few hours I actually use it, I just couldn't see spending a ton on one.
Whipple, 3.125" pulley-Comp NSR's-Meziere-Pacesetter L/T's+Outlaws-Level 10 trans-PI 3400-PH driveshaft-Auburn Pro LSD-Richmond 4.10's-CobraJet springs-Viking shocks-BMR control arms, panhard, rear sway bar-and a bunch of other really cool shit