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    Hi,

    I am going to get an air compressor for my garage/workshop. What is a reasonable capacity and brand to purchase.

    I will need it for auto car cleaning , ocassional painting and some power tools.

    I got quotes for a KCT Dual tank 2HP for 8K while a Vespa 1 HP for 13K.

    Kindly provide some input as most of the products I found do not provide important r specs such as cfm, duty cycles etc...

    I reckon your experiences will help me better when choosing this tool purchase.

    Thank you very much in advance for your help.
    Millermatic 180 Autoset Mig Welder
    Miller Spoolmate 100 Spool Gun
    Victor Firepower 350 Oxy Ace Outfit
    3M Speedglas 9002X AD Helmet
    Makita LC1230 Dry Cut Saw
    Ingersoll Rand Air Tools
    Snap On Tools
    Metabo Power Tools
    Norseman Drill Cutting Tools
    Bosch Power Tools
    3M PPS

  • #2
    Re: Which is best air compressor to buy

    Why is the Vespa 1hp so expensive? I bought my direct drive 2hp for only P5600. This is of course only a small compressor but still 13k seems steep.

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    • #3
      Re: Which is best air compressor to buy

      The 1 HP Vespa I was quoted was belt driven with twin pistons?

      How is the performance of your 1 HP drirect drive?
      Millermatic 180 Autoset Mig Welder
      Miller Spoolmate 100 Spool Gun
      Victor Firepower 350 Oxy Ace Outfit
      3M Speedglas 9002X AD Helmet
      Makita LC1230 Dry Cut Saw
      Ingersoll Rand Air Tools
      Snap On Tools
      Metabo Power Tools
      Norseman Drill Cutting Tools
      Bosch Power Tools
      3M PPS

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      • #4
        Re: Which is best air compressor to buy

        ooops sorry ..

        How is the performance of your 2 HP direct drive compressor and what brand is it?
        Millermatic 180 Autoset Mig Welder
        Miller Spoolmate 100 Spool Gun
        Victor Firepower 350 Oxy Ace Outfit
        3M Speedglas 9002X AD Helmet
        Makita LC1230 Dry Cut Saw
        Ingersoll Rand Air Tools
        Snap On Tools
        Metabo Power Tools
        Norseman Drill Cutting Tools
        Bosch Power Tools
        3M PPS

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        • #5
          Re: Which is best air compressor to buy

          Hello JayL,

          My friends & I have had terrible experiences with KCT air compressors, particularly the KAC-887 and the dual tank models. My unit broke down 5 weeks after I bought it from DIY Shops. The motor gave up again 3 days after the expiry of the 6-month warranty! All this after a total of less than 1 day running time. Now they are charging me PhP3,200 (almost 50% of a brand new unit) to have it repaired!

          On top of that the DIY employees were rude the two times they saw me returning the KCT merchandise. It seems "Customer Relations" and "After Sales Service" are totally alien to them.

          My friend's KCT air compressor broke down the first time he used it. Another friend eventually sold his KCT air compressor at a loss since it continually broke down & repair costs were piling up. Don't be tempted by their cheap price, the durability sucks.

          The Vespa is a much better buy.

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          • #6
            Re: Which is best air compressor to buy

            Thanks for your input.

            Yes I decided to buy Vespa. . In addition I was not impressed by the KCT demo. You really confirmed my initial thoughts on the KCT dual tank model.
            Millermatic 180 Autoset Mig Welder
            Miller Spoolmate 100 Spool Gun
            Victor Firepower 350 Oxy Ace Outfit
            3M Speedglas 9002X AD Helmet
            Makita LC1230 Dry Cut Saw
            Ingersoll Rand Air Tools
            Snap On Tools
            Metabo Power Tools
            Norseman Drill Cutting Tools
            Bosch Power Tools
            3M PPS

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            • #7
              Re: Which is best air compressor to buy

              right now, I have a Vespa 1/4HP and a 1/2 HP, bought them secondhand, its good for DIY paint job, but wouldn't work for power tools,. I still need to save for the 2HP one...

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              • #8
                Re: Which is best air compressor to buy

                Originally posted by clayfigur View Post
                right now, I have a Vespa 1/4HP and a 1/2 HP, bought them secondhand, its good for DIY paint job, but wouldn't work for power tools,. I still need to save for the 2HP one...
                Did you put these 2 compressors in series already to have more output?

                Yes don't even think about the 1 HP. Go at least 2 HP.
                Millermatic 180 Autoset Mig Welder
                Miller Spoolmate 100 Spool Gun
                Victor Firepower 350 Oxy Ace Outfit
                3M Speedglas 9002X AD Helmet
                Makita LC1230 Dry Cut Saw
                Ingersoll Rand Air Tools
                Snap On Tools
                Metabo Power Tools
                Norseman Drill Cutting Tools
                Bosch Power Tools
                3M PPS

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                • #9
                  Re: Which is best air compressor to buy

                  Originally posted by JayL View Post
                  Did you put these 2 compressors in series already to have more output?

                  Yes don't even think about the 1 HP. Go at least 2 HP.
                  Tried it already, the pressure remains the same.. It only limits run time of the motor, but couldn't run any power tools.. I guess a 2HP upgrade would still be needed.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Which is best air compressor to buy

                    Originally posted by clayfigur View Post
                    Tried it already, the pressure remains the same.. It only limits run time of the motor, but couldn't run any power tools.. I guess a 2HP upgrade would still be needed.
                    Yeah most of my air tools need 90 psi as recommended by the manufacturers. However I always want to run these at 115 psi for more oomph. I too need a bigger compressor.
                    Millermatic 180 Autoset Mig Welder
                    Miller Spoolmate 100 Spool Gun
                    Victor Firepower 350 Oxy Ace Outfit
                    3M Speedglas 9002X AD Helmet
                    Makita LC1230 Dry Cut Saw
                    Ingersoll Rand Air Tools
                    Snap On Tools
                    Metabo Power Tools
                    Norseman Drill Cutting Tools
                    Bosch Power Tools
                    3M PPS

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                    • #11
                      Re: Which is best air compressor to buy

                      HI JayL,
                      My post maybe late but somehow I need to share this info for your Vespa purchase. I have used quite a lot of Vespa 1hp-2hp models and I noticed that their later models are using China Heads. You may be able to distinguish them from the Taiwanese heads of Vespa by the shape of the Piston Head base. The China models are now Boxy or are defined at the edges compared to the rounded edge of Taiwan heads. The Piston and compression rings on the Taiwanese lasted longer than the china heads of my units. If you can get Taiwanese better. I hope this helps.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Which is best air compressor to buy

                        luck would not allow me for months now but my eyes were drooling over a powercraft vertical type compressor i saw on display at tools from us..one of my favorite tool store minus the lack of a dedicated parking space for customers.

                        can any one please buy this and test it for yourself?

                        the build looks very decent with a decent price of 18k..

                        hey Jay, get one for yourself and post a review asap! haha
                        The devil will find work for idle hands to do.-[I]Morrissey[/I]

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                        • #13
                          Am planning to buy air compressor what can you say about vespa mini 2ho direct drive do think that this can match the build quality of bel driven vespa 1hp

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JayL View Post
                            Hi,

                            I am going to get an air compressor for my garage/workshop. What is a reasonable capacity and brand to purchase.

                            I will need it for auto car cleaning , ocassional painting and some power tools.

                            I got quotes for a KCT Dual tank 2HP for 8K while a Vespa 1 HP for 13K.

                            Kindly provide some input as most of the products I found do not provide important r specs such as cfm, duty cycles etc...

                            I reckon your experiences will help me better when choosing this tool purchase.

                            Thank you very much in advance for your help.

                            Hey JayL,

                            I would like you to tell that you should go for Makita MAC2400 Big Bore because i have already used it before and it's absolutely perfect for garage and other works. Its specs are 2.5 HP electric motor, 4.2 CFM of compressed air at 90 PSI ,1,720 RPM , 12.3 amp rated electric motor and its prons are that it functional oil drain and sight glass add to the overall convenience.

                            I have also read this guide on internet and found it quite amazing because they have mentioned all the features and specs of the air compressor along with the prices. I hope after reading that your doubts got defenitely got clear.

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