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Would appreciate Compressor recommendations?
uproar
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Nebraska, United States
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Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 06:32 AM UTC
Greetings,

Over the last few years, I have made my way through a variety of airbrushes: a Paasche single action, Paasche double action, Aztek Metal A4809 airbrush (got a great deal on eBay on that one), and finally, the piece' de resistance, an Iwata Revolution CR, which is probably the airbrush I'm going to be using the most. I have a Paasche D500 Compressor with a regulator and a moisture trap, and would like to consider upgrading--does anyone have any suggestions on a good compressor? I would like one with a regulator, moisture trap, etc., perhaps an airtank if necessary. I mostly build armour and aircraft.

Thanks!

ws48
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Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 08:57 PM UTC
I have an Iwata Power Jet Pro. Supplies regulated air to two guns. Air supply is even with no initial surge you can get with shop compressors. Also very quiet operation.
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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2008 - 03:13 AM UTC
Hi,

If you have the room, personally I would suggest getting a full sized air compressor like a Craftsman, Porter Cable, etc. A decent one will only cost about $200 and can be used for far more than just airbrushing. Of course you'd need to get a separate regulator/moisture trap (about another $30). I'm currently using a Porter Cable 15 gallon compressor and have never had a problem.

Just my 2 cents,

Scott
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Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - 04:36 PM UTC
How bout Sil-Air?
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Posted: Friday, March 28, 2008 - 04:50 PM UTC
Yep, the Iwata Smart Jet Pro or Power Jet Pro are both sweet compressors. Take your pick.
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Nebraska, United States
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Posted: Friday, March 28, 2008 - 05:06 PM UTC
Greetings,
Thanks for all the responses...I think I might lean towards the Iwata Power Jet. I would like a compressor with an air tank, but really don't need the dual-brush feature of the Pro model.

Thanks guys,
Rory
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Posted: Friday, April 04, 2008 - 04:57 PM UTC
you might have alook at airbrush depot.com, I purchased their inhouse brand TC196 for $170.00 plus shipping, has a tank, dual piston, is very quiet, light weight and small size compared to a huge tool compressor, I am very pleased with it so far a very good value.
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Posted: Sunday, April 06, 2008 - 11:49 PM UTC
If you want a tank, why not bypass the compressor altogether and go with CO2? It's ridiculously inexpensive, quiet, and alleviates the moisture problems.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 05:03 AM UTC
I'm biased; I love my silentaire compressors. Had too many problems with cheaper options- just decided to jump in and do it. I spray usually late at night, in my house/in a booth, and silence is a necessity. I love them. The are not cheap, but are worth it. Other silent compressors proly are just as good. Look for them second hand; you will often find some great deals!
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Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 11:59 AM UTC
I live in a fairly dry climate so water trapping in the line is not an issue for me and I don't have a need for super silence or anything special. A good steady supply of clean,dry, regulated air is all I need. For that purpose, I've found that the $100 dollar compressors with airtanks that are used to power light airtools are good enough for what I need. The airtank supplies the air to the airbrush so there's no pulsing and the pump comes on automatically to refill the tank whenever the pressure drops enough. A decent regulator and voila. These can be found at most big box hardware stores and are relatively inexpensive. If you went with something like that, you could always add a moisture trap.



Bob