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and for how long? if you just want to blast a knives a smaller compressor would be ok but you will have to wait a while for it to keep up
your would still want the strongest one that will run on 110 volt thats what I have and I wish I got a 220v 60 gallon one I dont know what other kinds of shop work you do but things like die grinders and D/a sanders suck alot of air if you want use tools like that get no less then a floor model
Forget about HP, what you're interested in is PSI and CFM. You need to know how many PSI you need to run a given tool as well as how many CFM of air it needs. Most tools will give you this kind of info on the packaging (if not, call the manufacturer).
All that being said, buy as much compressor as you can afford, you will NEVER regret having too much, but you will ALWAYS regret having too little. Heck, I've got a 5HP 60gal compressor and I feel it's "limiting" my future since I'll need to buy another bigger one if I ever find a way to finance an Iron Kiss air hammer from John Larson.
i have the home depot 6hp 60 gal tank in my shop and also in several of my dealerships 5 years and never had a problem with any of them i think i paid $399. the brand on them are husky great machines for the money! bb
Yea, PSI and CFM are important. The ones that keep up with the most air abusing tools are the ones with the roots style induction like a supercharger for a car. The larger the air tank the less the compressor has to work to keep up with what you are doing. Here's mine in a perfect world.