I know we have had this conversation here before, can't seem to locate it and I've given more thought to it and am now ready to purchase an Air Compressor to do my dirty work (all pun intended).
Canned air has gone up in price, just like everything, and I'm looking for a cheaper way to blow the dust out of computers that I work on. I need to get a compressor thats small enough to fit under my in home work bench (I've got plenty of room) and does not come on every 1 minute. If it needs to refill once every 30-1 hour after heavy use, then I can live with that. As long as its not on for more than 5 or so minutes.
So I've looked at the electric "portables" which all range from 1-3.5 gallon tanks, and something low in PSI like 90 PSI. Problem is, all of them seem to have heavy draw backs of being cheap in quality, refilling constantly (because of the small capacity) and taking a long time to refill up to pressure, if they even hold that pressure.
I'm considering a Husky brand compressor. I've had great luck with my ratchet set, 13 draw tool box, ect and really like that I can return it to my local Home Depot if I'd like.
8 Gallon, 125 PSI Electric Compressorhttp://www.homedepot.com/Husky/h_d1/N-2 ... ifications
3 Gallon, 125 PSI Electric Compressor w/Accessories http://www.homedepot.com/Husky/h_d1/N-2 ... JWYXIaM5YY
Another 3 Gallon, 125 PSI Electric Compressor w/Accessories (Not sure the difference between this and the other 3 gallon... different generation/model?)http://www.homedepot.com/Husky/h_d1/N-2 ... JWYqoaM5YY
When you consider that canned air runs about 20 bucks for a pack of 3 (3m Dusters) from Sam's Club (what used to cost me 8-9 bucks). I can instead pay around 100-150 bucks to get something that will pay itself off in less than 1 year, I mean why not? And yes, I go through that much canned air, sometimes 6 cans in a month. I'm not one of those hold the can open until its all gone people, I'm the short burst kinda guy.
What are your thoughts and experiences guys and gals? Bare in mind I do plan on using this to pump up the tires in the vehicles, possible get some other tool attachments. I'm still in the process of building my arsenal of tools, so having something like this in the shop if it can be justified on just blowing computers out alone for now would be ideal.