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Cheap compressor for rare use

losh1971

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Anyone recommend a cheap compressor they might have seen on sale at any time that comes on sale regularly? I have a decent comp but it just won't drive sandblaster well enough, even though it I think 260lpm FAD, was supposed to be around 320lpm. I paid $1000 for it but I'm not impressed..... I was told it would run my sandblaster and nup it won't not continually anyway. I'd like to plumb in another to the same line just to aid the blaster, cheapy direct drive is fine. Only time it will be used is when I need to sandblast.
I found a cheapy at TTI for $209 that delivers 145FAD. I'm just wondering if anyone else has seen similar or better for cheaper or similar price any time? If the TTI is as good as it gets in the price range then I will buy it. I have been looking for SH units but people are asking $150 for what looks like worn out junk. I don't want to sell mine and start over, because even the biggest Iron Air at TTI only flows 320lpm in the single phase. I'm not in a hurry but my birthday is next week and I will probably save my birthday money and use it to buy a small compressor, when something comes up. $240 is my limit.
 

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There’s a Ryobi one that Bunnings do that takes a flogging.
 

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Thanks Fu I will have look.
 

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What is the current compressor you have?
Have you tried using a smaller nozzel or gun on your cabinet?
 

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Miller's Falls the biggest single phase one they sell. I have a tank type blaster. Tried small tips but it still runs out of air and need to wait for pressure to build up.
 

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As above hook up another tank to double capacity....just means got to wait awhile to fill both tanks before use but much longer use than single tank.

Disconnect when not blasting.
 

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The issue is that even with a bigger tank the pressure soon drops below 90psi. I have a 100L tank that should be plenty of air volume. I honestly think that the blaster requires over 400lpm FAD to keep it at 90psi min.
 

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The pump won't kick I until it drops below 90psi as well and by that time it huge amount of volume has been zapped.
 

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Supercheap occasionally put theirs down to half price. But I think the sale is usually as a starter kit so includes a bunch of stuff you don't need . I haven't compared the quality to others but it claims a 180lpm FAD.
 
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