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Quiet air compressor for drying parts?


By FatPanda

1 year ago



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    #1 1 year ago

    Anyone have any recommendations for a quiet affordable air compressor that I can use indoors without waking up the neighborhood to use primarily as a source of air to dry parts, but occasionally to power a nail/staple gun? I've been using canned air for now, but it gets expensive and they don't last that long.

    #2 1 year ago
    Quoted from FatPanda:

    Anyone have any recommendations for a quiet affordable air compressor

    I recently bought the larger four gallon version of this:
    California Air Tools CAT-1P1060S Light & Quiet Portable Air Compressor, Silver amazon.com link »

    My father bought this exact one though.
    It’s extremely quiet. I’m very impressed with it.

    If you’re using it for drying parts I’d recommend putting a coalescing filter in-line with your hose.

    #3 1 year ago

    Highly recommend California Air Tools as well. I have a husky (Home Depot) “Silent Flow” double hot dog unit (bigger than the one linked above) which is no longer made, but my understanding is it was a rebranded unit manufactured by CAT. It really is super quiet. You can stand right next to it and have a conversation with someone without raising your voice.

    Just keep in mind air blowers use a TON of compressed air - you need a unit with sufficient flow to keep up.

    #4 1 year ago

    it would just be for short bursts. Example, I but some flipper bats in the ultrasonic cleaner and needed to dry them off before reinstalling. I used canned air but it was starting to run low. Not really idea. I'll have to look into the husky HD brand if they are rebranded CAT compressors!

    #5 1 year ago
    Quoted from FatPanda:

    a quiet affordable air compressor

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    #6 1 year ago

    You're always welcome to come blow dry parts for me

    #7 1 year ago
    Quoted from FatPanda:

    You're always welcome to come blow dry parts for me

    Funny you should say that because that's what I use. Not a straw, but and old hair dryer.

    #8 1 year ago
    Quoted from FatPanda:

    I'll have to look into the husky HD brand if they are rebranded CAT compressors!

    The “Silent Flow” model was, but don’t assume they all are... that’s the ONLY one I know of that was CAT, as far as I know.

    #9 1 year ago

    You could also build a baffle box for it.

    Definitely want an oiled compressor versus the cheap “dry” ones.

    #10 1 year ago
    Quoted from jwilson:

    You could also build a baffle box for it.

    I put my noisy compressor in a cardboard box with various scraps of foam padding.

    It cuts down on the noise considerably, but it's a large box, and the compressor can sometimes overheat if it cycles too much.

    #11 1 year ago

    Almost sounds like an airbrush compressor might be what you need.

    Not necessarily this brand as I have no clue how loud it is but you'll at least get the idea:
    https://www.harborfreight.com/15-hp-58-psi-oilless-airbrush-compressor-kit-69434.html

    #12 12 months ago
    Quoted from 85vett:

    Almost sounds like an airbrush compressor might be what you need.
    Not necessarily this brand as I have no clue how loud it is but you'll at least get the idea:
    https://www.harborfreight.com/15-hp-58-psi-oilless-airbrush-compressor-kit-69434.html

    The connector doesn't look like it'll adapt to a quick connect. Looks like it threads right on to the airbrush?

    I have an 8 gallon Central Pneumatic that wakes the dead. Very loud.

    #13 12 months ago

    Just get some connectors for a 1/4" quick connect. I have a ingersoll rand pancake one and a hf airbrush compressor. I just let my parts dry overnight or the weekend and have no need for a air compressor.

    #14 12 months ago

    I bought the Rolair JC 10 for this exact reason. I can run this compressor downstairs and you can’t hear it running upstairs. Super quiet .

    #15 12 months ago
    Quoted from generalgman:

    I bought the Rolair JC 10 for this exact reason. I can run this compressor downstairs and you can’t hear it running upstairs. Super quiet .

    A little bit more than I would like to spend for it's intended use, but I will certainly look into it!

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