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Default Air compressor suitability?

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I have zero experience with air compressors, but could use one and a
local store has one on sale with attachments.

The specs a
8 gallon, 1.3 hp running, 125 max psi, 4.5 scfm@40 psi, 3.7 scfm@90

I wanted it to be able to assist with weekend auto repairs (brakes,
calipers, springs, shocks, etc) and as well have some jobs around the
house (nailing hardwood flooring, new trim work, bathroom renovations)
and I would not mind if it were strong enough to be able to do some
touch up spray painting.

Would people here be able to advise me if this unit would be good
enough for that type of work? If not, what would the limitations be?

I am just a 'weekend warrior' not a commercial outfit, so the usage
would be sporadic at best.


From what you say, you will WANT (notice I didn't say NEED) a larger one
than an 8 gallon. If you want to run power tools, one of those will be too
light. Buy at least a two horse upright with a 30 gallon tank. HD has a
Husky for about $300 that is good. DO NOT BUY THE OILLESS COMPRESSOR AS

A small compressor works hard. A larger one doesn't work as hard to do the
same thing. For a lot of what you want, a small compressor will be fine.
But there's the every once in a while when the small one just won't do the
work, and you'll be dead in the water.