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Old 12-17-2004, 10:03 AM
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I am getting an air compressor for christmas and I was set on getting a Craftsman but I am not sure how long that one would last.So I started looking and I found a grizzly and it seems alot better made. Then I was thinking about getting a propane tank and making it a larger compacity would this be a better way to go? My problem is tommarow is the sale on the craftsman so it is now or never I could get it for $150 with all the sales.
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Old 12-17-2004, 10:20 AM
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Go with the Grizzly for sure, its a belt driven model, that Sears model looks like a direct drive, which you will become to hate, noisy operation.

The grizzly is on wheels and that might work to your advantage as well.

For more capacity, do what I did, keep an eye out in your local buy and sell papers for a used compressor tank, I found one, 80 gallon for 100.00, he even delivered it too.
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Old 12-17-2004, 02:37 PM
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Do not get a direct drive unless you like a lot of noise.
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Old 12-17-2004, 10:15 PM
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I think I am going to get the Grizzly but it is 220 and we only ran one 220 line for the welder and everytrhing is behind osb. Any ideas for wiring?
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Make yourself an overgrown cube tap, plug the welder into one side and the compressor into the other side.
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Do you mean running two plugs on one line?
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OK I went to buy it and they want $58.00 to ship it so I am thinking I would be better off to wait and get a better one at an auction. And watch the local paper for used ones for sale.
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Ok I am going tommarow to look at one of these except it is three year old, and a 6 hp instead of 7hp. The guy said it works we will see. He is asking $275. And the high point is he said it will run off from 110 or 220v so I wont have to run a new line, if it would run off from 110 why would I wire it for 220v?
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Ok I am going tommarow to look at one of these except it is three year old, and a 6 hp instead of 7hp. The guy said it works we will see. He is asking $275. And the high point is he said it will run off from 110 or 220v so I wont have to run a new line, if it would run off from 110 why would I wire it for 220v?
Don, do a little math based on these facts:
1 hp = 746 watts
6 hp = 4,476 watts
amps x volts = watts, or
4476 watts / 120 volts = 37.3 amps or
4476 watts / 240 volts = 18.65 amps

How many 40 amp, 120 volt circuits did you run when you wired your shop?
In other words, you are one hell of a lot better off to run a big motor on 240 volts because of the size wire you can use, if for no other reason. Besides the motor & all the wiring will run more efficiently and cooler on 240 volts. The "ability" of any kind of shop equipment to run off 120 volts is rarely a "high point", just a selling point for the unaware.
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Old 12-18-2004, 08:29 PM
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Thanks cutter I am now "aware" do you think I would be ok if I just made two plugs off from the line my welder runs on? If I can't do that I will have to hack my wall a bit to run a line. I can kick myself now for not running more 220V lines.
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