Saturday, October 14, 2017

a pressing issue...


One tool I have found very handy out here is an air compressor.  My 15 year old Porter Cable has been showing its age for the past year.  Finally got to the point where it was blowing the breaker on my generator every time I fired it up.  Trouble shot the issue back to the pressure switch.  Found a replacement online - a no-brainer as far as shopping goes.  Replace the switch for $95 or buy a whole new compressor for $107.  89,94,61,0,C

10 comments:

David Johnson said...

Stack the tanks and have larger storage of air.

Margery Bills said...

Would buying a new one be better in the long run and keep the older one as a spare (parts) or sell it?

John Wells said...

Margery...that is exactly what I did. It didn't make much sense to buy a replacement part that costs almost as much as a whole new compressor.

Margery Bills said...

Yes, looked that way, noticed after the comment.

joe doakes said...

...........John , are you aware that they make a pancake type compressor with a 3.5 hp gas engine ? They run around $600 but they produce significantly more cfm for their size than the electrical pancake you display in your pic . Might even run a 3/8's air ratchet or a air chisel . Just a thought !

Michael Berry said...

The Bostich is a good unit. There is one in my driveway parked next to an F250 with a flat tire right now.

Herb said...

Keep the old tanks from the now defunct compressor and turn them into auxiliary tanks. It will give you more volume.

Larry G said...

oh oh... something else on a stack somewhere! ;-)

got the same problem.. over and over..

Tal ChaiTai said...

It's borderline tough call because it's not apples to apples. I do love Porter Cable; it's a the real deal, an industrial machine. The little Bostitch, while a very good consumer brand, is smaller in this model in all respects, and will struggle to try to do what the Porter Cable id, and will be noticeable immediately. But, really, it may not matter that it's a little slower and runs longer to accomplish the same task. That's a judgment call.

To me, the real question is, (with longevity and stability and production in mind) do you repair the Porter Cable or buy a new Porter Cable, or Milwaukee, or Bosch, or even Makita.

Closeoutracer said...

I want one of those super small, super quiet, super efficient Rollair compressors. I love little compressors.