Turning Archive 2006

Questions about compressors

Carole Valentine
>I am ready to buy a compressor but the more I look, the more confused I get. Oil-lube, oiless, 2 stage, single stage, 1/2", 1/4" and on and on.
My needs are pretty simple. Can any one give me a quick run-down on the pros and cons? It must be mobile (meaning I can move it around by myself), preferably not ear-splitting when it runs and easy maintainance (I am mechanically challenged when it comes to taking stuff apart and getting it back together the way it should be!) I don't forsee using a lot of fancy air tools, but who knows since I don't currently own a compressor. I want it mainly for blowing out my machines and chucks, cleaning out hollow forms, the filter on the shop vac, etc. My budget is no more than $500. Any recommendations?

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