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I'm moving from an apt to a house, but the house doesn't have a garage.  I'll have a decent sized shed for storing tools, etc.  I've started looking at portable air compressors, but I'm really not familiar with them.
 
What do I need to know?
 
What brands are better than others?
 
Is tank capacity the #1 consideration, or should I be more focused on duty cycle?

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First you'll need to ask yourself is you want to run air tools. If so CFM/PSI will be your biggest concern, right after that is tank size/duty cycle, they go hand in hand really. The bigger the volume of stored air the lower the run time will be. 

 

If you want a smaller tank which is easier to move than you will probably want higher CFM and better duty cycle. If your looking for something stationary that you can plumb lines from inside the shed and have fittings plumbed for outside access that would make life easy and noise would stay in shed.you could then choose a bigger tank with a duty cycle of say 85-90%

 

With all that said

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Ingersoll-Rand-4-Gal-Portable-Twin-Tank-Electric-Air-Compressor-P1IU-A9/202885704?N=5yc1vZc27pZ8rc#specifications

 

Personally i like IR and the above is both portable quality and 100% duty cycle. 

Me and dad have only ever had IR in our garages. and the two we have now have been running since the EARLY 2000s

Bostich, Bosch, portacable, and cambell hausfeld are good as well. 

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Thanks

 

i'm definitely going to be running air tools off it

 

Are there any downsides to going for a larger tank?

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This is what I have. Impressed with it so far. Has two hose connections, I have one going to a retractable hose reel on the wall and the other I use for a second tool if needed. http://m.homedepot.com/p/Husky-33-Gal-Quiet-Portable-Electric-Air-Compressor-C331H/203995169

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This is what I have. Impressed with it so far. Has two hose connections, I have one going to a retractable hose reel on the wall and the other I use for a second tool if needed. http://m.homedepot.com/p/Husky-33-Gal-Quiet-Portable-Electric-Air-Compressor-C331H/203995169

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that retractable reel is reallly nice = I'm tired of tripping over and unknotting my stupid hose

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that retractable reel is reallly nice = I'm tired of tripping over and unknotting my stupid hose

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This is what I have. Impressed with it so far. Has two hose connections, I have one going to a retractable hose reel on the wall and the other I use for a second tool if needed. http://m.homedepot.com/p/Husky-33-Gal-Quiet-Portable-Electric-Air-Compressor-C331H/203995169

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is it a pain to wheel around?

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is it a pain to wheel around?

Nah not really, it moved easily but it is big and isn't light. I've only had to move it out of the garage and down the driveway a bit before I picked up a longer hose and the hose reel. I definitely wouldn't want to have to take it up and down even a few steps repeatedly.

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