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Hey guys, one of my compressors died and I'm in the market for a new one. Can anyone give me some thoughts? Looking for something quiet and compact in the $200-400 range. Thanks!!!

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Hi Tim:

 

I used a Badger 180 for along time but it finally died. They will fox it for a set price and I love that about Badger. There are silent ones but they cost more money. This one has good reviews

 

https://www.amazon.com/Badger-Air-Brush-Co-T909-Compressor/dp/B000BPUTUU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1482157184&sr=8-3&keywords=badger+air+compressor

 

This Iwata is also supposed to be pretty good

 

https://www.amazon.com/Iwata-Medea-Studio-Double-Piston-Compressor/dp/B000PIETN6/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1482157275&sr=8-8-spons&keywords=airbrush+compresor&refinements=p_72%3A2661618011&psc=1&smid=A1Y3PCPH3CY53X

 

I am using one like this now:

 

https://www.amazon.com/MASTER-AIRBRUSH-TC-20T-COMPRESSOR-REGULATOR/dp/B0038D38AA

 

Dave

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Quiet leaves mine out. I've been using a Sears brand one for almost 20 years and it's still going strong.

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Just throwing it out there - would you consider CO2? I've been using it for years now and like it a lot.

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I have considered CO2, I have built my own building to build models in so the storage of it wouldn't be a problem.

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Hey guys, one of my compressors died and I'm in the market for a new one. Can anyone give me some thoughts? Looking for something quiet and compact in the $200-400 range. Thanks!!!

So is this just for an airbrush or are you going to do something else with it, like impact wrenches or other heavy duty stuff. For example, this is a pro grade compressor that is relatively quite when running, but one charge and you could run an airbrush for weeks. It is at the top of your range, but it has uses far beyond the average air brush. http://www.sears.com/craftsman-professional-27-gallon-super-quiet-vertical-portable/p-00916474000P?plpSellerId=Sears&prdNo=2&blockNo=2&blockType=G2 Over kill for an airbrush but a great tool for all kinds of things besides. By the way, they use to make a pancake compressor in this range and I have it. Been running strong for 20 years and I use it for airbrushing and all kind of stuff beyond.

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I'm just wanting something for my airbrush only, I have a big compressor to run everything else with. I was just wanting some opinions on what was on the market now from people that have experience with them. I have had 2 small Cambell Housefield compressors die this year that I have had for a long time. I just bought a Badger TC910 Aspire Pro From Amazon and got it in today. I done my first plane with it this afternoon and seems to be a good buy. I appreciate all the feedback, most of the time online reviews are skewed one way or another because the company can keep or delete your opinion. I needed some help from fellow modelers so I could get the truth of the matter. 🤔🤔

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I have never had a compressor die on me so I can't speak to the longevity of any of them. If you have a large compressor, why not get a portable air tank and save some serious money. Airbrushes don't require a lot of volume, just consistent pressure so a portable air tank with pressure regulator would work and probably cost you less that $100. No moving parts so it would be durable.

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If you've already got a major compressor I would have run an air line to your modeling bench. Well, you've got the compressor now so maybe next time...

The Keeper

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I recently bought this compressor from Micro-Mark. http://www.micromark.com/whisper-air-compressor,12331.html

 

It is pretty quiet. I have it on top of my desk, next to the spray booth. I was not too happy with it's low pressure feature. Effectively, it just lets excess air out. I use it connected to a separate air bottle with a pressure regulator attached to the brush connection.

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I got a CO2 tank years ago, and in the South it has paid off in that I don't have to think about the humidity when I paint. Setup was under $150 then and refills are under $10 now.

 

As you have a big compressor, is it big enough to charge a small bottle? If so, get a small bottle and you'll have a quiet air source for very little $$

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Quiet leaves mine out. I've been using a Sears brand one for almost 20 years and it's still going strong.

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Hey Ron

I have a Sears 125PSI

3 gallon. With pressor gauages & regulator. I'm brand new to airbrushing just a month. Could I use

certain fitting to hook- up my airbrush?

Don't know if that's possible?

Do you have the same compressor that I have ?

If so, can you tell me what I need to get going please.

Thank you Ron

Ray M.

a.k.a. schooner

IPMS #50394

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