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Transportable compressor recommendation

Discussion in 'Airbrush Compressors' started by amrogers3, Oct 30, 2018.


  1. amrogers3

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    Howdy. Looking for a compressor I can pack up and take on road. I came across the guy below but not sure if Master is good. Iwata compressors are more compact and lighter (~6 lbs) but operate below 20. Trying to operate around 20-25 psi and use a air flow regulator to dial down pressure at AB. Going to pack in foam or keep in box and transport in a carryon.

    http://www.tcpglobal.com/MASTER-AIR...H-6-AIR-HOSE-MOISTURE-TRAP-.html#.W9iEjq2ZPXE
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    I'd say you've selected the best available for your intended purpose.
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    The numbers are optimistic for both this one and the silver jet.

    But maintaining 18 psi optimistically (probably more like 15 in short sessions) is almost unusable for me as even small backgrounds get to be a hassle at that point.

    While maintaining 25 realistically on the master is plenty useable for small work.
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    Agreed, trying to shoot at 15 would not be good. Master's ABs are junk, hope their compressors are not.

    If you have any ideas on a better 20>psi model, I am all ears.
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    Nada, this one area I think the brand names are actually lagging behind. Idk if sparmax has something similar....if so you're probably looking at s big price jump for not a whole lot of quality gain.
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    Nope nm, forgot for a second sparmax is iwata. Compressor wise
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    I can recommend spraygunner over tcp global though.

    The skyline compressor is the same thing .
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    Is this too big? California Air Tools CAT-1P1060S

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    .21 cfm at 10psi so roughly .1 at 20psi optimistically.

    Brush uses .5-.6 @ 30psi

    .4-.5@20.

    This means you could pull off a stencil on a fingernail @20psi before needing to stop for a few seconds.
    1 dot at 30psi
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    ok that sounds bad but I dont understand the numbers. So I can't go by 30 psi working pressure because although it is 30 psi, it isn't pushing out enough air and therefore not enough paint?

    Can you explain those nunbers and what they mean?

    Found this, check out at 2:26
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    Cfm is the volume of air it can produce at a given pressure.

    So for instance, I can use a pump that fits in my hand that reaches 175psi.

    But it hasn't got a chance of running a spray gun at 30psi.

    Because it's going to put out .1 cfm
    And the gun uses 9 cfm
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    Longest continuous spray I saw there counted about 4 seconds. And audibly it was dropping pressure.

    Try it though if you want to.


    My smallest compressor works up to 50psi and outputs .8 cfm.

    It still becomes frustrating at times bc the best it can do is keep up with illustration at a fairly slow pace.

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