I have an old craftsman impact gun model number 875-188992. what size compressor do I need for taking off lug nuts/automotive work?
The two most important specs are CFM at 90 psi (that's how fast the compressor can compress more air when the tank starts to run low) and how big the tank is. Virtually any compressor that has a top pressure rating 20 psi higher than you need for your tool (which is usually about 90 psi) and that has a tank of a couple of gallons will work. But the smaller the tank, the shorter time you can operate the tool before the compressor has to kick in. And the lower the CFM at 90, the longer you will have to wait for the tank to come up to pressure again so you can operate the tool at full pressure. If this is for occasional use and you aren't in a hurry, you don't need much of a compressor at all. If you want to operate continuously, then you should get something with a CFM at 90 psi that is higher than your tool's CFM consumption. Keep in mind that impact wrenches don't operate continuously like paint sprayers do.
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Jun 07, 2011 |
Air Tools & Compressors