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Hey guys, I have the small porter air comp from HD, the combo one that came with the air guns. I have a chance to get a small air tank, was thinking about hooking it up as a little more air supply. One of the guys at work said he thought it might not be good for the comp any thoughts John
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I agree with your friend at work. There would be a good chance of over working the compressor capacity beyond what it was designed for.
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Especially for the smaller air cooled comps.
Tanks and pumps are matched for "DUTY EXCHANGE", (charge time/volumeśrest). Too much time charging, (increasing existing volume or extreme consumption) stresses the motor by heating it beyond standard parameters.
Too hot equals seize.
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If you add a small tank to a small air compressor it will give you more reserve but not more air. It will also increase the run time of the compressor meaning it will cycle less often but run longer when it does run. Most of the smaller compressors, especially the oilless type are not designed for this type of use. If you need more air it's best to buy a bigger compressor now and not have to buy one after you have killed the one that you have now. If it's still running it's worth more for re-sale.

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Hi jbishop

I will 2nd.all the other post,,the comp.you will take on most of the air tools you but if you want to use the bigger air tool ( inpact,DA,sanders,sand blasters.,spray guns,etc.) you need a bigger comp...you don't need to spend big bucks for one,check out the HF outlets for some great deals..


The air tanks do come in handy to fill tires,etc. but as a backup the main it will fall short of what you want it for,,

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Hey guys, I have the small porter air comp from HD, the combo one that came with the air guns. I have a chance to get a small air tank, was thinking about hooking it up as a little more air supply. One of the guys at work said he thought it might not be good for the comp any thoughts John



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