I've recently lost my crappy Harbor Freight special and I am looking to upgrade. I know that it won't take much to accomplish that element, but I'd like to intelligently invest my money in a quality tool. Frankly, I know very little about air compressors, hence I am seeking advice.
We bought a new (to us) home almost two years ago. We installed some 1/2" solid strand bamboo flooring (900~ sq. ft.) and a trim package last year. During the trim install, the compressor died. To my amusing lack of luck, the flooring product has failed - finish chipping, boards emanating odd waxy substance, scratches super easy, and T&G's are popping. Before someone asks, yes, it was installed to spec. and I also had the help of a 40+ year master craftsman.
Bottom line, we get to replace the entire flooring project and trim
It's even more awesome because the bamboo was supposed to be done in time for us to lay LVT in wet areas... which was supposed to be completed two mos before our first child was born. Well, that didn't happen. So, we get to rip everything and start all over.
Back on point - key things I've researched and/or otherwise been told I should look for....
- A pancake or hot-dog style (around 2 gal.)
- Oil splash, supposedly tends to be a stronger and more reliable motor
- Something as quiet as possible - might have to install while the little guy is here
- Relatively light? Hoping for something around 60-70 lbs.
Any input or insight is greatly appreciated. Thanks!