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  1. #1
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    Default Thomas Air Pac ?

    Does anybody have any expirence with or comments about the Thomas Air Pac compressors? I'm considering buying the twin tank, twin pump, 2 HP electric. Runs about $580. Steep price, but the 9 second fill time, the 5 cfm, and the 13.5 amps make it look real good. Any thoughts. http://www.thomasairpac.com/products...T/t-2820st.jsp
    Last edited by smtitmas; 11-23-2006 at 09:43 PM.
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    Default Re: Thomas Air Pac ?

    I have it and like it, but I haven't yet had the chance to really push it. It carries pretty nice and is quiet for it's class. The regulator leaves a bit to be desired: I'll probably be looking to put a more ergonomic knob on it...

    Any specific info you're looking for?
    Last edited by littlebluetruck; 11-23-2006 at 11:25 PM.

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    Default Re: Thomas Air Pac ?

    what i use now are Paslode impulse nailers for trim and a Porter Cable pancake comp for production trim and frame both are very limited in power , speed and reliability so im wanting a sutup with more speed and reliability. Paslodes are always jamming. is the Thomas worth the price?
    S.M.Titmas.

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    Default Re: Thomas Air Pac ?

    smtitmas,
    We have had Thomas oil-less compressors for about 5 years, or since they came out. Bought the first one at a show, which we never do. It has preformed well, minor things like the switch needing to be replaced because we dropped something on it. You might want to shop the price, I think you can do better? We are remodelors so we are not trying to run 3-4 guys at one time off those compressors.
    If I was looking to purchase a new compressor I would look at buying that Max air compressor that can run the high pressure Max guns. it can also run other guns I believe but just in case you decide to purchase one of those Max high pressure guns as we are now we need to also get another compressor. I don't have Max guns website but I'm sure a google search you could get the info.
    Good Luck,

    Marty V.

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    Default Re: Thomas Air Pac ?

    Agreed: you should be able to do a little better on the price. (Amazon is $439 out the door...)

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    Default Re: Thomas Air Pac ?

    I own three of them and would buy it again


    had one of them for six years and push it hard all the time
    It has been very reliable
    Mark Parlee
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    You build to code, code is the minimum to pass this test. Congratulations your grade is a D-

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    Default Re: Thomas Air Pac ?

    Just bought the 3 gallon air-pac 2 months ago and so far I love it. I just got tired of hauling the big compressor with me to do small jobs so I wanted a light replacement so I went with the 3 gallon. The site said you can do framing with it and I was skeptical but it has proved great for stud work and light sheathing. Of course I am no Mark Parlee or Tim Uhler when it comes to framing but I am completely satisfied with its performance. These compressors definitely have balls. I highly recommend them to any carpenters. For a remodeler like myself, I don't think you can do better. No breakers tripping and not absurdly loud, very nice.
    Marco

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    Default Re: Thomas Air Pac ?

    Marko

    I am no Mark Parlee when it comes to framing either, somehow I have turned into a sider
    Mark Parlee
    BESI(building envelope science institute) Envelope Inspector
    EDI Certified EIFS Inspector/Moisture Analyst/Quality Control/Building Envelope II
    Level one thermagrapher (Snell Training)
    www.thebuildingconsultant.com
    www.parleebuilders.com
    You build to code, code is the minimum to pass this test. Congratulations your grade is a D-

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    Default Re: Thomas Air Pac ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Parlee View Post
    Marko

    I am no Mark Parlee when it comes to framing either, somehow I have turned into a sider
    Mark, Somehow you sound unsatisfied with being a sider, look at the bright side, you could be Mark Parlee, Attorney at Law, or Mark Parlee Manager, Burger King Des Moines : )
    Marco

    "Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify."
    Thoreau

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    Default Re: Thomas Air Pac ?

    Thanks for the input guys, ive decided to buy one and will shop around for a lower price. thanks
    S.M.Titmas.

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    Default Re: Thomas Air Pac ?

    I have the T-35Hd—1 HP Ultra Oil-Less Air Compressor from Thomas.
    I have been thru many of the junk brands that didnt last or perform as advertised.

    I can tell you that I wish I had known about the Thomas brand many years ago; because it would have saved me money & headaches. Just make sure you get a model that will supply you with the proper amount of cfms for what you are doing. I even gave their support number a call before I bought and got a lot of really good advice on what size to get.

    One thing a lot of people overlook when buying the small portables is that very few are "designed" to work with extension cords like the Thomas.

    Good choice...............
    Larry in Michigan

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