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Old 01-19-2009, 11:01 AM   #1
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Air Compressor on generator?

I'm having a heck of a time finding the electrical specs on these things... I can't even find numbers on my Campbell Hausfeld sitting in my garage-

What I'm looking for is a portable model, with at least 2GAL capacity, that my YAMAHA 2400 will run... I've been told compressors tend to draw monster loads on start-up

Any ideas?
Without knowing the motors efficiency coefficient- is there anyway to derive watts/amps from HP?
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Old 01-19-2009, 11:04 AM   #2
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I don't know if this helps, but the framers who were working on my house used a very large compressor - I'm guessing around 50 gallon. All of my temporary power outlets are 15 Amp and they were able to operate their compressor with no problems.
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I just looked at my Porter-Cable 6 gallon pancake compressor and it's listed at 10 amps. That shouldn't be a problem. But if you really need to know, I'll haul out the Yamaha and test it.
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Another alternative could be what Jeepers use. Because they deflate their tires for rock crawling some adapt an old auto AC compressor to reinflate the tires. Adapt by mounting the compressor in the engine compartment to run off of a 'fan' belt.
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Hi, I have a home model air compressor [2.5 H.P. / 120 Volts / 15.0 Amps] with about a twenty gallon tank and my Yamaha 2400 won't start it. [Yamaha 2400 rated at 16.7 amps max]
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Old 01-20-2009, 05:06 AM   #6
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this is sorta what I had in mind...
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Old 11-06-2009, 09:38 AM   #7
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Did you ever find what you are looking for? I'm trying to find the same type of compressor as in the last image...a tankless, adjustable output for my airstream. Any recommendations? Thanks.
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I ended up buying a tiny 1gallon 'powermate' on sale for $48 from K-Mart. Small enough to fit in trailer trunk. (No specs on the box, "100PSI working pressure" whatever that means, took me 3x as long to blow-out the lines/waterheater). EF2400 didn't flinch at all running it.
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I run my 40 and 60 gallon 4 and 5 hp compressors with my 3500w generator, along with circular, miter and table saws. You should be able to run any 2 gal compressor with a 2400. Stay with a name brand like dewalt or porter cable. Some of the less known brands have higher startup loads (I had one).

I'll go out and look at mine and post what they are rated at...

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My Dewalt trim compressor (1Gallon) is rated at 1560 watts. (amps x voltage = watts roughly)

You should be okay with any small trim compressor. Just ask if it will run from a 20 amp outlet....

20a outlet at 120v is rated at 2400 watts max....

Look for a compressor with a smaller motor. Bigger the motor the more amps it takes (more watts). Bigger motor means quicker recovery, smaller motor just takes a little longer (runs longer)..my dewalt is .6 hp

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Just as some additional info...
My Honda 2000 will run a 2hp Campbell pancake version but WONT run a 2hp Horrible Freight unit that I bought.

Well, It will RUN it but only if ya dump all of the pressure from the tank before you try to fire it up.
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I'm having a heck of a time finding the electrical specs on these things... I can't even find numbers on my Campbell Hausfeld sitting in my garage-

What I'm looking for is a portable model, with at least 2GAL capacity, that my YAMAHA 2400 will run... I've been told compressors tend to draw monster loads on start-up

Any ideas?
Without knowing the motors efficiency coefficient- is there anyway to derive watts/amps from HP?
I have run my portable 2 gallon CH compressor off my Honda 2000. Eco throttle off.
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This one will have a lower amp draw (smaller motor) 2.0 amp

FP209599DI - Campbell Hausfeld 2-Gallon Inflation and Fastening Air Compressor with Nailer and Accessory Kit
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Did you ever find what you are looking for? I'm trying to find the same type of compressor as in the last image...a tankless, adjustable output for my airstream. Any recommendations? Thanks.
i have one from Craftsman that is like this one.
CAMPBELL HAUSFELD PORTABLE AIR COMPRESSOR KIT FP2004 CAMPBELL HAUSFELD

you'll need a tank if you want to blow out the water lines properly. the pressure regulator isn't exact.
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My solution to your problem was HARBOR FREIGHT had 12volt tankless compressors on sale a while back and I bought one.I can open my battery box and hookup with alligator clips and the hose and cords are long enough to reach Trailer tires or TV tires when on the road. Its in a nice plastic case and stores easily. I carry it in the truck at all times in case I have a problem even when not towing.
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I recently purchased a Craftsman 4 gal. 3/4 hp Pancake Air Compressor from Sears and my Honda EU2000i generator has no issues running it. Overload light never came on and generator never ran more than about 1/2 throttle.
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My solution to your problem was HARBOR FREIGHT had 12volt tankless compressors on sale a while back and I bought one.I can open my battery box and hookup with alligator clips and the hose and cords are long enough to reach Trailer tires or TV tires when on the road. Its in a nice plastic case and stores easily. I carry it in the truck at all times in case I have a problem even when not towing.
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You may want to test it. I had one simular that would not inflate my truck tire to operating pressure. 75-80 PSI. It had a hard time inflating the trailer tires as well. I gave it away. I used to carry a 2 gallon 120VAC compressor and generator. I now have an on board 145 PSI compressor.
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Thanks Michelle
I have tested,that was the first time I did when I got it home. It worked just fine.Mine will bring truck tire to 85 no problem.
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Ive got a Porter Cable pancake compressor. It runs just fine on my Yamaha 2400. I used it just last week to blow out the water lines, etc. It's this little guy:

Delta Machinery|Porter Cable Product Details for 150 psi, 6 gal Oil-Free Pancake Compressor - Model # C2002

It weighs nothing, has two quick disconnect outlets for e.g nailguns or air hoses, can't weigh thirty pounds. Found one on sale new for $120, so shop around.
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