I run a coolant mister on one of my benchtop CNC mills. The mister provides cooling to the toolbit as well as clearing the chips away from the cut, reducing the chance of the bit jamming (I use small end mills) in deeper cuts. The problem is, I have an old horizontal air compressor in my attached shop supplying the air. When the thing kicks in (usually every 15 minutes or so for at least 5 minutes, and programs typically run a half hour to an hour) the noise is deafening, even in the house. So I figured I’d ask what fellow Toolmongers suggest. I need around 60-80 psi and a relatively good flow, although I sometimes run the mister through a timer system. I also like to use it with an air gun to blast chips from finished parts, dry things off, etc.
If I had an unlimited budget I would likely buy a Jun-Air, Silentaire or Apolloair but my budget is just that — budget. So that leaves me wondering about compressors like the Campbell Hausfield Quiet Compressor, the Husky that was reviewed here a while back, or this All-Power compressor.
So for a guy on a budget, what do you guys suggest? I know I could rewire and plumb my air compressor to run in a little shed outside, but I prefer to keep things inside, this being Oregon and moist. My current compressor is definitely on its last legs anyway, so I’ll need to find a replacement eventually.
Campbell Hausfeld Quiet Air Compressor [Air Compressors Direct]
Campbel Hausfeld Air Compressors Street Pricing [Google Products]
Campbell Hausfeld Air Compressors Via Amazon [What’s This?]
All Power Quietzone Air Compressor [All Power America]
All Power Quietzone Air Compressor Street Pricing [Google Products]