So recently I have noticed that my compressor (brand X bought at the hobby store when my last one died) is no longer shutting off when I am not spraying which would seem to suggest that it is either not meeting the upper PSI to shut down or the shut off is wonky. In addition to this issue the compressor which once ran quiet runs loud and clangy for maybe 5 minutes after switching it on and in this state produces no air pressure whatsoever. After the initial clangy run it reverts to a quieter running and starts producing air pressure. In addition to these two problems I have had moisture in the line and inconsistent airflow and an inability to regulate pressure below 20 psi or so.
Fair to say I am not a happy camper.....especially as I found a comparable model on Amazon for around $60 while I had the bright orange SALE sticker on my unit starting at me with it's $159 price.......
Compressor is three years old and I think it is time to replace it......
I do not currently have a budget for a nice grex or iwata compressor in the $300-$400 range so I was hoping to get some recommendations on compressors at a good price point.
Also would you recommend a tankless compressor or one with a tank? I have only ever used the former. My first compressor I used from when I was a teenager to pretty recently (With a big modeling hiatus in there). It was bought from MicroMark and had no regulator. It ran around 25 psi and this made detail work challenging. My second compressor is the current Sir Clangsalot and it is regulated and that was certainly a step up but both are tankless. Is there a benefit in airflow or compressor life for going with a compressor with a tank?
Thanks in advance