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  • #16
    Originally posted by Bill Wilson View Post
    The upright looks similar to the Kobalt I bought last year.

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    It is much quieter than my old Cambell Hausfeld compressor. I wouldn't be surprised if they are made in the same factory.
    Actually, the Quiet Tech line is made by Kobalt. I found this because, while working at Lowes, part time, in tools & hardware, I was of the same assumption. But enough customers were asking the question, so I had to look it up, before getting it wrong.

    Most of the Kobalt portable power tools (PPT) are made by Chervon, who are notable for their battery powered lawn machines and the new Flex brand of PPT. Chervon has, also acquired the Skil brand of PPT.
    Tony

    My Son-in-law said "Darnit, I cut this board twice, now. And it's still too short."

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    • #17
      Originally posted by tgiro01 View Post

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      Most of the Kobalt portable power tools (PPT) are made by Chervon, who are notable for their battery powered lawn machines and the new Flex brand of PPT. Chervon has, also acquired the Skil brand of PPT.
      I was shocked when I first learned Hitachi didn't actually make my Hitachi c-40 scroll saw. At that point, I was completely shocked, and of course my "faith" in the Hitachi brand was trashed as I realized their tools were made by company's which were totally unknown to me at the time. Anything in the chart below surprise you?


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      "Ever Striving, Never Arriving"
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      • #18
        That’s an eye opener Randy.
        Betty

        "Congress needs to realize it is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Not of the people, by the people and for Congress." - Dr. Benjamin Carson, Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins Hospital

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        • #19
          Originally posted by hotshot View Post

          I was shocked when I first learned Hitachi didn't actually make my Hitachi c-40 scroll saw. At that point, I was completely shocked, and of course my "faith" in the Hitachi brand was trashed as I realized their tools were made by company's which were totally unknown to me at the time. Anything in the chart below surprise you?


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          Wow! Lots of surprises there. It is like airbags in cars and hard drives in computers. There are only 2-3 manufacturers in the world that actually make the components.
          Scott
          Creator of fine designer sawdust.

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          • #20
            The days of stand alone, "Made in America" tool companies has long been just a fading memory in the minds of aging baby boomers. I think the most surprising thing these days, is how often these tool companies change hands and/or are absorbed into ever larger corporate conglomerates.
            Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter. Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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            • #21
              Oh, Yeah, that chart's been around for awhile and changes now & then. BTW - you can pencil in Kobalt Hand tools under Apex. Lowes puts the lifetime warranty on them to compete with Craftsman, also a major product sold by Lowes.
              Tony

              My Son-in-law said "Darnit, I cut this board twice, now. And it's still too short."

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              • #22
                [QUOTE=Rolf;n881537]Randy I have this California compressor. It looks just like the Fortress version. As you said amazingly quiet. One outlet is connected to my power carver the other is connected to another regulator and I use it when airbrushing. I did have a problem with it when I first got it. There is an "check valve" that prevents tank pressure from bleeding back into the pumps. That was not working, so when the compressor started up it stalled and overheated the motor. fortunately I smelled it or may have caught fire. I took the valve apart found a tiny bit of debris. Works fine since then but I always turn it off when not in use to be safe. The Fortress is now in the Garage. It took a bit of time to fill from empty will see how well it cycles when in use.

                I got a C.A.T. 10 gallon compressor for the garage last spring. Before that, I was using an old Bostich, which would wake the dead if there was a cematary around.
                Tony

                My Son-in-law said "Darnit, I cut this board twice, now. And it's still too short."

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                • #23
                  I like my air compressor I have
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                  • #24
                    Dave, Is it reasonably quiet?
                    Rolf
                    RBI G4 26 Hawk, EX 16 with Pegas clamps, Nova 1624 DVR XP
                    Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
                    Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
                    And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

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                    • #25
                      Who makes kobalt power tools, thx RJ
                      Life Begins @ 190 MPH

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                      • #26
                        According to the innerweb;

                        "Kobalt is owned by Lowe’s, but the products are made by Chervon Holdings, a company that owns various power tools and outdoor equipment brands. Not to be confused with Chevron, the oil company based in California, Chervon is a Chinese-based firm that was founded in 1993. The tool company is one of the top 10 manufacturers of power tools in the world. It also owns SKIL, a well-known electric power tools and accessories brand in the U.S. after acquiring it in 2017 from Bosch.​"
                        Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter. Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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                        • #27
                          Hi - I just picked up an order to produce 100 wall clocks. Not scrollsaw work but putting my laser engraver to good use to decorate the faces.

                          For a good while all of my finishing of woodwork items has either been by brush on or wipe on techniques but I decided for this latest and future ‘production’ work I need to switch to spraying. My previous compressor finally gave out several years back so I’ve just taken delivery of a Marietta 13 Gal. compressor along with a relatively inexpensive Dynastus mini HVLP spray gun, both sourced via Amazon. I chose what is listed as a dental compressor because it is exceptionally quiet and not too bulky to move around. The spray gun has 2 cups, one of nylon of 150 cc capacity and one of aluminium of 125 cc which are ideal for small project work using either water or solvent based finishes. If orders keep coming in I may upgrade this gun to a more professional and versatile model later on but for now the Dynastus has decent reviews and should suit my needs.

                          I’m trying to put the brakes on my shop spending but there always seems something new that I need but looking forward what I need most of all is to find a larger workspace.. This is going to be a big challenge as I have no space to increase the workshop size at home and I dont really like the idea of using a remote location because of security issues. My father- in-law may come to my assistance here as he has a large property about a 15 min drive out of town with plenty of space to build a new workshop but again, security may be a problem along with the expense involved in setting up a new shop. Something to ponder on....

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                          Last edited by jim_mex; 01-26-2023, 10:32 AM.
                          Jim in Mexico

                          Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
                          - Albert Einstein

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                          • #28
                            The compressor looks just like the California brand. The Marietta 13 Gal does not come up in my amazon site here.

                            Have fun with your projects and of course we need pictures.

                            One suggestion based on my experience with my small California compressor. always turn off the compressor when not in use.
                            I smelled burning electrics and found the the motor was starting to smoke a bit. Ended up there was a tiny bit of debris in the bleeder valve so when the compressor tried to start the cylinders were already under pressure so the motor stalled and overheated.
                            It is fine now. I had always wondered why the compressors vented after pumping.

                            Rolf
                            RBI G4 26 Hawk, EX 16 with Pegas clamps, Nova 1624 DVR XP
                            Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
                            Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
                            And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

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