Tael wrote:Thanks for this review Jagdt, I've been sitting on the fence with regard a compressor for years.
Iwata-Medea Studio Series Maxx Jet...
Quiet enough to maintain sanity and not annoy downstairs neighbors after 10:00pm (I was spraying till midnight, it's 3 now.)
Easy to access all the functional parts. My old compressor, a 'silent' shop compressor, was louder.
How loud? Ambient is about 9db in my apartment with my main system running (It's a watercooled monstrocity) and it's fans have noticable hiss at the radiator. . . I need to do something about that with my tax break rebuild...
With the sound meter 2 feet from the compressor, an 'on cycle' is 40-42db with the meter on the desk 3 feet away from the compressor.
With it's cooling fan running it's 26db now.
Neat and tidy. Stowed it's a 2ft tall, 1ft square box. It's got storage space enough for quite a bit. Certainly a day's worth! And the handle is 40 inches long, so you can ... set an army transport or two on it and bungee cord it and pull it behind you on a taxi/sidewalk/train/bus/plane... Good for the community event where you'd want to do some painting and show off.
The price I paid ($725 list) was less, because of the sale they were running at the time, after hunting around the internet Blick seems to have the best price, and they occasionally have sales.
Michaels does have one Badger tanked compressor on their inventory card system ... that would be what someone might take that 25%-50% off one item in-store for... But that compressor doesn't have wheels and a luggage box.
That compressor is nice, it's a compressor held to Badger's standards. It doesn't have two accessory trays (Almost a full cubic foot) of storage.
I like this one... because I may have to 'bug out' and one o the pain in the ass things about my old compressor is once i got it out of the freight crate, I'd have to rent a moving van to move it (the old one is a 2 person lift, and pray it fits in a car door) ... This, is light enough I can just roll it right down the stairs. (Okay, I tilt it back and slide it down, but it doesn't tax my arm pulling it up the stairs any more than a piece of carry-on luggage!)
I think I'm quite happy with it. I pre-shaded the chaos & dark angels from the Vengance set in under 2 hours, not counting a minor mishap when the Tamiya thinner ate through the el cheapo mixing pot I was using to thin Tamiya flat black. Or maybe it was just poorly cast ... but it didn't penetrate a single layer of the folded over dropcloth.
Time to practice zenith pre-highlighting (on the neutral gray, now pre-shaded primer) and then dive into the new candy colors.
... and find equivalent for the colors I was using. . . as there is no hobby shop within easy access ... that has near the selection I was used to.
S7,AP3,10inBlast,IgnoresCover. Smells like...victory.