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I just bought and installed one of these this summer and I'm very happy with it: Shop Kobalt 3.7 HP 60-Gallon 155 PSI Electric Air Compressor at Lowes.com

It's actually a Campbell Hausfield with Lowe's name on it. It does:

Air Delivery SCFM @ 40PSI - 13.4

Air Delivery SCFM @ 90PSI - 11.5

...which works for me for using HVLP paint guns as well as most air tools.

$500. It runs on 220VAC.

It replaced a Husky 26 Gallon 1.5 HP 120 VAC compressor that produced 4.0 CFM at 90 PSI and 5.0 CFM at 40 PSI.

I couldn't find anything that would come close to working for HVLP paint guns that worked on 120 VAC.

Sanders would also be problematic using a smaller compressor - they take a whole lot of air. With most $300 compressors, you'd find the compressor would be running all the time and still would not be able to supply enough CFM to run the sander at the proper RPM's. Been there, done that.
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