View Full Version : puma air compressors?
09-19-2008, 07:34 PM
anyone have any experience with puma air compressors? the ones i'm looking at seem to have more capacity/power than similarly priced usual big box store suspects, but i don't know jack about the brand. anyone know if they're any good?
09-19-2008, 09:03 PM
I've got a Puma 60gal 5HP that I bought used without a motor...all I can say is it's supposed to put out an outrageous amount of CFM's(17-18 cfm's ?) which it does not ...this may be because it's used and the new motor isn't a $350 one,but I'm glad I have a big gas powered compressor for heavy duty air requirements.
I just use the Puma for misc. stuff in the shop and to provide air for my plasma cutter or I'd replace it with something else. I didn't like the fact I had a problem finding any information on the Puma when I was trying to fix it. I never did find any source for parts. I've seen them lots of places for sale new,but parts sources are sparse & information is hard to find.
If I needed a lot of air I'd go with IR or Quincy or a couple other name brand units. If it's just around the home shop it would probably fill the bill. IR was offering free S&H thru Northern Tools as well as some other sellers (which is a big savings on a 60 gal tank compressor.
I only have a couple hundred bucks in mine,so it's OK with me,but I'm not so sure I'd be happy at 5 to 7 hundred.
09-19-2008, 09:52 PM
I have an 8gal. twin tank with a 5.5 HP Honda on it and it does well for it's size...and the price is right.... I have it mounted on my service truck and use it for my die grinders and 1/2" impacts..... it advertises 11ish CFM at 90 PSI the only thing I don't like about it is the capacity but it does hold up to my die grinder with a 3" cut off wheel on it and it likes lots of air.
The last shop I worked for had a 80gal 25hp Puma compressor at first it ran great I mean great then after numerous visits by the tech in only a few months the company that sold it offered to buy it back and sell a more expensive Curtis air-compressor. From then out no problems...Maybe the Puma just didn't like running the air gouge??? I know know and I know know what size the Curtis was either just me experience with Puma..