I've got some money budgeted for tools, and I'm trying to decide where to put it. Working on cars is a hobby, and I love it, so I want to focus that direction. Right now, I have an ancient Campbell Hausfield portable compressor that's on its last legs. Its done a fine job, but when I'm using the cutoff wheel it cycles way too much and I'd like to start sanding and painting. So, I'm looking at stationary compressors, receiver/dryers and hard lines to mount in my shop to make it as versatile as possible.
I'm thinking of this one: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Campbell-...6275/203002178
But the numbers look better with this one: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Industria...-202053060-_-N
I'd also like to up my skills and add welding to my abilities (which currently include taking this apart, procrastinating, losing parts and occasionally fixing things). Since my garage has a 220 outlet, I wouldn't mind acquiring a welder. I've got friends who can teach me how to do it, and a couple of projects that could use some welding once I'm up to speed.
And since I have no idea what to look for in welders, this seems to be a good name with some decent gear: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Lincoln-E...98-1/204416388
And just for gits and shiggles, harbor frieght has sale on plasma cutters for $700, and I think I need one.
So, for $1500, how would you upgrade your tools?