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    Questions about the Tornador Black and Air Foamer

    Hey guys, i was wondering if anyone has used the Tornador or Tornador air foamer (or something equivalent) and if so how do you like it?

    Also i was wondering how much CFM do you need? Can this be used with a little pancake compressor for us mobile detailers or is this more of a shop tool?
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    Im not sure of the smallest compressor you can run it on but a buddy just got one and he uses 4 hp 20 gallon 6.9 cfm @ 80psi.

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    Re: Questions about the Tornador Black and Air Foamer

    Quote Originally Posted by Wills.WindowsAndWheels View Post

    Also i was wondering how much CFM do you need? Can this be used with a little pancake compressor for us mobile detailers or is this more of a shop tool?
    Judging by my 6 gallon(2.5 CFM @ 90 PSI), I'd say no. You should use a compressor with 5 CFM @ 90 PSI, and a larger tank. My compressor comes on quickly.
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    Re: Questions about the Tornador Black and Air Foamer

    Quote Originally Posted by A-train View Post
    Im not sure of the smallest compressor you can run it on but a buddy just got one and he uses 4 hp 20 gallon 6.9 cfm @ 80psi.
    Which compressor is that?
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    Re: Questions about the Tornador Black and Air Foamer

    Quote Originally Posted by 07 z-oh-6 View Post
    Judging by my 6 gallon(2.5 CFM @ 90 PSI), I'd say no. You should use a compressor with 5 CFM @ 90 PSI, and a larger tank. My compressor comes on quickly.
    That is what the standard one calls for. The newer Black Tornador needs 9.5 CFM at 90p psi. I won one last year at Detailfest and I have not been able to use it yet. Bigger compressor coming next summer.
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    Re: Questions about the Tornador Black and Air Foamer

    I have wanted the Tornador Black for quite some time but I am having a hard time justifying it based on the cost of the air compressor that is needed for it. The cheapest one I have been able to find so far is $600 and it will do 10cfm @ 90 psi. However most of these are either gas compressors or the one I found requires a 230V AC single phase electrical circuit. It can not be run from a generator, inverter or transformer connected to 120V AC. So it looks and sounds like a great product but it seems to require so much to make it work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 07 z-oh-6 View Post
    Which compressor is that?
    its a kobalt.

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    Re: Questions about the Tornador Black and Air Foamer

    will, i find it needs 90 psi and mine is the earlier model. this is one hell of a nice tool to have and the black one looks even better. that said i dont pull it out and set it up enough. with just a diluted cleaner it works remarkably. door jams and the mold around hatchbacks etc, not that you ever see that in arizona. ha

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    Re: Questions about the Tornador Black and Air Foamer

    Quote Originally Posted by 07 z-oh-6 View Post
    Judging by my 6 gallon(2.5 CFM @ 90 PSI), I'd say no. You should use a compressor with 5 CFM @ 90 PSI, and a larger tank. My compressor comes on quickly.
    Mark,
    I wonder if the problem is the cfm or tank size? Since your compressor only has 1/2 the required cfm, is that causing your compressor to come on more often?

    I have been debating getting one of these. My Eaton compressor is rated at 6.5 cfm @ 90 psi, but it is only a 4 gallon tank. Not sure if it has enough muscle/capacity to run the tornador for any length of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockford33 View Post

    I have been debating getting one of these. My Eaton compressor is rated at 6.5 cfm @ 90 psi, but it is only a 4 gallon tank. Not sure if it has enough muscle/capacity to run the tornador for any length of time.

    -Neil
    Hi Neil,

    That's a very good question. I have no idea. Hopefully, someone who knows will chime in.

    That's a ton of CFM for a 4 gallon tank!
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