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Old 03-08-2017, 08:39 AM
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Shop Air Compressor

I am looking for a new shop air compressor. What should I be looking for? I am concerned about noise, durability, pressure and tank size.
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Old 03-08-2017, 09:06 AM
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If you want quiet and lots of air a rotary is the only option. If not make sure the compressor motor runs at ~1750rpm/ I have a dual staqe, 175psi, 80 gal, 5hp I think. Its not super loud but n0t quiet for sure.
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Old 03-08-2017, 09:58 AM
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You are not helping us here, no flow requirement, intended use etc.


However I recently recommended the Quincy 5hp 80 gal to a friend. It has all the specs I look for in a compressor. It is a splash lubricated vs. the better QP pressure lubricated compressor but in my experience proper maintenance for a splash lube compressor will allow a very long service life.
It has a magnetic starter vs. a pressure switch starter and a Baldor motor, both are important areas that other companies skimp on.
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Old 03-08-2017, 10:59 AM
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Figure out your need for volume [cfm] and add some for future expansion. Low rpm = quiet. Tank size doesn't matter too much if your cfm is sized correctly.
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Old 03-09-2017, 12:14 PM
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I have a Champion 5HP, 80 gallon tank, two stage pump. Not super quiet, not ridiculously loud, either. I run my bender and normal air tools with it and have no complaints.
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Old 03-12-2017, 05:45 PM
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Figure out your most likely air needs .

Air use and Budget are the two big factors most time

How big of tank do you have room for ??

Two spit tanks are always a option

My Air compressor is about 25' from my bed one wall I hear it when I am awake but it does not wake me up .

Different people have different ideas on just what is loud

Snap On Big Red 7.5 HP bought it in 1999
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