Air Compressor Input Desired

I want a larger upright air compressor. I want a quality unit, and am thinking Ingersoll Rand. I want a larger unit,, say from 33-50 gallon and
it can run on 220. Should I select an IR, or are there comparable units at a lesser price. I don't want no POS HF, as I only want to buy ONE more compressor to last me until I don't need it any more, or they won't let me have any power tools.
Input appreciated.
Steve
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Quincy, IR, and Champion are the "buy-for-life" brands. Cheaper, but servicable machines start with CH (who are one of the few cheap companies still using iron) and DeVilbiss who make most off-brand compressors like Sears and Porter-Cable.
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How much money do you have?
Also, restricting the tank size to less than 50 is going to be tough on finding a quality unit. most are 60 gallon and higher on the better compressors.
Go with a 60-80 gallon tank, two stage, and around $1000 and you can get a good machine, but it will not be portable! Here is a very nice compressor! http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeIdi70&productIdv7&Rv7 There are smaller IR compressors, but I question the quality. They are surely better than what you can buy at most home stores, but not as good as the the unit shown in the link. Greg
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Never enough.

http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeIdi70&productIdv7&Rv7
Amazing. The same compressor I came up with on a Google search. And I was wanting to spend about $1,000. Guess my guessing ability is still okay.
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consider calling places listed as "compressor rebuilder" - I called one (years ago) and got a fresly rebuilt 5 hp quincy for $850, including delivery, help installing it and some very helpful advice.
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http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeIdi70&productIdv7&Rv7
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Wow! That's almost as much as I paid for my 5 horse Quincy when it was new. Do keep in mind that I bought it back in '69. Last time I inquired the equivalent model was in the neighborhood of $3,000.
Aside from replacing a seal and one gasket, it still runs like a champ, producing oil free air. One of the best damned tools I've ever purchased. I recommend the Quincy compressors very highly.
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It is the same one I considered a couple years ago. I decided to take a chance on a lesser price a quality machine as I don't get out to the shop like I used to. I bought a Porter Cable 60 gallon, single stage unit. PC rates it at 7 HP max, (who cares about max!), and 3 HP running, 9+ CFM @ 90 PSI. Paid less than $400. It does all I need for now, but this IR compressor will still be alive long after this PC is dead and burried!
I worked at a machine shop around '80 that had two IR, 10 HP compressors. They were still running them in '95 when they installed a screw compressor. Nothing fabulous, except that most days one or the other compressor ran continuous for the 8 hour shift, only catching up during lunch! The compressors were staged so the second one would come on when the first fell behind. The first stage would typically "just" keep up, so the second stage ran little. We would lead/lag the units so each would get about the same hours. Only repairs were a valve job every few years and a 4 times a year oil change. After 15 years of use each compressor had around 15,000 hours on it! They were still kept in service for back up when the screw needed service.
I figure my PC compressor gets about 1 hour a week actual running time so it should run a quite a few years! Greg
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