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.
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.
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