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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
I figure my PC compressor gets about 1 hour a week actual running time so it
should run a quite a few years!
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