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Recomend a good air compressor

LAst post on the Impact went so well I thought i might get some more opinions..

I need a shop compressor that will run all my Die grinders, impact, Da sander and the like. My old one took a dump and it cost almost 250 for a replacement motor.... So send me your Opinions. My old compressor has unknown CFM but never left me wanting till the motor burnt up.. Course that coralates exactly with me getting a new da sander.

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Re: Recomend a good air compressor

At home I ran a Coleman compressor...5 HP and 27 Gal. It did the job, but ran a LOT. At my shop I have a big twin cylinder I/R comressor, and that thing rocks. They're around $1K, but man, does that thing work well. If you're trying to stay a little cheaper, then get one of the smaller compressors like you find at Costco for around $275. That will handle most jobs well.
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Re: Recomend a good air compressor

Two stage will be easier on your hearing. I got a Coleman single stage 44 gallon. Keeps up with almost all of my air tools. Sometimes I gotta let it get completely topped off when I'm rattling with the 1/2 inch impact. I got tired of the noise and bult an insulated box around it. Took probably 70% of the noise away, and it's on rollers now! [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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can you share how you did it?
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Re: Recomend a good air compressor

I am really looking for something between the 1000$ compressors and the 30 gal powermate I had for a spare. (Burnt it up too) A 1000$ compressor would be great, but it is just not practicle for me.
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Re: Recomend a good air compressor

I have been running my Crafsman 30 gal Compressor for a few months now, and I am really really happy with it. I have recently taken on a couple of "body work" Projects with some Air hungry tools. Lots of wire wheel work with a die grinder. And although the compressor runs a lot, it keeps up, and doens't leave me waiting.
I also built a box in the corner of my work space. The box is made of plywood, and the compressor is inside, it cuts the noise a little, and was cheap and easy to build.
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Re: Recomend a good air compressor

A used Ingersoll Rand 5HP TWO STAGE. They can be picked up for $500 or less if you're patient. Which is tough when you're looking at two dead compressors. The thing about used ones is that a, they run forever and b, if one is worn out it doesn't take much to rebuild it; it's nothing like rebuilding an engine.

On the subject of noise from a compressor, a big proportion of the noise comes from the intake. A friend has a body shop with two 10 HP I/R compressors. He hooked a big flexible radiator hose to the intakes and ran it to an air filter outside, and the difference is amazing.
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Well Jim with that thought in mind why could I not rebuild this Westinghouse?? Other than finding parts////

I hate to get rid of it,, But cannot find out anything about it.
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Re: Recomend a good air compressor

My comments were specifically about I/R two-stage compressors. They're designed for commercial and industrial use, and can be rebuilt quickly and cheaply when they wear out.
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I have a IR 5 HP single stage compressor w/ 60 gal tank. I've been realy happy with it. I got it for $500 delivered from max tool . It doesn't have the recovery speed that a two stage has, but when it is only me using the compressor, I hardly notice. It has 10.3 cfm @ 135 psi and 11.9 @ 90 psi.
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