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What air compressor do you guys run??

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by chevyshack, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. chevyshack
    Joined: Dec 28, 2008
    Posts: 950


    Im wanting to get a new air compressor soon. Ive got a little pancake compressor that hasnt worked right since day 1. I just thought there wasnt enough juice for it but i moved twice and still have the same problem. It will fill up, shut off but wont restart untill you drain it completly or it will just sit and wine. So I was going to get a 60 gallon 2 stage but dont realy have the room and dont think i really need it. So has anyone used the little 30 or 40 gallon compressors to paint a car without problems? I'll be using it for everything but sanding. Painting, impact, cutting, etc....
  2. diggers4life
    Joined: Jun 26, 2006
    Posts: 202


    Quincy QT-5. I've had it for about 10 years with absolutely no problems.
  3. Bobert
    Joined: Feb 21, 2005
    Posts: 820

    Member Emeritus

    Free old 60 gallon single stage vertical Sanborn that had the original controls removed and no one can remember at what # the shutoff is set. Suggestion was to turn it on and leave the garage to find out. Haven't had the nerve to try that yet. Do they really explode and since it's a vertical tank will it go up???
  4. 39 All Ford
    Joined: Sep 15, 2008
    Posts: 1,531

    39 All Ford
    from Benton AR

    I bought one similar to this one, for me the price was right, (The specific one I bought was $1,800 DELIVERED to NM) and the compressor is QUIET and it kicks ass.

    Eaton Compressor is largely made, and assembled in the USA. (I have gathered that about everything except for the compressor head is USA made, I made it a point to buy the MOST AMERICAN MADE unit I could find, it was this one, I could have spent the same $$ in Sears, Lowes, or Home Depot, for a lot less compressor made in China...)

    I like a compressor that DOES NOT sound Like a Cessna speeding down a runway in process of take off.


    4-Cylinder, 2-Stage Pump – Displacement 34 CFM @ 0 PSI; 28 SCFM @ 100 PSI; 26 SCFM @ 175 PSI; 600 low RPM
    · 80-gallon Vertical or Horizontal ASME Air Tank

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  5. chevyshack
    Joined: Dec 28, 2008
    Posts: 950


    A quite compressor would be a bonus since my garage is attached to the house right next to the living room.
  6. 39 All Ford
    Joined: Sep 15, 2008
    Posts: 1,531

    39 All Ford
    from Benton AR

    CHANCES ARE, that the compressor head will reach a "point of equilibrium" prior to an explosion or tank failure, but, I said "chances are". (there comes a point where a pump will not pump anymore pressure due to volumetric and efficiency concerns.)

    The amount of energy contained in a 60 gallon tank would be freaking huge, there is enough energy even in big truck tires to inflict heavy damage on trailers when they go... Imagine a 60 gallon tank.

    I think I would maybe replace the valve with a known value.
  7. JohnEvans
    Joined: Apr 13, 2008
    Posts: 4,883

    from Phoenix AZ

    Mine's a MAXUS 16cfm @90 psi 60 gallon vert. Very quiet other than the intake honk. 220V ,22 amp draw need plenty of juice. About the only thing it won't cycle on and off with is a big air board,no prob with my 3ft blast cabinite
  8. ZZ-IRON
    Joined: Feb 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,964

    from Minnesota

    quick builds are nice, i have a few for different uses

    have a old Binks 1-1/2 hp low boy 220 V

    a old 3/4 hp Sears beater type 110 V use that the most for tires etc.

    1941 Westinghouse 5 hp 220 V has a 1941 80 gallon tank, that's for serious work

    like buying old USA equipment

    the 1941 Pearl Harbor vintage

    it was built to last
  9. J Man
    Joined: Dec 11, 2003
    Posts: 4,132

    J Man
    from Angola, IN

    I would say to just buy the biggest one you can afford and have the room for.

  10. BEST ADVICE right there !

    I bought a 60 gallon CRAFTSMAN compressor ( 6 hp I think ) about 10 years ago. Not an ounce of problems ever.
  11. inliner54
    Joined: Feb 9, 2007
    Posts: 405


    I have a speedaire 120 gallon and campbell hausfeld 60 gallon
  12. I have a vertical Craftsman 60 gallon 6.5 horse. It's noisy as hell, but works great. I have not had any problems. My garage is attatched to my house too and you can hear it loudly running while inside the house. I have an inline canister filter from TP tools and I drain the compressor tank every so often. I would buy the biggest one you can afford. It is money well spent
  13. fordcragar
    Joined: Dec 28, 2005
    Posts: 3,179

    from Yakima WA.

    I bought a new Sears 1 1/2HP compressor, in 1966, with a 30 gallon tank and used it for over 10 years before replacing it with a 1937 Devibiss gas station compressor with a 60 gallon tank. I replaced the pump on the Sears compressor before lending it to a friend who had it for about 5 years; when he returned it, there was a new motor on it.

    Five years ago I replaced the old Devilbiss compressor with a IR type 30 compressor I bought off of Craigslist for $300, that came out of a car wash; it was 3 phase so I replaced the motor with a new Baldor 5HP motor for $250.

    I used to do a lot of body work and paint in my garage.
  14. langy
    Joined: Apr 27, 2006
    Posts: 5,735

    Member Emeritus

    Ditto, you can never have too much air available, I have a 16cfm 150 ltr tank but with an extra 200ltr tank plumbed in.

  15. twoANDfour
    Joined: Aug 8, 2009
    Posts: 50


    Got a used compressor. Gilbarco vertical 80 gallon, 2 stage 220 1ph. $350.00.

    Guy owned a small sandblast shop, and when he passed away his daughter got rid of it.

    Keep your eyes peeled. Deals are out there.
  16. Yea, that`s what mine is.

    Absolutely noisy as hell. But does a good job.
  17. 94hoghead
    Joined: Jun 1, 2007
    Posts: 1,290


    Get the BIGGEST one you can squeeze in your garage. Big is good.
  18. bobkatrods
    Joined: Sep 22, 2008
    Posts: 696

    from aledo tx

    curtis 5 hp 60 gallon 21 cfm built on air cooler 150 psi, run a die grinder or sander all day
  19. El Gordo
    Joined: Aug 20, 2007
    Posts: 432

    El Gordo

    My Dad built this about 1955 - one lung compressor, electric motor and some used welding tanks. Dad passed away in '72 and this got well used by myself and the neighborhood kids filling basketballs and bike & car tires.
    When I moved it to my garage in 2000 I drained the tanks for the first time in 28+ years. Still works great! [​IMG]
  20. 64Cyclone
    Joined: Aug 30, 2009
    Posts: 1,496


    Bigger ain't always better. I have a friend who bought a big upright from Harbor Frieght. My old 3 horse 8 gallon Sanborn actually works better. Check out the scfms and compare before you buy. A big tank doesn't always make it a good compressor.

    My Sanborn won't run air tools that great, but I've painted many cars with it.
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  21. Really cool! I have been using a Chink 60 gal. for several years, noisy! I also have a Quincy I paid $100(including the cool Montgomery Wards 7 1/2 h.p. gas engine, and owners manuals for both), a five horse 220v electric motor($50 from the same old man, who happens to have a 1925 Chevrolet speedster), and a hand-me-down 60 gal horizontal tank Xtralow60 here on the HAMB gave me. I am having fellow HAMBer Konacruiser come over today and help get it going and mounted outside.
  22. newfalconowner
    Joined: Jul 26, 2009
    Posts: 813

    from NS Canada

    minimum 6hp, thats enuff power to run syphon sandblasters, some cabinets, impacts, drills, grinders,etc.. (at least 10cfm @90psi, thats a 5-6hp ) size of tank if personal preference, jsut depends if you want it to run and catch up to air demand.
  23. temper_mental
    Joined: Oct 22, 2006
    Posts: 2,718

    from Texas

    I built a room beside the shop put the compressor and phase converter in it best thing I ever did. Buy the biggest thing you can afford.
  24. fordcragar
    Joined: Dec 28, 2005
    Posts: 3,179

    from Yakima WA.

    Before I would buy a new one, I'd look around for an old industrial quality compressor US made compressor; then the remark bigger is better would be true.

    Depending on what you are going to use it for, this will determine your needs. Like was mentioned buy the biggest air compressor that you can afford. You'll find almost whatever you buy, might not be big enough for what you could end up doing; at least that is what I've found. There is nothing more frustrating than being in the middle of a project (like sanding your car) and you have to wait for the compressor to catch up and cool down so you finish what you are doing.
  25. budd
    Joined: Oct 31, 2006
    Posts: 3,478


    there should be a safety blow off valve on it, if not then put one on, i think a pressure switch is only like $20 anyway.

  26. My little 5-hp portable Craftsman 110V compressor has worked great for nearly 20 years now. Works great! Looking for a larger permanent-mount 6 to 10 hp 220V single-phase compressor for the shop now, and keep the Craftsman in the garage.
  27. crackerass54
    Joined: Jun 1, 2009
    Posts: 364

    from dallas

    like everyone said, buy the biggest you can afford, don't buy any chinese bullshit, what I do is find a broke compressor and fix them, big companies usually don't mess with repairs and replace it, if you get ahold of one they are pretty easy to get goin
  28. 59 brook
    Joined: Jun 12, 2005
    Posts: 1,017

    59 brook

    yes if the popoff valve doesn't release it can blow with enough energy to remove the roof of the building. even if you can't figure out the controls replace the popoff def. cheap insurance
  29. leon renaud
    Joined: Nov 12, 2005
    Posts: 1,936

    leon renaud
    from N.E. Ct.

    your lucky I was going to say stay away from oilless compressors I have what might be the same unit you do and once we started using it with impact guns and other air tools I've had to rebuild the compressor head twice and now needs a 3rd!it has broken connecting rods twice in the past year it's a 6 hp 60 gallon vertical and it's made by devilbliss even though it says Craftsman it also was loud as hell even when new.
  30. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,132

    from California

    one thing for sure, ignore the horsepower ratings on craftsman compressors... probably others too.

    had a 60 gallon "6.5 HP" craftsman. then I got a free giant Quincy pump and put it on that tank. the craftsman motor would click the internal breaker before the tank even got up to pressure. got me a 3 HP Baldor that will run that sucker wide open all day.

    I say get an industrial compressor from Craigs list or the local paper.

    stay away from aluminum pumps if noise is a concern. the guy in the shop behind me knew I got a new compressor before I even showed it to him. cast iron pumps are that much more quiet.

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