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Old 11-23-2013, 11:54 AM   #1
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Buying new industrial air compressor for shop. (help)

I am looking at buying a replacement compressor for my shop. Current budget depends on several factors, but right now I am looking at about $1200 cash budget. My old compressor is a 7.5HP, 2 stage, 240V (1 phase) at 175PSI. Rather than get a new pump, which is already expensive, I am just going to get a new compressor and tie it in with my old tank to increase capacity.

I have an 80 gallon tank right now. The new compressors I am looking at are either 60, or 80 gallon. I am not looking at a cheap quality one. I need one that can run at 100% duty cycle if needed (9600 sq ft shop, lots of air tools and equipment) Right now the lead compressor in my price range is a 5HP Ingersoll Rand with a 60 gallon tank. I have found them online within my price range.

What I am looking for is some information from you all here. Anyone here in business that sells large compressors, or have a family member who does? Anyone WORK for a company and might be able to help me get a good deal? All help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 11-24-2013, 02:07 PM   #2
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Nothing huh? Bummer..
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Old 11-24-2013, 02:15 PM   #3
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Tractor Supply has the IR 5hp / 60 gallon on sale for $649 - plenty of $ left in the budget.....
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Old 11-24-2013, 03:08 PM   #4
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I'll look into that one. I haven't found the 5hp for anything under $1100! Thanks

Ah, I saw the one you are talking about. unfortunately is is a single stage, at 135 PSI. The shop requirements are two stage at 175 pr higher, but thanks for the heads up! I am glad someone has read this. lol.
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Yeah, they have the 2 stage 80 gal for $1k.
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Hands down Quincy is the way to go. I had a 60 gal 2 stage and it could keep up with anything we were running. Once I bought a full size blaster the little 5hp couldn't keep up with the cfm I needed. I now have a 120gal 3 phase 15hp power house and its amazing. It runs 100% duty cycle of 175psi and 54.2cfm. We can run the blaster the plasma, and every air tool in the shop with no loss of pressure. And its alot quieter then the 5hp surprisingly. I know the 120 is way out of your budget but the 60's are awesome for automotive shops.
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Old 11-24-2013, 07:48 PM   #7
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Yeah, they have the 2 stage 80 gal for $1k.
Yeah, I saw that, and it is an option. It still would cost the same overall as the $1100 one online after sales tax (I don't have to pay the sales tax on the one online, and it has free shipping) So I will check with Tractor Supply on shipping charges and such. Thanks.

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Hands down Quincy is the way to go. I had a 60 gal 2 stage and it could keep up with anything we were running. Once I bought a full size blaster the little 5hp couldn't keep up with the cfm I needed. I now have a 120gal 3 phase 15hp power house and its amazing. It runs 100% duty cycle of 175psi and 54.2cfm. We can run the blaster the plasma, and every air tool in the shop with no loss of pressure. And its alot quieter then the 5hp surprisingly. I know the 120 is way out of your budget but the 60's are awesome for automotive shops.
I have seen a few Quincy compressors. Your review of yours is good, but I have talked to a few local shops and they said that service and repair through Quincy is spotty at best out here. I can accept a 60 gallon, but would prefer to link in an 80 instead, for a total of 160 available. I am going to tie the new compressor into the old one, so that I can have double the air holding capacity. Fyi, the only reason I am considering the 5HP models is that I am still going to rebuild the old pump on the first compressor (Which is a 7.5HP) and eventually it will become the primary pump again, with the 5.0HP being the backup compressor. I had the option to just rebuild the one I have now, but the thought was if I get a second compressor, then I will have a backup if the primary ever fails again. It is a 12 year old cast iron that I rebuilt the heads on once about 2 years ago when I first got the this shop.

Thanks for all the help, I am mainly looking for a supplier or someone who has connections to a supplier directly though I appreciate the advice.
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