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air compressor opinions......

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by tacomaman06, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. Jan 5, 2010 at 9:04 PM
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    tacomaman06

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    getting a compressor for the garage pretty soon...and narrowed it down to 2.

    first i was looking at this one.......

    http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=221580-14989-LLA4508065&lpage=none

    one by kobalt at lowes. 80 gallon,

    and then i found out i get a work discount, so im looking into this ingersoll rand SS5L5.........and i can get it for around $625. has some pretty nice reviews too.

    http://www2.northerntool.com/air-compressors/electric-powered-air-compressors/item-1592047.htm

    im pretty sure a 60 gallon compressor will do all i need it to do at the house...even working on cars/trucks....running impact guns and such.

    what ya'll think?? i think the ir is probably a better deal, and even tho its smaller...probably alot better quality than the kobalt.
     
  2. Jan 5, 2010 at 9:08 PM
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    afd23a

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    As I'm sure you know, IR has a good rep in air compressors. It may be smaller, but I'd think the quality would be better.
     
  3. Jan 5, 2010 at 9:10 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    I gotta throw a vote to the IR....They are great compressors.
     
  4. Jan 5, 2010 at 9:11 PM
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    dexterdog

    dexterdog My pee parts itch

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    Definitely go with the IR. It is more industrial, more durable and runs off of a single large piston instead three small ones. The IR is comparable to the recips that we run at work.
     
  5. Jan 5, 2010 at 9:11 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    Looks like the IR has a higher CFM than the other one too....
     
  6. Jan 5, 2010 at 9:12 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    4.10 gears, sliders, and lots of buttons.
    Actually, I think that model has a 2 piston unit. Its a paralell set up.
     
  7. Jan 5, 2010 at 9:15 PM
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    4low2go

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    IR makes great compressors. Have a 175psi two stage 5hp 80gal, had it for about 5 years, and it runs like a champ. I usually have it regulated down to 100psi, and then increase the pressure when needed, like for a difficult balancer bolt.
     
  8. Jan 5, 2010 at 9:16 PM
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    The IR looks like it has a 3 year warranty if you get the startup kit (synthetic oil) which is as good a warranty as the kobalt if that's of any concern. The reviews of it on the NT website are really good too.
     
  9. Jan 5, 2010 at 9:19 PM
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    buy a new house and have to fill it up? Looks like the IR is a smokin deal for you, but what do you need all that compressor for.
     
  11. Jan 5, 2010 at 9:21 PM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    WEll I have no experience with either of them and am just being a good post whore......
    and ummm, screw it

    I keel you!
     
  13. Jan 5, 2010 at 9:22 PM
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    xodeuce

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    I just bought a Husky 60 gallon this past weekend. It's a repainted / rebranded Campbell Hausfeld, and I'm pretty sure the Kobalt stuff is too. I was in Tractor Supply and looking at the CH units, and the one that's 399 is the exact same as my Husky that was the same price. The IR units were out of my price range, but they sure look nice!

    I plumbed mine in the basement / garage / shop area with all 1/2" galvanized pipe and used a 24" long 1/2" hydraulic hose rated for 2000 psi as the link from the galvanized union to a shutoff valve on the compressor. That way vibration in the line is minimized and we don't feel it in the floor in the house above.
     
  14. Jan 5, 2010 at 9:23 PM
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    tigerfan00 BECAUSE INTERNETS!! Thor

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    ive run an impact gun on a 2.5 gallon compressor no problem

    60-80 should do you just fine
     
  15. Jan 5, 2010 at 9:23 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    oh nO YOU DONT!!
     
  16. Jan 6, 2010 at 3:40 AM
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    i could probably get something smaller....but no point in doing so, since eventually im gonna put a lift in the shop and already have work plans for it. and $630 aint bad at all.

    i think im gonna go with the 60 gallon ir.....hellava deal and the reviews are awesome!
     
  17. Jan 7, 2010 at 6:55 PM
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    I've got a Harbor Freight 25 gallon (forgot the HP) I have had for about 4 years...still runs like a champ. I have used it to paint multiple cars and use it for all sorts of tasks. I feel like I have gotten my money's worth at this point. I only paid like $200 for it.

    I am going to buy a pancake compressor sometime in the near future for quick projects since it takes a while for the big one to fill up. I always empty it when I'm done to prevent rust from condensation in the tank
     
  18. Jan 11, 2010 at 8:05 PM
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    DDD

    DDD Shine bright like a hymen

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    I bought a Craftsman (Sears) 30 gal. 1.5 hp compressor in 1997 and it still works great.

    To this day I have done no maintenance to it other than draining the condensation from the tank every few months. BTW, it has a oil less motor.
     
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