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Air compressor for the garage ?????

I have to replace my Sears Crapsman air compressor now I'm trying to decide between a Husky or Campbell Hausfeld. would like to here some feed back on these if you have any looking at the 60-80 gal sizes

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What will be the major use of the compressor. If you want to run air tools get the biggest compressor you can afford. CFM is the factor, my Craftsmen compressor can't keep up with a DA sander. It will operate a 1/2 " drive impact though. Shawn
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iam planning on getting the campbell from tractor supply for 439.00 . it is also to replace a small craftsman. that does every i want just for not very long.
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With something that large, go for an oil cooled one, with as many USA/Canada made components as possible. You could keep your old craftsman tank for a larger capacity, but that still wont' offset a small pump over a long use of time.
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Both Husky and Campbell are about the same quality and will work fine for the typical hobby garage use. As the other posters mentioned, their are a few basic specs to look for:

Oil vs oil-less pump: Go with a compressor that uses oil. These compressors are quieter and they will last longer saving you money in the long run.

CFM: Determine the CFM requirements of the air tools you have or want to get. Get a compressor that has 50% more CFM capacity than your largest air tool because both the compressor and air tool manufacturers fib a little with their figures.

Horsepower: Ignore any HP ratings. HP figures have not matched true HP for years and are so unreliable they cannot be used as a selection criteria.

Once you get your new compressor home make sure you change the oil per the manufacturers recommendation and drain the tank regularly and you will have you compressor a long time
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