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08-04-2008 09:19 AM
oldred The Eaton is a good compressor and there has been many good reviews here on them but you are getting pump displacement confused with output CFM, The Eaton is good but it does not produce 37 CFM.
08-04-2008 05:50 AM
Air compressors.

Noticed all the talk about air compressors. For small to medium shop owners, I very much recommend the Eaton 3 cyclinder 80 gallon. For everything you get with this compressor, they far exceed all others. Look at the cfm. 37.5!!! Along with that, super quiet, especially nice when the compressor is in your work area. You can stand by this machine, while it is running, and have a conversation on your cell phone. I dont know of any other manufacture of a piston pump compressor putting out this much, for that kind of money, And Ive done research for 3 months. Most others max out at the 17 to 21 cfm range, with out the long warranty of the eaton. I just ordered my Second Eaton, 1st being sold with my shop in florida,

take care and good luck
02-11-2006 07:00 PM

I'm a little late for this conversation. I have a friend with a roll back. It works great to unload heavy loads. Just back up to my truck, wench it on the roll back then let it down. With straps it even worked to unload a 30" bandsaw and a milling machine. Both very top heavy.
02-11-2006 05:59 PM

Sorry to revive this old thread but I have a sanborn 60Gal 2 stage compressor and its begining to take a long time to build up pressure. I have taken the topend off and the cylinders look great. the valve plate look a little worse for wear would it help to replace them?? or any other ideas?
11-17-2005 07:24 PM

yea its a single phase 220 baldor .. looks fairly new
11-17-2005 06:57 PM
oldred Sanborn, 5 HP, 2 stage, $320.00 I think that motor is probably a GE or Baldor? If it is either at 5 HP then the motor alone will be worth nearly that.
11-17-2005 06:43 PM
It needs a few parts

Thanks for the reply oldred... Finally got it home and it needs most of the plumbing up top. The intercooler tube between stages and the tank supply lines are broken/missing, and some other small parts. Tank was made in 98 looks to be in real good shape. The good news is that Coleman Powemate still carries parts for this unit at a reasonable price. looks like I'll have about 320.00 into the projsect and come out with a 800-900$$ compressor.
11-14-2005 09:50 PM
oldred DV, Without knowing what you need for it plus not knowing the operating hours it would be hard to guess the value. Still it is a two stage and Sanborn is a good make so you will need to compare the cost to a new one. What does it need? How old is it, What is the condition of the tank? I know you cannot check the inside of the tank but does it have any cracks? dents? rust? If the tank has any of these flaws, with the exception of LIGHT rust, then it needs to be replaced.
11-14-2005 07:01 PM
Holy Cow!!

Well before I went to pick the compresor up this morning I found a online source for the parts I need. It looks like about 200.00 for the parts i need to bring this compressor up to safe operating conditions. DO you all think it's worth it?? I'll have about 400.00 into the project. It's still not bad for a 5hp 2 stage 60gal setup,.
11-13-2005 12:36 PM
oldred Sanborn is a well known brand and parts should be easy to find. Which model did you get?
11-13-2005 12:05 PM
Bought one..

I found a Sanborn 2 stage 5 hp 50 gal tank at a local shop equipment rebuilder. paid $250 but it needs a little work. hope parts arent hard to find.
10-21-2005 10:59 AM
oldred Shine, That link has a ton of good, no nonsense info
10-21-2005 09:46 AM
shine go to and ask Dr Gun about compressors and cfm requirements for guns. if your never going to paint then any compressor will do but if you use an older style gun ,even an hvlp your not going to get there. just my opinion and based on experience and what i've learned about the new guns. a jga siphon gun with a 3 hp pump will barely get you through a bike job. there is a form you can fill out and get an air audit. hope this helps

i bought my 5 and 10 horse compressors rebuilt in 84. both ar still doing fine. 5 horse went through the flood so it's rebuilt.
10-21-2005 08:54 AM
oldred DV, Shine is right about that thing, the numbers don't look right. The HP at the running AMPS listed is only about 3 HP and even though those V designed compressor pumps(single stage) are usually a little more efficient than an inline design that CFM rating is highly suspect for 3 HP. It is very hard to figure the true performance on these cheaper compressors because it is so easy to twist the numbers. Start-up AMPS mean nothing to performance except to deceive the buyer and running AMPS will give only a vague idea of performance but you can expect only about 10-11 true CFM from 12.5 AMPS and in most cases even less than that. If you can not afford a name-brand compressor you can look at the specs on them, the honest ones anyway, and compare performance numbers. Sometimes it looks like one is not getting much performance for the money when looking at the pro-brands but you have to remember that this is usually true figures and the true amount of air available is what counts not some ridiculous numbers painted on the side of the compressor. If you are going to buy a compressor soon let us know what you find and maybe we can help you cut through the nonsense and get the most for your money since some of the low cost units can be a decent buy.
10-21-2005 05:31 AM
shine call a local compressor rebuilder. he can give you the straight poop on compressors. i doubt this compressor will serve your needs if you use body tools or paint. if you look on the motor tag under hp it will say spl. meaning it is not a true 4hp. it's most likely a 3hp motor with 2 starters to get it going. the advertised cfm's seem really high for a small compressor.
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