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Old 07-02-2006, 05:55 PM
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Yet another Air Compressor post!

OK guys it's been forever since I posted last, I spend a ton on time on the truck forums these days (just got done with my 72 SWB chevy and now working on my 69 blazer-total restore), so I think I will spend more time here when I get to my muscle car. Anyway my compressor went far south on me and I am looking at getting one of three 2-stage 5hp compressors. I have narrowed it down to these

Craftsman (Devilbliss) 5.5hp 2-stage 80 gallon (400lb, cast sleeves)
Campbell Hausfeld 5hp 2-stage 80 gallon (500lb, solid cast)
Ingersol Rand 5hp 2-stage 80 gallon (400lb,, not sure if solid or sleeve cast iron)
I also looked at the US General at Harbor Freight...just worried about service after the sale. Does anyone have an opinion (like I know the answer to that one). I am leaning on the all-cast CH. Thoughts?

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U might want to look into quincy compressor. They make a 5hp 2 stage 80 gallon compressor.
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Quincy is a really good compressor. I got my compressor at Lowe's and its not a really high quality piece, but it serves me well and the price was right. You can check out the compressors at TP Tools too.. tptool.com They have allot of cool stuff for the restoration trade. I think the prices are good and they have some real nice detailed information about plumbing airlines and other auto shop topics.
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Yep checked out a Quincy 5hp 2-stage, 80 gallon......ouch! I am sure you get what you pay for but at $2100.00 from my local distributor I just can't afford it. The sales guy aimed me at Speedaire at Graingers, went and checked that out too...about a grand. The guy told me that it is made by Campbell Housfeld, all the same specs generally.

I also talked to a shop here in Boise (Valley Air Tool), who does warranty and repair work on all kinds of compressors. One interesting thing he told me was that if I were to get a Puma 2-stage with the cast iron pump (not sleeved cylinders and aluminum head), it was a pretty darned well made compressor for the money. The search continues, I need to go check out our local source for Puma.
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Compressor's

I bought a Craftsman and I guess because I am a Nam Vet, I will not buy anything if it is from another country, no matter what the cost. If it is not American I do not need it.
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I tried to find the papers from my compressor, but they are hiding someplace! I paid around $600 or $700 at Lowes and it has pretty decent CFM specs for running about any air tool I use in the garage. Nothing wrong with a Craftsman either. I think Tractor Supply has pretty good sized units too. Probably hobby shop CFM's for under a grand
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U might wana shop around on the Quincy compressor. I bought that model for $1400. I think they went up in price to $1500 last time i looked.
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The Harbor freight I go to ( Albany Ny ) has good service and they don't hassle about warrantie issues. but, 90% of there big compressors are listed with garbage numbers so I would stay away from them, the 1 that I know has real numbers is $1k, it's like 17SCFM@90 psi, 5 horse I think.
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I decided on an Eaton 5hp.
They cost a little more but you get a lot lot more.
They run slower, (cooler,less water), quieter, and have a valve system
that looks much more durable.
My 5hp puts out as much or more CFM than most 7HP models.
They are high quality compressors.
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