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    It's time for a good one, i'm thinking a stand up to save space. Somthing in the 50+ gallon range. I'm looking for somthing thats going to last a while, good quality, and quiet. This is just for my home, probably wont ever use it as much as a shop would. I also dont want to pay too much $$$$. I see the standups and lowes and sears, they any good? think the brand is cambel or somthing at lowes. Any recommendations?

    *** I'm tired of only being able to use my die grinder for 30 seconds and then waiting 90 seconds for the 15 gal tank to fill back up )

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    Sears/K-mart usually has good deals on craftsman.

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    right, but are they good units. The air compressor i have now is a craftsman but it's a 15 gal version, loud as ***** takes forever to fill, and now it will only fill 25PSI at a time before it blow's its internal breaker. The campell ones at lowes look nice, just not sure if they actually are. Also i really would like a quiet one, my uncle used to have one that was not very loud at all.

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    Anything over 50 gallons, I'd recommend going w/ a 220 volt setup. The power required to run the motor of a 50 gallon compressor will use the majority of the 20 amps of the circuit it is being used on.

    Cambell Hausfield & Craftsman are decent units. If you're looking for a higher quality compressor, try looking at the Ingorsoll Rand line.

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    if you can get a two stage 200 unit, i really like the 80 gal units from home depot, i have had one for several years and it works well and has really lasted. also a cast iron unit is much better for durability.
    really it depends what you want to run, if you want to paint, run rotary tools and use a sand blaster you should get a larger unit that puts out 17cfm or so.
    that being said i bought my unit off craigslist barely used for like 450.00..keep your eyes open they pop up often and you can get a used one in great shape for cheap!!

    a cast iron pump is really important for duability, imo craftsman arent as good as other brands, i have had three and never have had much luck, if you read their ratings the newer models seem to be poorly constructed. the lowes units and others are often single stage and non cast iron, the sell for 600 or so, but they dont last long. what is your budget?
    if your on a budget i think your better off seeking a used but cared for good quality unit, than a cheapo new unit, the well built one will out last it by decades...
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    Saw 1 or 2 on the Weekend Warrior auction flyer.

    I'll be there, might be some good deals.

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    A few things I learned when I bought mine.

    Go with a belt drive Shaun. That's the ticket to their being quieter.
    All the single stage direct drive units are noisy as hell from what I've
    seen.

    If you're going 50 gal. then you'll most likely be looking at a 220 volt
    unit and it'll end up being a belt driven anyway.

    I bought one from Lowes and it was the largest tank size, most cfm
    (5.7 cfm at 90psi), quietest (belt driven), upright unit that I could
    find that runs on 110 volts. My friends that own direct driven units
    are always surprised at how quiet it runs. This one is a single stage,
    but has cast iron construction, and is oiled.

    I've had it for 3 years and use it alot without any problems. I have a
    full array of tools and have used air ratchets, air drills, air sanders (DA),
    spray rig (paint), air chisel, impact gun 250 lbs., staplers/nailers and it
    runs all of them. The only exception is my air board sander. It'll only
    work for a minute or two and runs out of umph (tank is too small and
    the air board is a hog).

    This compressor works great for a 110 volt model, and I believe still the
    biggest, most powerfull of the 110 volt models. However, if I had it to do
    again, I'd go ahead and wire my garage for 220 volts and get a bigger one.

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    Buy the biggest, most capacity as you can afford. Compressors are like shops, never big enough. You may think brand/size X will be big enough for your needs but the more you rely on air tools the more compressor you will need. I have an old DeVillebiss V-4 cylinder-2 stage/120 gal. tank and I can run it down with some of the tools I run with it. The biggest offender is my 1" impact, one or two 5 sec blasts and the compressor is struggling to keep up. Now I understand you prob. will never have a need for a 1" impact but at one time I thought I didn't either. Buy big, buy once.

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    my buddy just got one from home depot for $450 it's good for a small garage but nothing great for big air. I think it was about 10.5 @90psi with a 60 gal. with 220. and I think it was 3.2 hp

    not to bad in the noise department but I'm trying to convince him to plumb the intake out of the garage, that would probably cut the noise in half.

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    for size its seems like most would agree a 80 gal with 5hp motor and 15cfm is really the base size to shoot for, anything bigger is a plus, anything smaller and rotary tools, many of the new paint guns (my satas use 15cfm each) and sandblasters will run you out of air fast, its so worth the extra dough to always have enough air...

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    The warehouse I built my boat in had a really old air compressor in it, and that thing was the quietest son of a bitch I'd ever seen. There would be many times when it would kick on, and I wouldn't even know it was running, pumped up damn fast too. I can't remember what brand it was, or the capacity or anything like that, but I'll find out next time I'm out there.

    IMO, buy used!!! Those old industrial machines were built well, and you can usually pick them up really cheap, especially now in this damn economy with everybody closing down and shit. This cheap fuckin' aluminum/plastic shit they're cranking out now a days can't even hold a candle to those old machines, that are still working just as well as the day they were built.

    Hell, I picked up my big bandsaw off an old fella selling all his old tools cause his arthritis was bothering him too much. Bought it out of the back of his pickup truck for $100. It's a 1930's model Yates 20" bandsaw, all cast iron, that thing is a beast. I wasn't even looking for a bandsaw either, just couldn't pass up the deal.

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    Craftsman Professional Series, twin stage motors, 110 volt, 175 psi max, oil free, a friend of mine has one and I have one, they rock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotrod56cars View Post
    Craftsman Professional Series, twin stage motors, 110 volt, 175 psi max, oil free, a friend of mine has one and I have one, they rock.
    Arnt the oil free ones the ones with the crappy plastic sleeve/piston and loud? I remember a simular thread on hotboat and i want to say guys were recommending oil'd compressors.

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    ive got a craftsman stand up 80 gallon. It works good, not real loud, and was way cheaper than snap on , mac or matco 50 gallon compressors.

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