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    Default Need a new air compressor

    My old Craftsman has finally quit pumping. Motor runs, it make a bunch of racket but get to 65 PSI and stops. I need a new one that is quieter than the oil-less Craftsman.
    What have you guy had for luck with different brands. I am kind of on the fence on getting a 220 V one versus a 120v. I want a high volume one and that pretty much mean 220v. The one I have is a 31 gallon tank size and I am thinking maybe I could pipe the new one together with the old tank to increase times between cycles so I wont need a 80 gallon tank compressor more like 60 or less would be plenty. PUMA is supposed to be a good brand along with IR and Quincy but I don't see them listed anywhere on stores close to me only online.
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    Default Re: Need a new air compressor

    I have a 5 HP 240V Quincy that is around 40 years old and runs great. It makes 17CFM at 175 PSI stats at 175 and shuts off at 200PSI. They still make a very similar machine except mine is a horizontal tank. Quincy
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    Default Re: Need a new air compressor

    Gary, when I was repairing air tools, I very quickly wore out an oilless Craftsman (by DeVibiss), replaced the reed valves once, then the cylinder and piston twice, then the squirrel cage fan broke loose. Anyway, I bought the Puma PK6060V from an air-compressor dealer/manufacturer in Arlington, TX. When I first looked at the Puma, I was a little reluctant to buy it because it was made in Taiwan, but in December, 1998, I bought it and it was used every day, sometimes running continuously for extended periods of time, and never gave me a minute of trouble. However, when I had to move back to town, I had to sell it, and I'd only had it just a little less than 4 years. The realtor I used to sell our place in the country also had a ranch, and he bought that Puma compressor from me himself.
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    Randall, I have no doubt at all that the Quincy would be even better than the Puma, if you don't mind the extra cost. And Northern Tool now sells both of them.
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    Default Re: Need a new air compressor

    Tractor supply near me has IR compressors in the store. Haven't compared their prices though. I'd like to have a 30 gallon or larger, but can't afford the room in my small shop. Your idea of using your old tank is a good one. You might keep that local and you could install the new compressor any where withna large enough pipe between them to ensure you don't run out of volume. That way you could keep the noise away from your work and maybe save the expense or voltage drop of a long run of cable from the breaker box.

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    i'd get an oil style, not an oil less.

    that said. both TSC and harbor freight seem to have a sale on the 28-31 g upright units for under 200$

    those will be the smallest I would go. you could remove the old pump and plumb the 2 30's together and have a long cycle up and more air.

    i graduated from a pancake compressor to a pancake and an air up tank.. then to a 30g upright. ran that for years. have rebui;lt the valves in the pancake already one time. bit the bullet a year or 2 ago and got a 60g upright 220v model when i say a clearance sale at lowes for 48?$ 4 something anyway.. was less than 500 before tax. was a great deal.. I love it. fast air.. 135 psi.. hs 3 bungs for tapping. one 1" one 1/2 and one 3/8

    I use each.

    the 1/2 feeds a dedicated line for my 1" and 3/4" guns.

    the 1" line feeds a distrop bar that has quite a few 1/4 couplers on it for varios air tools..e tc. the 3/8 line is dedicated for my painting rig.. no oil on that line, and a pressure regulator. etc.

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    Default Re: Need a new air compressor

    I've been eyeing the Rolair. Here's a link.

    v3130k18 = 30 gallons, $1026
    v3160k18 = 60 gallons, $1200

    Rolair Systems

    Scroll down to see the chart of all the different models.

    A little pricey, but it will last a lifetime. Excellent reputation.

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    I have two older Craftsman oil style compressors. One is green while the other is red. The red one I think is newer and just kept getting louder and louder. Finally it stopped reaching 125 psi. I took it apart and found the end bearings for the crank aren't bearings but bushings and they had worn out and the crank had been scarred. I ended up throwing it out. I think the compressor was never made for continuous duty. For filling tires up it was fine but trying to run air tools that would require it to run all the time was more than it was designed for. I would guess it was a late 70s or early 80s 3hp compressor. I have a 5hp Speedarie that was given to me several years ago that has seen a lot more use and still works great.
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    Default Re: Need a new air compressor

    Thanks guys. You all pretty well summed up what I had heard. I looked on line at all the local places , TSC didn't list compressors but perhaps they do stock them, Lowes and Sears is about 100 higher than Atwoods Farm and Ranch store for Kobalt/Craftsman compressor. Likely made in China also like the Atwoods. I would love to have a Quincy but cant justify the cost for no more than I use it. I have a lot of air tools but only use them when something breaks, air up tires on the tractors, cars and RTV.
    2010 LS P-7010C 20F/20R gear tractor & FEL, 2009 Kubota B 26 TLB, RTV 900 Kubota,17 foot Lund boat with 70HP motor, 2012-20 ft 12k GVW trailer, 2011- 52" Craftsman ZTR mower, 2013 Ferris Zero Turn, 3 weed whackers, pressure washer, leaf blowers, 7 foot bush hog, 8 foot landscape rake , 8 foot 3 PH disc, 2 row cultivator, 350 amp Miller AC/DC welding machine and all the tools needed to keep them all repaired and running.

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    Default Re: Need a new air compressor

    we had an old 80's era CH compressor.. 60g upright.. REAL 5hp motor. it shelled ut and we took it apart. same deal.. crank BUSHINGS.. non repairable..e tc..

    Quote Originally Posted by crazyal View Post
    I have two older Craftsman oil style compressors. One is green while the other is red. The red one I think is newer and just kept getting louder and louder. Finally it stopped reaching 125 psi. I took it apart and found the end bearings for the crank aren't bearings but bushings and they had worn out and the crank had been scarred. I ended up throwing it out. I think the compressor was never made for continuous duty. For filling tires up it was fine but trying to run air tools that would require it to run all the time was more than it was designed for. I would guess it was a late 70s or early 80s 3hp compressor. I have a 5hp Speedarie that was given to me several years ago that has seen a lot more use and still works great.

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