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Old June 20th, 2016, 08:55 PM
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OK - so I have tried to research the forum/s and cant seem to narrow it down. Some mates from here have given me their opinions too, which have entered into the equation.

What do you all run? Here are my "requirements"

  • Quiet - under 75db (or close too it) - I dont like to piss off mumma at 1am when I am in the garage
  • 110v - I dont want to rewire the garage if I don't have to - but will for the right one
  • Under $1,000
  • @90 psi I want double digit CFM - for running sanders
  • better than 50/50 duty time would be nice
  • Compact as possible
So this one is leading the charge right now....thanks to Jeff for the recommendation.

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Old June 20th, 2016, 09:20 PM
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I don't think >10 cfm is possible on 110V. 75 dB is also not possible with any recip, AFAIK. The best you can do is a two-stage. Best is to put in its own sound dampened room.
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Old June 20th, 2016, 09:31 PM
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Here is my opinion.

If you are going to run a sander you are going to struggle staying within your requirements. The machine you linked only puts out 7.5 CFM @ 90 which will produce dismal results for a sander and will likely not produce the results you are looking for with many air tools (grinders, etc.)

For a quiet compressor you need to get away from an oil less machine, they are still loud, but not AS loud. A compact machine is not going to be as favorable here as some larger units (i.e. larger tank capacity). The smaller units are going to pretty much run the entire time you are using them therefor making constant noise.

Don't rule out a 230V machine, it will take you thirty minutes of electrical work to set yourself up with a 230V outlet (assuming you have a sub panel in your garage).

I just bought a 5HP, 230V, single stage machine with 16 delivered CFM @ 100PSI and am pretty happy. I bought a Rolair which is an American Company and the units are made to order. They have several that will fit within your price range and should give you the performance you are looking for. Call them and talk to them (yes a real person answers the phone and will give you solid advice).

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OK - so I have tried to research the forum/s and cant seem to narrow it down. Some mates from here have given me their opinions too, which have entered into the equation.

What do you all run? Here are my "requirements"
Dude. You don't need a big-boy compressor. Buy a pancake compressor for airing up tires/etc, then get a decent electric impact gun (Snap On, Dewalt...you probably already have one actually), then just buy an electric 4-1/2" angle grinder with all the sanding attachments. Problem solved.
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Old June 20th, 2016, 09:59 PM
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I have a 5hp, 22 gal Home Depot special, that's still going strong after a decade. It's no good for sanders, runs loud, but it is portable and runs on 110. But it only cost me $250 and it came with some basic airtools.

Have you looked at any of the ingersoll rand units? I think they will require a 230, but may suit your needs better.
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Nobody has ever complained that their compressor was to big or had to much capacity. Go big or go home!!!
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Dude. You don't need a big-boy compressor. Buy a pancake compressor for airing up tires/etc, then get a decent electric impact gun (Snap On, Dewalt...you probably already have one actually), then just buy an electric 4-1/2" angle grinder with all the sanding attachments. Problem solved.
Dumb ass...you know I have my Snap on impact wrench. I just have a plethora of cool (Mac tools) air tools after my last compressor broke. So I like the air tools better. ------ Follow up post added June 20th, 2016 11:22 PM ------ Does anyone have experience with the California Air Tools compressors? They sound like a hair dryer when they are running!
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Old June 20th, 2016, 11:25 PM
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I have a DeVilbiss 240v 80 gal tank 14cfm @90 psi main compressor. Even that struggles with open hose jobs like media blasting.
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We really want a Kaeser SX5 rotary screw compressor - 21cfm at 120 psi....and 62db

But they aren't anywhere close to your price range...
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I've had this craftsman unit a couple of years and have been really happy with it. 110V, belt driven so pretty quiet and only $565. Run it all hours of the night and wife/neighbors have yet to complain.

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I've had this craftsman unit a couple of years and have been really happy with it. 110V, belt driven so pretty quiet and only $565. Run it all hours of the night and wife/neighbors have yet to complain.

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I'm actually selling my 2hp craftsman. Loved it but moved to brushless electric.

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I had a big craftsman that died in short order. I believe in zen wrenching now so no compressor for me. The dewalt half in electric impact or a breaker bar and a pipe work for anything I need to get off and all the sanding is electric.
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I had a big craftsman that died in short order. I believe in zen wrenching now so no compressor for me. The dewalt half in electric impact or a breaker bar and a pipe work for anything I need to get off and all the sanding is electric.
So here is the rub Ron...I have a plethora of hardly used Mac Tools air equipment....barely, barely used - in fact, a few never used, because my Air Compressor went belly up.

I still dont have an idea of what to get....but do like the Rolair that Will mentioned.
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Old June 21st, 2016, 08:16 PM
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If you already have air tools (especially A quality tool like MAC) then don't get a crap compressor, I have been there and done that and been very disappointed.

Just because it looks big, does not mean it will do anything other than fill tires and blow off dust.

I am not a Rolair fan boy, but have several friends with them and we're all happy. Don't pay much attention to MSRP as your local dealer will likey have it for a good bit less.
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Just some notes:

1. CAT compressors are oilless and suffer the same problem as all oilless compressors: Much shorter lifetime especially when run hot. Don't take my word for it. Note that CAT actually makes a "long life" compressor. Makes you wonder how long the non-long-life compressors last. The 20040C is the only one that meets your specs for flow. Life might not be a big issue if you use your compressor occasionally.

2. Any oil / piston compressor will be the quietest option. You'll find oil / piston compressors that are 20 years old and still pumping like new. Oilless, no way.

3. If you plan on operating an air sander or other rotary air motor tool, forget about your compressor noise. The noise of any air powered tool is earsplitting and way, way beyond the noise of even the noisiest compressor. Hope you have earplugs

4. You're severely limiting yourself by sticking with 110V compressors. Add in double digit cfm compressors and you may end with nothing that fits your criteria

5. Hands down the easiest way to silence your compressor short of making a full enclosure is to run a remote inlet. A large percentage of the high frequency noise of an air compressor comes from the inlet. Put a large diameter hose nipple on the inlet of your compressor, and put on a hose that runs outside. Huge improvement, and something you can do on anything you end up buying.
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Thanks Ed...appreciate your opinion - a lot. I am investigating how to get 230v - no patch panel int he garage, so a PITA to get it there from the main panel.
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Thanks Ed...appreciate your opinion - a lot. I am investigating how to get 230v - no patch panel int he garage, so a PITA to get it there from the main panel.
I'm dumb but I try to help How far is your clothes dryer from your garage door? Any chance you can run an extension cord out the door to the compressor whenever you need to use it?
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