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Best air compressor in $1000 price range...

Well, I just struggled through another paint job using my trusty little 5hp 30 gallon Craftsmen compressor. It's been good to me the last 10 years, but it struggles with most of my air tools. Time to get a real compresor. Any recommendations on a goo air compressor in the $1000 price range. I went to TSC and saw some IR units for slightly over $1000. Also saw some CH units of comparable size for about half that. Are there any stand out units in this price range?
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Go to Sam's and check out there air compressors there . I picked up a 60 gal. upright 6.8 H.p. for 989.00 a few years back .. Very good unit .

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I had a Craftsman 30 gallon 5hp that I had used for over 20 years. I finally stepped up and bought an air compressor from Porter Cable online a couple of years ago. It is a 80 gallon 2-stage stand-up with a 6hp motor and 15.6 scfm @ 100psi. The cost was 843.00 and that included the delivery, because they were offering free delivery at the time. I had to add the plumbing for the valve, separator, and gauge, but it was still under 950.00 and it has been a good buy in my opinion.

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I have heard very good about this one.

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Get a small car engine and other small engine. Hook the two together. Use the one to drive the other. In the compressor one, take out the valves, plug the valve guides, and rig up pipes with one-way check valves on the intake and exhaust ports. On the exhaust ports (the outlet pipes), link them together and send them to a large holding tank. I've got 500 gallon and 300 gallon propane tanks I'm gonna use as the reservoir. Anyway, that could be pretty cheap and pump a LOT of air.

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I have a Ingersoll- rand ss3 3hp 230v-60 gallon compressor that I got from Northern Tool to replace that piece of crap sears I had. It has just been GREAT, two years lots of hours in very cold and hot conditions, never missed a lick. About $600 to $700. Sure makes life easier.
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A good 5hp 60 gal comp. is what you need if you do any amount of body work and painting. Buy a quality one most of the names mentioned above are good names. Don't build one your self...

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Call these guys and see if they have something to fit your needs. Nort Central Air in Downs KS. 785 454 3409. They sell industrial air compressors at a good price. They may even have a rebuilt unit on the cheap.

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cjl,

I realize this is above your range: http://www.amazon.com/DeWalt-D55395-.../dp/B0008KL79K

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leaning towards the IR 80 gallon 5hp unit.....

Right now I'm still leaning towards the 80 gallon 5hp IR unit. Just over $1100. I'm going to go check out Sam's before I buy it though.
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Re: leaning towards the IR 80 gallon 5hp unit.....

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Right now I'm still leaning towards the 80 gallon 5hp IR unit. Just over $1100. I'm going to go check out Sam's before I buy it though.
First off, don't get stupid and buy a 5hp compressor with a NEMA 56 frame
motor, you're buying crap. Buy a compressor with a NEMA 140 or 180 series
motor, With those series motors, it won't matter what the pump size is, as long
as your scfm is adequate for the largest cfm air tool you use. I usually talk
to friends that are in the fire suppression business, where I can get Emglo
V4 compressor heads, they'll make 24cfm at 100psi, which should cover any
air powered tool you want to use...

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which compressor would you recommend????

That's why I asked the question. I know there is a very broad range of knowledge and experience on the board. Now, What compressor would you recommend?
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How loud are these $1000 compressors compared to a Craftsman 30 gal nothing special oilless compressor? I rarely use my Craftsman compressor because it is so fricken loud. I would rather use hand tools than fire it up.
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noise...

I don't know how they compare on noise levels. My problem is that my 30 gallon compressor just can't keep up with a lot of my air tools. This becam really apparent while trying to use my straight line file. It works okay with my smaller tools and with my spray guns.

If the noise is a big deal, just buy a longer air hose and put the compressor outside while you work inside.
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The bigger one will be alot quieter than that Craftsmen noise maker you have.

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