Air Compressors

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Air Compressors

Postby caseville cyclone » Sat Nov 12, 2016 4:14 pm

Well my 5 HP, 60 gal. Craftsman air compressor is on it's last leg. I've rebuilt the compressor 2 times,new pistons, rods and sleeves,now the motor gets hot and stops. Wait for cool down period and it starts again. I'm tired of using air tools and it runs out of air. I'm looking at Ingersol Rand or Dewalt 80 gal 5 HP two stage compressors to replace the old one. I've read reviews and they seem the same,although some say the IR seems to burn up motors. Tractor Supply has the IR on sale for $999.00 right now and in stock. Lowes has the Dewalt for $1404.00 and I have to order it and it will be shipped to the store. I want a compressor that will be able to prime a car and run my air tools with no problems. I figured Lou or anybody that work on car bodies would have some suggestions on what direction to go. IR or Dewalt, 60 or 80 gallons but definitely two stage. Thanks for any HELP!!! Andy
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Re: Air Compressors

Postby Lou's Comet » Sat Nov 12, 2016 6:33 pm

caseville cyclone wrote:Well my 5 HP, 60 gal. Craftsman air compressor is on it's last leg. I've rebuilt the compressor 2 times,new pistons, rods and sleeves,now the motor gets hot and stops. Wait for cool down period and it starts again. I'm tired of using air tools and it runs out of air. I'm looking at Ingersol Rand or Dewalt 80 gal 5 HP two stage compressors to replace the old one. I've read reviews and they seem the same,although some say the IR seems to burn up motors. Tractor Supply has the IR on sale for $999.00 right now and in stock. Lowes has the Dewalt for $1404.00 and I have to order it and it will be shipped to the store. I want a compressor that will be able to prime a car and run my air tools with no problems. I figured Lou or anybody that work on car bodies would have some suggestions on what direction to go. IR or Dewalt, 60 or 80 gallons but definitely two stage. Thanks for any HELP!!! Andy


I have the IR 80 gal 5hp two stage from tractor supply. Had it for a little over 2 years now. Couldn't be happier with it. It replaced my 5hp 60 gallon compressor, cambell hausfield??? BIG difference, way better.

Here is the one I bought

http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/produc ... sor-80-gal

If your old one is done you can add the tank from the old one to the new system for more reserve. My old one still worked but just didn't keep up so I sold it and bought the IR

I no longer have any problems with the compressor keeping up. If I am sandblasting I stop once in awhile to let it cool off.
But even with blasting it does good. Even catches up with the blaster sometimes. Plenty of air for everything else, No problem at all with spraying a car. Make sure your air hoses are at least 3/8's.

I am very happy with it!! Been very happy with the IR brand over the years, air tools etc. recently bought a IR regulater/water separator from TS and it also works well

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Re: Air Compressors

Postby ants875 » Sat Nov 12, 2016 7:41 pm

We have a shulz air compressor at our shop, it's a 7.5 hp which o know is bigger then you need but we've had it for 12 years and not a problem with it. I run my mechanic shop and my father in law runs his body shop off the same compressor, so we have really worked it and it has held up great. I know they make the size your looking at, might be worth looking into for you.

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Re: Air Compressors

Postby caseville cyclone » Sat Nov 12, 2016 9:18 pm

Thanks Lou and Ant for the quick response!! I going to go with the IR at TS,good price and on sale to boot. Ant I'm sure your recommendation is good also but it might be a little overkill for me. I have a lot of air tools and a small sandblaster so I think the IR will work for me. Thanks gentlemen,I appreciate your help. Andy (P.S.going to get it tomorrow while in stock.)
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Re: Air Compressors

Postby lavron » Sun Nov 13, 2016 12:03 am

Lou's Comet wrote:If your old one is done you can add the tank from the old one to the new system for more reserve.


That sounds like a great idea with the 80 and 60 gallon tank you would be able to sand blast better.

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Re: Air Compressors

Postby Lip Ripper » Sun Nov 13, 2016 5:01 am

MyI IR two stage is probably 4 year's old. Great compressor. It did blow a head gasket when it was probably 3 months old. They sent a service tech over from Tampa and I was fixed in 2 day's. I would buy another if needed.

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Re: Air Compressors

Postby captian_napalm » Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:03 am

I have heard that Atlas is a real good air comp..
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