Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Re: Air Compressor Question ???
As already stated, the direct drive oiless compressors are extremely noisy. The piston type, oil lubricated, belt driven are far less noisy, and will also last far longer.
I have a very old 2 HP Craftsman that has seen many decades of garage use, and it still works just great. I sometimes wish it would die so I could get a higher horsepower one though. I would love to have a full 5 HP, 3 minimum.
One other thing to watch for is that for some reason it has become allowed to label a compressor for it's "peak" horsepower, which is an absolutely useless rating. Look closely at the labels for "running" horsepower, which is how compressors were rated for decades, and is a useful rating. My son in law has a 5 HP direct drive oiless unit, which is rated 1.2 "running" HP. It is extremely noisy, and will not keep up with many power tools requiring a lot of waiting for pressure to build back up to a useful level. I hate being in his garage when it is running! The noise is very irritating, and it has to run seemingly forever to get the tank to it's full pressure.
Your stated use will not need a very large unit, but most find that after they have one for a while they expand their desired usage, and often find that they want something larger. I would suggest an oil lubricated, piston type, largest you feel comfortable paying for.
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