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    Re: Best air compressor for home garage use

    subscribed...looking to put a small 3-8 gal air compressor in my shed for airing tires, blowing off the mowers, etc...currently have a oil lubed sears compressor in the garage and a portable refill tank for the basement

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    Re: Best air compressor for home garage use

    Quote Originally Posted by MattR302 View Post
    Friend gave me one of these as a housewarming gift maybe 8 years ago: 8 gal. 2 HP 125 PSI Oil Lube Air Compressor
    Had one three years. Only $120 or so and very handy.

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    Re: Best air compressor for home garage use

    Quote Originally Posted by capitalcrew View Post
    I mean. I'm a believer in buying something once and never again. I would find a used ingersoll rand t30 on craigslist around 500-600 dollars. 60 gallon tank. See if you can find the 253 pump. If not the 242 will put out plenty of air. They're easily fixable, they're pretty robust, put out lots of air, and you can usually find a single phase one easy enough OR find a replacement motor cheap on craigslist. Like ~100 bucks for a 5hp baldor.
    That's what they use in the garages at nhms.

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    Re: Best air compressor for home garage use

    Quote Originally Posted by capitalcrew View Post
    I mean. I'm a believer in buying something once and never again. I would find a used ingersoll rand t30 on craigslist around 500-600 dollars. 60 gallon tank. See if you can find the 253 pump. If not the 242 will put out plenty of air. They're easily fixable, they're pretty robust, put out lots of air, and you can usually find a single phase one easy enough OR find a replacement motor cheap on craigslist. Like ~100 bucks for a 5hp baldor.
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    Re: Best air compressor for home garage use

    With a bad pressure switch I wouldn't pay that much for a 242. The tank does look to be in good shape though. Make sure the drain works well.

    You could probably find a pressure switch on ebay for it. That one may also be adjusted wrong or hooked up wrong. Would take a bit of investigating.

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    Re: Best air compressor for home garage use

    so any worries about an oiled compressor in an unheated shed?...or should i be looking at oil-less?...also as far as longevity which type would typically last longer...i don't plan to use it a ton so a HF one is probably going to be just fine for me

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    Re: Best air compressor for home garage use

    Oiled will last much longer. I'm not sure about what to do with it in the winter. If you plan on running it possibly changing the oil for the cold weather but otherwise it would be fine probably

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    Re: Best air compressor for home garage use

    I use my oiled year round in my unheated garage. Granted I use rotella sooo....

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    Re: Best air compressor for home garage use

    Quote Originally Posted by loudbeard View Post
    Can you see if the compressor can be wired for 208Y? We donít have 480 at the shop.
    I totally blew this one. I just checked the specs, 480V only, and water cooled. So unless you have a source of cooling water, they won't work for you.
    If you tell me what you are looking for, I can keep my eyes open. We come across older ones that we replace and we don't take them back because we aren't in the business of storing dead bodies.

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    Re: Best air compressor for home garage use

    Quote Originally Posted by Point37 View Post
    so any worries about an oiled compressor in an unheated shed?...or should i be looking at oil-less?...also as far as longevity which type would typically last longer...i don't plan to use it a ton so a HF one is probably going to be just fine for me
    my oiled compressor (Ridged) stays outside year round, I've had it going on 15 years

    in winter remember to drain tank(s) after use, moisture ends up being ice inside the air tank(s)

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