I'm thinking of buying a small air compressor. Has to be portable (in
the sense of pick up and carry, not roll around on wheels). Uses will
be small tools, maybe some spraying of finishes, and of course pumping
I'm stumped by the array of brands on the market. Ingersol-Rand,
Campbell-Hausfeld, Dewalt, Porter-Cable, etc. They all make stuff that
looks pretty much the same with similar specs. I'd rather spend a
little more and get a higher quality product. Which are the better
brands and which are junk?
Actually none of the compressors he mentioned are the same compressor
Porter-Cable is made by Devilbiss.
Ingersoll-Rand is made in an IR factory overseas.
DeWalt is made by Emglo in Pennsylvania.
Campbell Hausfeld is made in China.
Of the above, I believe the DeWalt to be the best portable. Its an oil
lubricated pump design. Many of Porter-Cables are oil-less.
DeWalt (Emglo), Quincy, IR, and Rolair are some of the better units to look
for in my opinion.
in message wrote
On Fri, 12 Dec 2003 07:04:10 -0600, "Rick"
I disagree with you. Ingersoll-Rand is the best among those mentioned
here. Look at IR's specifications closely you will see IR never lied
like the rest. I have bought many compressors for myself and for the
companies I used worked for, spending hours evaluating them. If money
is not the problem, I can close my eyes and purchase IR or Atlas Copco
with confident, knowing I have made the correct decision. I believed
Atlas Copco a Swedish company own Milwaukee tools and possibly made
the world best rotary type compressor.
Given the choices below, I will buy either Emglo (I have an Emglo
before) or IR (IR being better and more expensive).
The Italian's made Emglo's compressor (seven years ago) was enclosed
in a steel casing with insulating materials and it sound just like my
house central aircon.
Right now I have a $200, Taiwan's made 6.5hp, two stages compressor. I
do not believe the spec. My best guess it is a 1.5hp, 15 amps 5+CFM
compressor, base on "kick-in" and "kick-out" usage (too troublesome to
remove the cylinder heads, pistons etc. and calculate.....). I rewired
it to 220V after I experienced tripping, when it "kick-in."
Porter Cable and Delta are essentially the same company. The management
group is the same, they are housed under the same roof, and manufacturing
facilities have been combined in many cases.
Devilbiss is its own company. The only affiliation besides producing product
for Porter Cable and Delta, is that they are also owned by Pentair.
Hoffman enclosures is probably the other company you referenced.
They also own brand names like Viper, Hickory, Oldham, etc.
You can find the info at www.pentair.com
Actually you will have to go to your local industrial supplier to find names
like Quincy, IR, and Rolair. Typically the people that supply your local
contractors will carry brands like these.
DeWalt (Emglo) can be found almost anywhere tools are sold.
I was looking at a Quincy today, which was the first I'd heard of
them. The units I saw had believable specs at slightly discounted
industrial prices. They looked like they were spray painted while
attached to the shipping pallet, which would probably make the typical
BORG shopper think of them as cheesy. <G> Upon external inspection
they appeared to be of serious quality, reminding me of IR's
I don't care what it looks like on the pallet, I care about how they
Does anyone here own a Quincy? What do you think of it?
A better question would probably be whether they are oil-less or not.
My experience is that the cast iron cylinder, belt driven compressors
last longer and are *much* quieter in operation than the direct drive,
oil-less models. The oil-less type are generally sold to consumers
with an expectation that they will be used infrequently, while the
cast iron, oiled types are generally sold to professionals who expect
them to operate everyday, all day.
First, check the requirements of the equipment you want to use, then see
if there are any that still can be carried. Filling tires and running
air guns takes very little, but running some small tools can still take
quite a bit. I've never used spraying equipment, but I don't think the
smaller compressors are going to be able to do it. I dunno though.
I did a bit of research when I bought my compressor. It got pretty
complicated, but I found that spraying paint required a ton of power.
Since I don't plan on doing any of that, I got a 5hp, C-H floor model at
the Borg and it has done everything I wanted.
Right now I'm considering replacing it with one that doesn't make so
much noise and one that doesn't have the drain valve in such a difficult
place to get to.
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