I rented a Dewalt electric wheelbarrel type that was so quiet you could
stand next to it and have a conversation at normal volume. Great
technology as it runs up to 3 nailers(per the rental yard). It was an
oil type and pretty heavy.
Down side: around $700. I recently bought a Job Boss by PC and since it
was an oil type was hoping for quiet... no dice. It is LOUD!
John, Champion makes a 5 hp unit that is relatively quiet for the size. The
commandair series. I worked for a local distributor and God service center
for them. You can find out the distributor in your area. They were about
1800.00 but are oil lubed, repairable and easy maintenance for them. I am
looking at an Atlas Copco rotary screw for my shop in the future. They are
quiet and have a built in air dryer but run about 3500.00. The GX-5 is the
unit I am looking at.
I have a 50 litre direct drive. I house it under a bench in the shed.
I have made a cabinet to surround it with the doors and two ends
panelled with 6mm peg board. The machine sits on 12mm insertion rubber
on a concrete floor. When in the shed it is relatively quiet and from
the outside you can hardly hear it.
It is quite noisy when in the open.
hope this helps
for $150. It just chugs away quietly. Not silent, but not noisy. The
first key is to avoid the direct drive types. I have had two, an
oil-less and one that uses oil. Both make a racket and can scare the
bejesus out of you if you are standing nearby when it starts up.
Mine has a handle and wheels, but that is rather optimistic since it
requires a 220 v. outlet.
So far, nobody has answered the real question: "Sears kind", versus
The "Sears kind" are invariably "oil-free" or "oilless" compressors.
Instead of a piston in a cylinder, lubed by oil, they have a diaphragm
vibrating rapidly back and forth, with a *braaaaaaaaa* sound guaranteed
to make grown men cry.
Get an oil-type. Even if you have to get Harbor Freight. Get cast iron
requiring a top-off with 30W. Your neighbors (and your eardrums) will
I have a new 5 hp Curtis that has a China made compressor that I DO NOT
RECOMMEND. It is a quiet machine, I t has plenty of power, but the
compressor was replaced on warranty as it had a lot of blow by, and
would actually fog up my garage.
The new one does not have as much blow by , but has fluid leaks !!
Since it's Chinese maybe it would like Soy Sauce instead of compressor
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