Tomorrow is the beginning of Craftsman Club week at Sears, and I will be able to buy a 60 gallon Craftsman Professional stationary air compressor at Sears for only $432 plus tax and delivery. The normal cost is $549! This is a limited-quantities, closeout item which has been drastically reduced!
Here are the specs:
Craftsman Professional Mfr. model #16561 Two Stage Compressor Twin-V 2-Stage Oil Free 60 gallon stationary, vertical 175 PSI max 9.6 SCFM at 90 PSI 9.0 SCFM at 40 PSI 15 amps 7.0 HP Direct drive Internal cooling fan 240 volts Warranty: 1 year Weight: 192.0 lb.
The SCFM looks very low, but Sears rates this a 9 out of 10, which in their system, means can power all-known air tools continuously, with no trigger time and 100% duty cycle time (except for a 1" impact wrench and 7" sander, which I don't use), since it runs on a maximum of 175 PSI. Only their 80-gallon compressor is more powerful. Does this seem suspicious?
I am also considering an Ingersoll-Rand 60 gallon compressor, for $799. But there would be no discount for this:
http://snipurl.com/e6ia (or http://snipurl.com/e6im )
Ingersoll-Rand Mfr. model #SS5L5 60 gallon stationary vertical Twin cylinder Oil lube 18.1 SCFM at 90 PSI 135 max PSI 5.0 hp 9500+ hours of life at 100% duty cycle 230 volts 2 year warranty weight: 310 lb.
I just don't want to spend almost $400 more on an IR compressor, which is also 60 gallon, if it won't actually be that much more powerful.
So I would like to know if the Craftsman Professional 60 gallon compressor will meet all of my needs? Or is the IR one really much better?
Also, aren't all these compressors made by the same company anyway, DeVilbiss? See http://www.aircompressorsettlement.com /.