I need portable Air Compressor upgrade, any advice?

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02-21-2015 10:23 PM

So I am looking to get another portable air compressor. I have burned out more portable air compressors since 2008 than I can really count.

I am going for the best upgrade I can as I am completely burned out on buying portable air compressors. My next upgrade is going to be a gas powered wheel barrow style and will live in the back of my truck. I figure if it is strong enough I will begin running my DA sanders in the field when needed (sanding in field is very rare).

I am looking at newer models on CL. Here is what I am looking at, if anyone knows about these please let me know.

Tahoe TPI 6521: 5 hp Honda engine, it is 1 year old, low usage and lowest offer accept is 800.00. I cannot find any reviews on this machine and the specs appear exaggerated by the mfg (20 cfm at 100 psi, that does not seem logical).

Rolair 7722: 9 hp Honda engine, 4 months old, lowest accepted offer is 1000, brand new price is 1,500. Specs at 16 cfm at 100 psi, this seems accurate.

John Deere: brand new model 5 hp Honda. New cost is 1,000.00. Rarely ever see these for sale used (only 1 time).

Then there is the IR 5 hp, found at tractor supply for around 1000 with 5 hp Honda engine, but I found reviews and they are not favorable. I also see the Hitatchi with 5 hp Honda gas engine at Lowes, again with bad reviews online for around 750.00.

I know these compressors are not a staple of the hobby shop and many on here may not know much or anything about these, much like myself. Just hoping someone would have some info.

Then the cheap side of me wants to grab another stop gap at 200 to 300.00. I know that is just going to be a waste in the long run, but cheaper in the short time.

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#1 posted 02-22-2015 12:50 AM

I vote for the Rolair. I have been in business for almost 25 years. We are a design/build remodeling company. Had seven guys at one time. Have 3 now. In the 25 years I have owned 4 Rolair compressors and one of those was stolen out of my trailer. Right now I have two electrics one of the small twin tanks and one is larger twin tank. That compressor is about 15 years old which I bought for $100 during the construction depression a few years back. The one that was stolen was the 7722 with the Honda. That produces so much air you’ll never stop it. We don’t do that much framing where we don’t have electricity that the gas was not needed. So, I am going to replace it with the BT25 or the mid-sized stationary (not sure that number) since we are doing more kitchens and use it for our shop. Rolair is built for the construction industry.
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#2 posted 02-22-2015 01:54 AM

Thanks Marty for the input. Let me first say I lean towards the Rolair also, it was purchased brand new locally at a construction machine retail company here in San Antonio. I know historically Rolair has had a good reputation but these days many good old mfg have gone down hill. I did have problems with a Rolair smaller twin tank 2 hp electric compressor last year. That one was only around 300.00 brand new and I think you get what you pay for. The Rolair 7722 is 1,500 brand new and that model is likely very industrial and likely will last us 20 years, at least I hope. Our portable air compressors only get used when on job sites which is not a whole lot. Most of our work is done inside our shop and our old Quincy provides us with dependable 20 cfm in the shop. I would love to have a portable air compressor with a lot of air output. I would certainly add DA sanders to my truck as they are just a dream to use compared to the electric sanders I have used. Plus, a higher output compressor can act as a back up to our primary shop compressor should it ever go bad (it is very old).

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