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Best 15 HP Air Compressors

With 30+ years in the business, we have compiled a list of the best 15 hp air compressors with and without the air dryer and air tank; aka the Total Air System (Ingersoll-Rand), Full Feature (Atlas Copco) and Performance Package (Sullair).

The best 15 hp air compressors average around 50 to 60 cfm and come in a variety of configurations.   The most popular 15 hp air compressor would be tank mounted with air dryer.

Tank Mounted with Air Dryer Configuration (In recommended order)

Best 15 HP Air Compressors by Ingersoll-Rand, model UP6 15 125 TAS
This Ingersoll-Rand UP6-15 offers 55 CFM @ 125 PSI, mounted on a 80 gallon air tank, with cycling refrigerated air dryer and coalescing filter and automatic tank drain. Advantages; high capacity, considered to be a true total air system with pre-piped filtration and a mounted tank drain (normally optional).  Disadvantages; 80 gallon tank (120 gallon is optional), separate power feed for the air dryer, 1 year limited warranty.
Breakout:  UP6 is the Series, 15 = Horsepower, 125 = Operating Pressure, TAS = Total Air System.

Best 15 HP Air Compressors by ELGI Compressor, model EN11-125-120T-G(XX)
This ELGI EN11-125-120T-G offers 55 CFM @ 125 PSI, mounted on a 120 gallon air tank with refrigerated air dryer and mounted;piped pre-dryer filter (particulate) and post-dryer (coalescing) air filter, with automatic tank drain.   Advantages; high capacity, pre-mounted pre and post filters, larger storage tank and extended warranty; 1 year parts & labor, 5 years on the major components and a 6 year airend warranty.   Disadvantages; newer to the US market and longer lead times due to high demand.

Best 15 HP Air Compressors by Quincy Compressor, model QGS-15 17 TMD
This Quincy QGS-15 17 TMD offers 56 CFM @ 125 PSI, mounted on a 120 gallon air tank with refrigerated air dryer.  Advantages; wye delta reduced voltage starting, 69 dB(A) sound level, compact and offers quick shipments.  Disadvantages; pre or post filtration and tank drains are additional, no after-cooler (the after cooler cools the air and removes 70% of the moisture before entering the tank and dryer, Quincy uses the tank to cool the air before entering the dryer.

Best 15 HP Air Compressors by Atlas Copco, model G11-125 FF 208-230/460, 120 Gallon
This Atlas Copco G11 offers 58.3 CFM @ 125 PSI, mounted on a 120 gallon air tank with refrigerated air dryer.  Advantages; high output, low sound level 67 dB(A) and local support.  Disadvantages; pre or post filtration and tank drains are additional, no after-cooler (optional).  Tthe after cooler cools the air and removes 70% of the moisture before entering the tank and dryer, Atlas Copco uses the tank to cool the air before entering the dryer.

**All of the listed air compressor brands offer great local service

 

 

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