Here are a few tips/questions when shopping for smaller 5 hp two stage air compressor on a 60 or 80 gallon tanks for your shop,
1. What’s your budget? If your budget is under $1,000.00, then go to your local hardware shop for a small, single stage, 115V unit. A true 2-stage air compressor (175 psi) should cost around $1250-$3,000. Two-stage piston air compressors are typically industrial units like; Ingersoll Rand, Chicago Pneumatic, Quincy Compressor, Saylor-Beall and Champion/Gardner Denver.
2. What is your power source, is it 115V/1/60 or 3-phase? Typically 2 stage air compressor(s) run on 230/1/60, not 115V.
3. Slow turning pumps are quieter, last longer and typically offer more air.
4. Where are you installing the compressor? If you’re thinking of a closet, rethink it or install air conditioning and exhaust as air compressors do not work well in hot and dirty environments. If you want to reduce the air compressor noise, here are a few tips:
– Install a Inlet Filter Silencer
– Remove the air filter and install it outside.
– Install a rotary screw air compressor or factory packaged quiet piston air compressor 🙂
5. Shipping, ship the compressor with a lift gate (residential delivery) & inspect the air compressor before signing the bill of lading (BOL).
6. Secure the air tank to the floor, snug the tank down with lag bolts, don’t tighten the bolts too tight as you still want the compressor move. If you tighten it too much, you could stress the welds on the tank.
7. Put a maintenance plan together, install factory compressor oil. If you see signs of water in your lubricant/oil, run the compressor up to temperature and burn it off or change the oil more often.
Remember, you get what you pay for. Spend a little more for the quality. Feel free to contact anyone at Compressor World to help you in your search. 866.778.6572 or firstname.lastname@example.org