I have managed to burn out another compressor and now it's time to buy an industrial unit. I am limited to single phase because I live in a rural area. My last unit was a 5 hp MaxAir (Eagle I think) 18.5 cfm@150 psi hobby reciprocating compressor. I really want to go with a screw compressor next because they are so quiet. But for my application, most compressor distributors reccomend another reciprocating machine. They tell me that the screw units run better when they run for longer periods of time (20 mins +) and are not stop and go like I would most likely be running.
I am leaning towards a 7.5 hp Ingersol Rand reciprocating two stage 24 cfm@175psi compressor. Seems to be the best value for the price.
What brand do you guys here have for your shop compressor? I have had quotes for Quincy, DVair, Chicago Pneummatic, Ingersol Rand, Kaeser, Champion, Polarair, FS Curtis & a few others. Are there any brands you would stay away from?