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Started by MiniDave, February 20, 2019, 09:38:28 AM
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Quote from: MiniDave on February 20, 2019, 09:38:28 AMMy old compressor is pretty tired,, I've had it for about 30 years and rebuilt it once already so I'm thinking it's time to not only get a new one but maybe to upgrade too.To that end I'm looking at a 60 gal upright, running on 240 volts. This will present some additional challenges as I'll have to install a sub panel to power it as my current panel is already oversubscribed. Even tho the panel is only a 100 amp, that's actually enough as it's extremely unlikely to ever be using close to the full capacity at one time - the biggest power users @ 240V are the shop A/C at 20 amps, the whole house A/C at 30 and the oven also at 20, if I add the air compressor at 15, that totals 85amps , still some room at the top. And the chance that all of those would be running at the same time is remote if at all. That's the theory I'm operating on at least. The alternative is to put in a 200 amp service, which would run quite a bit as not only would I need to change the entire panel and all of the breakers, but code changes since my house was built would require a new service head on the house, new meter box and a service disconnect. I figure at least $3K to do it all by an electrician. I can do most if not all of it but.....permits, inspections etc might require I hire an electrician anyway for it to pass.So, just perusing Google I find prices all over the map, even from the name brands. surprisingly Harbor Freight is not the cheapest game in town, I found compressors at Lowes, Home Depot and Northern tool for less. The amount of air delivered at the standard rating of 90 psi is the main difference, they're all two cylinder compressors at this size.So, how to decide which one to get? Price, air delivery and noise are all considerations, but there is no way to compare them exactly - can't walk into a store and ask them to plug one in exactly.Anyone have experience with a 60 gal vertical compressor? One they could recommend?Edit: My neighbor said his service upgrade cost $1400, including new panel, breakers, some new outlets in the house, new service head etc....much less than I thought it would be.
Quote from: MiniDave on February 23, 2019, 08:33:41 AMNot a whole lot of difference between them