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    Quote Originally Posted by triumph406 View Post
    Get the cheapy HF or HD compressors, I've been using a Husky 2.0hp 30 gallon tank compressor with 2 fadals, a Makino, an air drawbar on a BP, multiple leaky fittings etc for 4 years now. The only issue I had was running low on oil, adding oil fixed that.

    If you don't think that's going to be reliable enough, buy 2 of the HF or HD compressors, plumb the tanks together so you have 60 gallons capacity, and use only one compressor, when that craps out after a few years, plug the other one in.
    I like this idea and I'm basically doing it using a 60 gallon tank from an HD compressor where the motor was gone. I've plumbed it inline.
    One large problem I have with the Harbor Freight and Home Depot compressors is the noise!
    I have a California Air Tools super quiet compressor, but it is far too wimpy.
    I know it's like hunting unicorns to try to find a quiet compressor that can produce a lot of air and has good duty cycle, but I'm tired of eating canned unicorn meat!

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