The best stationary air compressor would be a great investment for lots of tasks whether it’s in-home and in particular small shops that run electric tools such as sanders, polishers, nail guns, etc.
Since stationary air compressors are a substantial investment, however, it pays to a cautious and prudent shopper and to know which stationary air compressors offer the most bang for your money.
Best Stationary Air Compressors
Here in order of purchase recommendation, are our top 7 recommended stationary air compressors.
Stationary Air Compressor Reviews
In our reviews, we’ve chosen 7 stationary air compressors that represent a wide spectrum of capabilities, as well as costs.
1. Quincy QT-54 Reciprocating Air Compressor
This 2-stage compressor with a 60-gallon tank was our overall pick among all stationary air compressors.
We gave the not to the Quincy QT-54, primarily because its pump is expected to last between 30,000 and 50,000 hours of use.
The Quincy QT-54 is an industrial air compressor you can count on. It has a powerful 5 horsepower industrial motor and puts out up to 175 PSI.
For running multiple air-powered machines. you would hard-pressed to find a more reliable machine. And reviewers generally agree.
Our only gripe is that for a stationary air compressor designed to last a lifetime, the manufacturer only provides a one-year warranty.
2. Ingersoll Rand 2340L5 Two-Stage Air Compressor
A close runner-up for top honors, and earning our premium reputation is the Ingersoll Rand 2340L5.
Ingersoll claims the Ingersoll Rand 2340L5 will last at least 15,000 hours on the pump, and the Rand 2340L5 certainly has the credentials to be of constant use. It is powered by an industrial 5 horsepower motor and will provide up to 175 PSI which is plenty of oomph to power multiple air-powered tools at the same time.
The Ingersoll is powered by synthetic lubricant which should last 2,000 hours between servicing.
3. Puma Industries PK-6060V Single Stage air compressor
OUr great value award goes to the Puma PK-6060V. While admittedly a one-stage air compressor with only a 3-horsepower motor, if you don’t need the extra horsepower and will only be using it occasionally for an hour here, an hour there. you can save anywhere from $500 to $70 buying a Puma PK-6060V.
Just be sure it has enough PSI to fit your needs. By comparison, the Puma has up to 135 PSI as compared to up to 175 for the Quincy or the Ingersol Rand.
Also, be aware that the noise level will probably be greater with a one-stage compressor like the Puma. But if that doesn’t bother you, this is one to definitely look at.
4. DeWalt DXCMV5076055 Two Stage air compressor
The DeWalt operate4s at only 767 RPM, which means that it is fairly quiet and does not heat up as fast.
The DeWalt also comes with a 5 horsepower motor, 60-gallon cast-iron tank, and operates at high PSI’s, up to 175 PSI.
AS far as performance is concerned, look no further than the reviews. People consistently use the DeWalt for multiple use applications and are generally quite happy with the results. This is another 5-star product.
5. Industrial Air IV5076055 Two Stage air compressor
The Industrial IV5076055 is a quiet machine that people love. Clients say the noise level of this machine is second to none and for being whisper-quiet, and that’s something definitely to consider.
The Industrial Air IV5076055 has a strong 5 horsepower motor and will pump out air at
Another thing we like is the two-year warranty. Many manufacturers only offer a one year warranty. So this provides you with added protection.
6. PowerMate Vx PLA3706056 Single Stage air compressor
Significantly lighter than the other compressors on our list, we wouldn’t recommend it for those who need a compressor to run several hours a day and to power multiple tools,
The PowerMate Vx has a 3.7 belt-driven horsepower motor which delivers up to 155 PSI of pressure.
While definitely less robust than heavier, more solid units, one gentleman hobbyist noted he had used his PowerMate for 5 years without a single hitch.
We do like that it comes with a two-year warranty, and it is significantly easier to move if need be in the shop.
Still, we would rate it more of a hobbyist tool than for constant shop work. b
7. Maxair C5160V1-MAP Stationary Compressor
The Maxair C5160V1 is sort of a hybrid. On the one hand, it is a single-stage compressor, on the other hand, it has a 5 horsepower motor which will put out up to 170 PSI.
While people love their compressors, there are minor complaints such as the use of chap belts on the machine.
This is definitely a unit made in China and people also complain that there is minimal documentation for the pump.
How to choose the best stationary air compressor?
AS indicated, we gave our top stationary air compressor ratings to the Quincy QT-54 followed by the Ingersoll Rand 2340L5.
They both ranked as the best stationary air compressor because of a number of factors.
One is that they are both two-stage air compressors. A two-stage air compressor will run quieter, cooler, and be more efficient.
The second is that they have a powerful motor. A 3 horsepower motor will not come near the longevity of a 5 horsepower motor.
The third is their pumps are rated to be long-lasting. The Quincy and the Ingersoll are rated to last at least 15,000 hours for the Ingersoll while the Quincy is rated to last 30,000 hours.
Finally, both the Ingersoll and Quincy are made in the USA. Be wary of purchasing equipment manufactured in China. Considering you might be spending up to $1500 for the air compressor and another $200 or more to hook it up to the power, it’s worth your time to call the manufacture and ask where their units are made from.
Finally, a word about where to buy. While Amazon may be cheaper, when it comes to air compressors, were not in favor of buying online.
Why? Because if you ever need the warranty service, you’ll need to pack the unit up and send it somewhere. Plus it’s no telling how long it will take to fix it.
Our recommendation is to buy locally, where they can take care of the warranty service.
Buy a 2-stage compressor with a 5 horsepower motor, and sufficient PSI for your needs.
Read the reviews carefully, and buy the best quality compressor you can afford, even if you have to pay $100 or more for it.