Well it sounds like my Craftsman compressor is about to die, and I'm a looonnngg way from getting the car done. So I'm sure I will be needing to replace my compressor soon.
I've narrowed it down to these two compressors from Eaton. Both are the same price at $1190. I was thinking about the Lowe's Kobalt 3 cylinder, 230 volt, 14.6 cfm at 90 psi for $799 (closeout at $650 if I time it right). But instead, I'm thinking I'll just spend the extra cash and get a really really nice compressor that should last a lifetime, and after reading all of what they are about and their philosophy on compressors, Eaton is the way I want to go.
#1 is a 230 volt, single phase, 5 HP, 80 gallon, single stage, two cylinder compressor, 19.5 cfm at 100 psi, 150 psi max.
#2 is a 230 volt, single phase, 5 HP, 60 gallon, two stage, two cylinder compressor, 17 cfm at 175 psi, 5 HP.
I am going to be doing as much of my own bodywork as possible, and that MIGHT include filling, sanding, priming my car, and if I get REALLY fiesty, I might even try to paint it myself. Other stuff would include blowing out my lawn irrigation, etc.
I DON'T NEED 175 psi, so I'm not sure if the two stage is better. Yeah, it probably pumps up faster (although it has a 60 gallon tank vs the single stage 80 gallon). And since they are both the same price, I figured I'd ask you guys what you thought.