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QUIETEST Portable Air Compressor in 2018

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  • #674986

    CB
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    Noise pollution is getting to be an issue. Working in communities where the homes are built closer together, with no room for trees in between, means a lot of hard plane surfaces reflecting and echoing sounds.

    I’m looking for the quietest commercial contractor grade air compressor on the market nowadays (2018). I have a $600 budget in mind, but could go higher if required, and of course, would be happy to go lower.

    CFM: I have about 4-5 cfm at 90 psi in mind, but again, am looking for quiet. I think 2.5 cfm might be a little starved, but again, am looking for quiet.

    PSI: Must be at least 125 (so I can top up the air to my service truck, which uses 110 psi commercial tires). I would otherwise prioritize CFM over PSI, so I’m not impressed if a compressor claims 150 or 200 psi vs 125, unless it also has more cfm at 90. And again, am looking for quiet.

    TANK: Volume can vary… 6 gallons net would probably be my minimum, with 30 gallons being maximum for anything remotely resembling portability. Shape can be anything… pancake, twin hot dog, barrel, whatever. As long as it is portable enough to go from truck to jobsite to truck again relatively easily.

    The ideal quiet compressor does NOT need to also function as a shop compressor. I already have a 25 cfm, 80 gallon, 7.5 running HP Ingersoll Rand T-30 shop compressor. What I’m looking for here is a quiet quiet quiet QUIET jobsite compressor of HIGH QUALITY and DURABILTY.

    In the last few years, I’ve burned through a couple of Harbor Freight portables, a couple of Husky portables, and am currently getting by with a Ridgid pancake and another HF pancake running in tandem. Some 30 years ago, I had a 20 gallon Speed Aire that worked great, but alas, I became concerned about the age of the tank, and the rod knock in the pump, and that time when I changed the valves and torqued the head in foot lbs instead of inch pounds. Oops.

    Thanks in advance for any and all recommendations for quiet compressors.

    #674992

    kurt@welkerhomes.com
    Pro
    Owatonna, MN - Minnesota

    I would look into Makita or California Air Tools. The California Air Tools are some of the quietest on the market. The biggest issue I see with them is they slow down the CFM to keep the noise down, so you end up going with a little larger compressor to get the CM, but they are very quiet.

    #675005

    I was hoping this was someone informing us instead of asking the question…lol. I will be watching for the answers though.

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    #675009

    jponto07
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    Bloomington, IN

    I would look into Makita or California Air Tools. The California Air Tools are some of the quietest on the market. The biggest issue I see with them is they slow down the CFM to keep the noise down, so you end up going with a little larger compressor to get the CM, but they are very quiet.

    I would second the Makita suggestion. I have the Mac2400 (4.2 CFM @90psi), and it is very quiet…not the Quietest, but certainly quiet enough to carry on a conversation with it in the room without being annoyed or having to raise your voice and shout. The bigger Mac5200 puts out even more air(6.5CFM @90psi) but is a bit louder in the process.

    The universal drawback to Makita compressors is that they are heavier than the competition. I attribute that to having a cast iron cylinder and being built pretty darn well. Mine gets used quite a bit and has kept up without issue for probably 4-5 years now.

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    #675010

    roninohio
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    New Franklin, OH

    I have went with California Air. Super quiet and have been very dependable. I have the 10 gal in my shop. I believe 5 gal at work and the small one in the truck.
    You can watch the video here and see how quiet they are.
    https://www.aircompressorsdirect.com/California-Air-Tools-CAT-4610AC-Air-Compressor/p70263.html
    I think you can get them cheaper though. I got my 10 gal at Menards on sale .

    #675049

    Doobie
    Pro

    You should take a look at Rolair. I don’t know which model for the specs you mentioned is for you, but they are sure to have what you want. They make good compressors.

    https://www.rolair.com/products

    #675052

    monman1
    Pro

    I have to say the Makita Mac2400 is a nice quiet oiled ompressor, but if dont care if its oil lubed or not then i have say one these. Best thing about them is they only draw 8 amps of power!

    https://www.aircompressorsdirect.com/Eagle-EA-5000-Air-Compressor/p70903.html

    https://www.aircompressorsdirect.com/Eagle-EA-6000-Air-Compressor/p70904.html

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    #675059

    jponto07
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    Bloomington, IN

    You should take a look at Rolair. I don’t know which model for the specs you mentioned is for you, but they are sure to have what you want. They make good compressors.

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    https://www.rolair.com/products

    Rolair definitely makes a great compressor. I love my little JC10plus, but it’s probably too small for what you’re looking for. Doobie is right, they make a bunch of units (All American except for the 2-3 smallest units).

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    #675070

    Thanks for this thread. I am in the market for a new compressor too and quiet is key for me too. I that the the Rolair was one of the quietest on the market and have been looking at the JC10. Will need to check some of these other links too.

    Orange County, CA

    #675071

    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    We are using a caiforina air and it’s very quite.

    Dirty

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    #675111

    Boschmanbrian
    Pro
    Montreal , QC, Canada

    I have used the Makita MAC700 2.6 gallon, surprisingly quiet also oil

    Believe it or not, I have had great use from a king Canada 4 gallon twin stacked oil compressor also, not as quiet as the Makita, but still very decent

    Bought a husky a few years ago, 8 gallon oiled, definitely going to be selling it, extremely noisy

    Judging from the pros here,
    I say go for the Rolair or the California Air

    Good luck with your choice,

    #675150

    Doobie
    Pro

    I think as a general rule, most compressors sold in BB stores are not the best sound wise and durability wise.

    #675162

    madman_us
    Pro
    Palm Springs, CA

    You should take a look at Rolair. I don’t know which model for the specs you mentioned is for you, but they are sure to have what you want. They make good compressors.

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    https://www.rolair.com/products

    agreed to it. they are very very quiet.
    I have a ingersoll rand and it’s quiet as well. very happy with it

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    #675189

    CB
    Pro

    I have to say the Makita Mac2400 is a nice quiet oiled ompressor, but if dont care if its oil lubed or not then i have say one these. Best thing about them is they only draw 8 amps of power!

    https://www.aircompressorsdirect.com/Eagle-EA-5000-Air-Compressor/p70903.html

    https://www.aircompressorsdirect.com/Eagle-EA-6000-Air-Compressor/p70904.html

    8 amps? Is it possible that is a misprint? I am questioning because the 20 gallon version of this Eagle compressor with the same 6 cfm pump rating, and the same 2.5 peak HP rating, the amp draw spec says 14 amps.

    #675193

    jkirk
    Moderator
    halifax, nova scotia

    depends on what you classify as quiet… i have the jc 10 and its very quiet however its low volume and slow to fill up.. my other compressor is a hitachi 6 gallon twin tank but its much louder… my previous employer had a rol air “bull” twin tank 6 gallon which is almost identical to my hitachi then also had 2 wheelbarrow style units which were loud… curretnly at work i use a mak 2500 which is oiled but no where near as quiet as the jc 10

    you might have to build a sound insulated box to cut down on the noise

    heres a tip, dont fart in a space suit

    #675213

    monman1
    Pro

    I have to say the Makita Mac2400 is a nice quiet oiled ompressor, but if dont care if its oil lubed or not then i have say one these. Best thing about them is they only draw 8 amps of power!

    https://www.aircompressorsdirect.com/Eagle-EA-5000-Air-Compressor/p70903.html

    https://www.aircompressorsdirect.com/Eagle-EA-6000-Air-Compressor/p70904.html

    8 amps? Is it possible that is a misprint? I am questioning because the 20 gallon version of this Eagle compressor with the same 6 cfm pump rating, and the same 2.5 peak HP rating, the amp draw spec says 14 amps.

    I dont think its a misprint, i can only fine them listed with 8 amp moters. The two smaller ones have small tanks so they dont run that long, the big one has run a vary long time to pump up the big tank.

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    #675260

    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    We are using a caiforina air and it’s very quite.

    I think California Air’s are well built and very quiet. They do cost a bit more but if noise is a priority you can’t beat them.

    Automotive Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    #675437

    CB
    Pro

    Best thing about them is they only draw 8 amps of power!

    https://www.aircompressorsdirect.com/Eagle-EA-5000-Air-Compressor/p70903.html

    https://www.aircompressorsdirect.com/Eagle-EA-6000-Air-Compressor/p70904.html

    8 amps? Is it possible that is a misprint? I am questioning because the 20 gallon version of this Eagle compressor with the same 6 cfm pump rating, and the same 2.5 peak HP rating, the amp draw spec says 14 amps.

    I dont think its a misprint, i can only fine them listed with 8 amp moters.

    Eagle Silent Series

    EA-6500 14amp 53dBA 6cfm 125psi 50%dc 20gal 2.5hp
    EA-6000 08amp 53dBa 6cfm 125psi 50%dc 06gal 2.5hp

    Here are two Eagle Silent Series compressor, with the exact same cfm rating, the exact same psi rating, the exact same duty cycle, the exact same decibel level, the exact same horsepower… The only difference is tank size.

    How does a smaller tank cause a difference between 8 amps versus 14 amps?

    On all the compressors I have ever had, the current that the motors drew did not care if the tank was almost empty, completely empty, partially full, or entirely full. When the motor kicked on, the electrical current would flow, and overloaded circuits would trip… tank size be damned. That’s why I was thinking there must be a misprint here? Either the 8 amp rating or the 14 amp rating might be in error?

    Other than in the Top Secret inventory of a military super power, has man yet invented an affordable machine that can generate 6 cfm @ 90 psi with a rating of 2.5 hp on only 8 amps of power at 115 volts? I have not found any other compressor that boasts of this efficiency. If the 8 amp claim of Eagle is true, then the EA-6000 would certainly rise to the top of the list.

    But then that begs the obvious question, why couldn’t Eagle make the EA-6500, which has all the same specs but for the tank size, just as efficient?

    #675491

    monman1
    Pro

    Best thing about them is they only draw 8 amps of power!

    https://www.aircompressorsdirect.com/Eagle-EA-5000-Air-Compressor/p70903.html

    https://www.aircompressorsdirect.com/Eagle-EA-6000-Air-Compressor/p70904.html

    8 amps? Is it possible that is a misprint? I am questioning because the 20 gallon version of this Eagle compressor with the same 6 cfm pump rating, and the same 2.5 peak HP rating, the amp draw spec says 14 amps.

    I dont think its a misprint, i can only fine them listed with 8 amp moters.

    Eagle Silent Series

    EA-6500 14amp 53dBA 6cfm 125psi 50%dc 20gal 2.5hp
    EA-6000 08amp 53dBa 6cfm 125psi 50%dc 06gal 2.5hp

    Here are two Eagle Silent Series compressor, with the exact same cfm rating, the exact same psi rating, the exact same duty cycle, the exact same decibel level, the exact same horsepower… The only difference is tank size.

    How does a smaller tank cause a difference between 8 amps versus 14 amps?

    On all the compressors I have ever had, the current that the motors drew did not care if the tank was almost empty, completely empty, partially full, or entirely full. When the motor kicked on, the electrical current would flow, and overloaded circuits would trip… tank size be damned. That’s why I was thinking there must be a misprint here? Either the 8 amp rating or the 14 amp rating might be in error?

    Other than in the Top Secret inventory of a military super power, has man yet invented an affordable machine that can generate 6 cfm @ 90 psi with a rating of 2.5 hp on only 8 amps of power at 115 volts? I have not found any other compressor that boasts of this efficiency. If the 8 amp claim of Eagle is true, then the EA-6000 would certainly rise to the top of the list.

    But then that begs the obvious question, why couldn’t Eagle make the EA-6500, which has all the same specs but for the tank size, just as efficient?

    The 8 amp moter will over heat trying to pump up a 20 gallon tank, so needs a bigger moter, but is fine for 6 gallon tank. Or maybe you are right the amp ratings are off.

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    #675493

    Doobie
    Pro

    We are using a caiforina air and it’s very quite.

    I think California Air’s are well built and very quiet. They do cost a bit more but if noise is a priority you can’t beat them.

    I keep hearing about them, but have never seen them anywhere for sale here in Canada. Mind you, I haven’t looked for them either.

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