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Best Commercial Air Compressors

These are our picks for the best commercial air compressors available at AirCompressorsDirect.com. These picks are made by our in-house air compressor expert, Steve Robbins.

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Quincy 5-HP 80-Gallon Two-Stage Air Compressor (230V 1-Phase). This USA-built unit is truly a heavy duty industrial compressor. It isn't just dead weight, either - it includes an extra capacity oil reserve and a high efficiency aftercooler for drier air and less condensation. The unit has a 1725rpm industrial motor to continuously run your business.

Quincy 251CP80VCB 5-HP 80-Gallon Two-Stage QT Pro Air Compressor

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Ingersoll Rand 5-HP 80-Gallon Two-Stage Air Compressor (230V 1-Phase). Built in the USA with OSHA compliant, high efficiency components, this unit is a lot of bang for the buck. Ingersoll Rand has earned it's excellent reputation over the decades. It has 1 year factory warranty, and each unit is completely tested before it leaves the factory.

BelAire 5-HP 80-Gallon Two-Stage Air Compressor (208-230V 1-Phase). This unit makes our list because it puts a lot of air compressor in a small space. The compact design is great for areas where space is at a premium. A solid cast iron pump paired with a 2 year factory warranty makes this an air compressor you can depend on at an affordable price.

Quincy 5-HP 60-Gallon Two-Stage Air Compressor (230V 1-Phase). 50,000 hour- or more- pump life rating. You will spend more money up front, but in the long run (some Quincy air compressors are still running after 25 years!) it will be money well spent.

Ingersoll Rand 5-HP 60-Gallon Two-Stage Air Compressor (230V 1-Phase). What you get for the money is a durable, reliable air compressor with high efficiency valves, air filters, and intercooler; along with OSHA compliant housing on the flywheel, belt and motor sheave. An oversized belt wheel and bearings allow for continuous duty operation with less time off for wear and tear repairs.

BelAire 5-HP 60-Gallon Two-Stage Air Compressor (208-230V 1-Phase). Its compact design is great for places where space is limited, and it has a sturdy cast iron pump with a 2 year full factory warranty for reliability. For multiple users, or high demand tools like sanders and sprayers, this is a good, cost effective unit to make the step up from single stage air compressors.

Ingersoll Rand 15-HP 120-Gallon Two-Stage Air Compressor (230V 3-Phase) Fully Packaged. We're talking an aftercooler already mounted and piped, a low oil level shutdown switch, an electric drain valve, dual control for start/stop or constant speed, and a relief valve/discharge ball valve. If an air compressor runs cooler, it will last longer. Deep finned cylinders along with oversized bearings and belt wheel combine for reliable, durable performance.

Chicago Pneumatic 15-HP 120-Gallon Duplex Two-Stage Air Compressor (208/230V 1-Phase). This well thought-out unit has alternating controls, so both pumps will perform and wear equally. Each pump has it's own magnetic starter, so you won't wear out a starter prematurely. Cast iron components round out the heavy duty package, along with a 2 year factory warranty. Another reason we recommend this unit is because Chicago Pneumatic air compressors are built in the USA.

EMAX 15-HP 120-Gallon Two-Stage Air Compressor (230V 3-Phase). This unit by EMAX is a relatively new entry onto the air compressor scene, but its 5 year factory warranty shows it is serious about meeting your air compressor needs at a reasonable price. We like the dual control design, since it allows for automatic or continuous operation. It also has some features found on fully packaged units, like the automatic tank drain that runs on a 110V timer.

Quincy 15-HP 120-Gallon Two-Stage Air Compressor (460V 3-Phase). The Quincy 15-HP unit is the next step up from it's smaller better product 10-HP sibling. It's well known in the Air Compressor world that Quincy makes one of the top Air Compressors money can buy.

Quincy 10-HP 120-Gallon Two-Stage Air Compressor (230V 3-Phase). his unit is also American made, and features a pump rated for over 50,000 hours of continuous duty. That means it will out last most other pumps 20 to 1! Quincy uses Baldor electric motors for dependability. This combination of quality and durability gives their units an expected life span of 34 years of full-time use.

Ingersoll Rand 10-HP 120-Gallon Two-Stage Air Compressor (230V 3-Phase). This unit from Ingersoll Rand is one of our best selling because it is a lot of bang for the buck. It's built in the USA, and it has a 1 year factory warranty.

Ingersoll Rand 15-HP 80-Gallon Rotary Screw Total Air System (230V 3-Phase)(125PSI). This earned our Best slot because the Refrigerated Dryer is Energy Star Rated-so you can have cool, dry air for your tools and go easy on the environment at the same time. It's still only about as noisy as a vacuum cleaner, low maintenance, powerful- and check with your tax preparer for any Energy Star credits.

Ingersoll Rand 15-HP 80-Gallon Rotary Screw Air Compressor (230V 3-Phase 125PSI). This unit will meet a much higher demand than our Good pick due to the higher horsepower, making it perfect for multiple users that will be working nearby. Even at this power rating, it is still about as loud as a vacuum cleaner; and has a compact footprint so you can use your space efficiently. There is also a 150 PSI version of this air compressor, in case that better suits your needs.

Ingersoll Rand 5-HP 80-Gallon Rotary Screw Air Compressor (230V 3 Phase 125PSI). Rotary screw technology is amazing- quiet, compact, and low maintenance because there are no wearing parts- no pistons, rings, or rod collars. Ingersoll Rand units swept the 80-gallon tank category because of their reliability, cost effectiveness, and the wide variety of units to meet many workplace demands.

Chicago Pneumatic 5-HP 60-Gallon Rotary Screw Air Compressor (208/230/460V 3-Phase) w/ Dryer. Our Best pick is still quieter than a vacuum cleaner, and is the answer to situations where clean, dry compressed air is needed: paint booths, component assembly, etc. It's still using the low-maintenance Rotary Screw technology, and the dryer is mounted on top of the tank in one tidy, low footprint package that will be a solid investment for years to come.

Chicago Pneumatic 5-HP 60-Gallon Rotary Screw Air Compressor (230V 1-Phase). The Quiet Rotary Screw technology means that you can still work nearby. Even though it puts out twice the CFM of our Good pick, it is still in the 60-65 dBA range- still quieter than a vacuum cleaner!

Chicago Pneumatic 3-HP 60-Gallon Rotary Screw Air Compressor (230V 1-Phase). Rotary screw air compressors are efficient and quiet, so they are great for light industrial applications where you need 10+ CFM, but also need to have workers nearby. It's only about as loud as a normal conversation, or a good dishwasher. This technology has no wearing parts- none; so maintenance is simple and cheap. Even the hi-tech lubricant is rated for 4,000 hours before it needs to be changed.

Ingersoll Rand 30-HP 120-Gallon Rotary Screw Total Air System (460V 3-Phase)(150PSI). This unit got our best ranking because it's a whole lot of air compressor performance in a cost effective package. It's everything you could want in a powerful unit: low maintenance, smart controls, energy efficient; and the Ingersoll Rand reputation for quality and durability.

Ingersoll Rand 25-HP 120-Gallon Rotary Screw Total Air System (460V 3-Phase)(150PSI). This is a quiet and powerful system for industrial or commercial applications. It's a smart choice, too- more air for less horsepower, which reduces your yearly energy cost. Only about as loud as a vacuum cleaner, this 92 CFM unit will provide clear air so your tools last a long time as well as reliable performance and low maintenance- the hallmark of rotary screw compressors.

Ingersoll Rand 20-HP 120-Gallon Rotary Screw Air Compressor (230V 3-Phase 125PSI). This unit got our good ranking because it's a whole lot of air compressor performance in a cost effective package.