I bought this in 2012 to do sandblasting and painting.
This picture was taken after I helped the ConWay trucker wrestle the pallet jack through ice and snow and into the shop. IIRC, the delivery was rated at about 450 pounds, so in this picture I think I was sagging from relief of having it finally in place!
It’s a Quincy QT-54, rated at 15.7 CFM at 100 PSI, with a 60 gallon tank.
I could have bought an air compressor with similar specs from a big-box hardware store for half the Quincy’s price. However, those are made in China and the quality is just not there. I want to buy this just once.
I also like that this air compressor is made in the USA, and it put people to work. I knew my order would be delayed, because it was literally made to fill my order. Here’s the tag showing it was made 8 days before it was delivered.
To date, I have not bolted the air compressor into the floor, as I settle into the garage and figure out where things should be. Instead I made a pad for it (good enough until “the big one” hits, I suppose). I used a hydraulic hose to give some flex between the compressor and the hard lines.
The hard lines are 3⁄4” copper (type L) with several drains, and a Milton air filter and regulator. After the regulator, the copper steps down to 1⁄2”. The vertical line headed up is currently capped off, but is there if I someday want to install a loop with drops elsewhere in the shop. On the down leg, there are 1⁄4”, 3⁄8”, and 1⁄2” couplers just to give myself flexibility. But in reality, 1⁄4” is the common size for undemanding tools. 3⁄8” is great for more air-hungry tools (in fact, once I upgraded the coupler on my impact from 1⁄4” to 3⁄8”, it was far more aggressive). Thus far, I haven’t found a use for the 1⁄2” line, but I have no doubt the Quincy could handle it!