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    Hi,

    I have been looking for a compressor for my shop and today I discovered a Quincy at the local Northern Tool. This looks like a very nice compressor and was wondering if anyone had any comments or if there is something else I should also look at.

    http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...earch=35239001

    Thanks
    Robert

  • #2
    Quincy makes a good pump,but did you notice a couple of things?

    The one you have selected the pump turns at 1310 rpm,as a rule of thumb the lower the pump RPM the longer the life.Also the 5hp motor they have rated at 230vac 21amps.The amperage is light for a 1800 rpm motor,so I suspect it's running 3600.
    The next model up features a 932rpm pump speed and a 5hp,230vac 28amp motor running 1800 rpm.20 more gallons of tank and 17.2 [email protected] it's also $600 more,but it's a lot more pump.

    http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...0476_200350476

    IMHO The first one will probably work just fine for years depending on how much you use it.If you are needing to run 40hrs a week and use a lot of air,then I would go with the heavier low RPM unit.
    Last edited by wierdscience; 07-04-2009, 05:56 PM.
    I just need one more tool,just one!

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    • #3
      Weirdscience did not mention that the more expensive model is equipped with a magnenic motor starter and delivers 2cu/ft more air. JIM
      jim

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      • #4
        and the first one will be quite noisy. . compared to the slower one.

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        • #5
          When I bought my air compressor, I went to the tool store and lined up the candidates. I looked at h.p. c.f.m. and how loud they were. In the end the Quincy won out, even though it was less h.p. it still had higher c.f.m. and was considerably quieter than the other "name" brands that were there. It has been working flawlessly for over 10 years now.

          It did cost more, but in the long run it was worth the extra.

          s.r.
          "the ocean is the ultimate solution"

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          • #6
            I bought the same Quincy compressor, from Northern tool and just fired it up, this afternoon.
            I also installed a 30 amp DPST switch from Platt Electric ($22), so I can shut it off by my entry door.

            I don't think it's any noisier than my portable 2 HP Speedaire and a whole bunch quieter than my oilless portable.

            I was going to get a single stage but talked myself into spending (credit card) twice the price for a 2 stage.

            It will outlast me.

            I still have to finish the air lines.
            Last edited by ligito; 07-04-2009, 10:57 PM.

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            • #7
              That Quincy you are looking at is a REALLY good outfit that will last for many years with proper care. Quincy is one of the oldest names in the business and their units are well engineered, 21 AMPs is not bad for a 5 HP rated motor and did you notice that motor is an industrial rated Baldor? Also these things are made in the USA not just "assembled" in the USA from Chinese parts like some who claim to be made in America (Quincy has a joint venture in China to produce some rotary compressor parts for the Chinese and foreign markets but nothing else). I honestly believe that Quincy builds the very best compressor in this class, and larger units too, and they still have old-time American made quality that other companies have sacrificed by using import parts or entire units.

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              • #8
                Hi all,

                I bought a Quincy Compressor a few years ago. It was one of the "tire buster" style, 2 stage with a 8 hp Honda engine on it. The compressor was and is excellent, very high quality. The pump was manufactured in Italy.

                I don't think you will go wrong with Quincy.

                Tim

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by radkins
                  I honestly believe that Quincy builds the very best compressor in this class, and larger units too, and they still have old-time American made quality that other companies have sacrificed by using import parts or entire units.
                  That's my understanding as well: Quincy are high-end industrial grade compressors, in the same category as Champion.
                  "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."

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                  • #10
                    The horizontal Quincy that I bought a while back is much quieter than the one I had previously. I really like mine. It runs on 110V and is smaller than the one you are looking at. If you get it, let us know how it works.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mikem
                      The horizontal Quincy that I bought a while back is much quieter than the one I had previously. I really like mine. It runs on 110V and is smaller than the one you are looking at. If you get it, let us know how it works.


                      The concern that because the pump is running at more than 1000 RPM that it will probably be noisy and relatively short lived is usually a genuine concern with a lot of compressors but it should not be with the Quincy, or any other well engineered compressor. I have "first-hand" experience with the compressor being discussed here (also from Northern) and I can honestly say it is no more noisy than most compressors this size and actually quieter than most.

                      As far as pump life only time will tell of course but Quincy's track record is extraordinary. A simple inspection of the pump and the way the complete unit is assembled shows obvious quality differences between it and most compressors of this class. My old Quincy pump was built in 1970 and supplied an auto body shop for over 24 years before being replaced by a new Quincy, this pump (without being rebuilt) was then mounted on a new 30 gallon tank and powered by a gasoline engine and mounted on my service truck where it has performed flawlessly since.

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                      • #12
                        It sounds like the general consensus is that the Quincy is a high quality part.

                        Glad it is the path I chose.
                        "the ocean is the ultimate solution"

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by steverice
                          It sounds like the general consensus is that the Quincy is a high quality part.

                          Glad it is the path I chose.
                          Certainly,just some of us were pointing out that even Quincy has several different,call it-"service factor"compressors.

                          That first pump is lighter duty than the second one I linked too,but it will still be several times better quality than a comparable unit from the likes of Home Depot or Sears.
                          I just need one more tool,just one!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by wierdscience
                            Certainly,just some of us were pointing out that even Quincy has several different,call it-"service factor"compressors.

                            That first pump is lighter duty than the second one I linked too,but it will still be several times better quality than a comparable unit from the likes of Home Depot or Sears.
                            And I am sure that the service factors will all be related to price point.
                            "the ocean is the ultimate solution"

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                            • #15
                              Thanks for all the comments. I am going to stop back at Northern later this week and take a second look at compressors with the above in-mind.

                              At this time its hard to justify an additional 600 or 700 as the original model was a significate jump up from where I started shopping. I just have a home shop and do a few odd jobs at times so want something nice but not over the top. I like to buy quality but there are limits to what one can afford, as mentioned everything is to a price point. Thanks again as your input has been helpful.

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