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Forum topic by EWJSMITH posted 01-22-2013 11:55 PM 2714 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-22-2013 11:55 PM

Hi All,

I’m going to be in the market for a new compressor soon and I”m looking for suggestions for a quiet compressor (if such a beast exists!). My little cheapy compressor has served me well for the past 8 years but it’s really loud and it no longer cuts out when its filled up. What’s a good name to look for? I don’t need anything big – the one I Have now is a 3 gallon so something comparable that doesn’t sound like a P-51 mustang running in the basement shop would be perfect.

Looking forward to some suggestions/input.

Thanks everyone.

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#1 posted 01-22-2013 11:57 PM

Build a cabinet/shed outside of your regular shop and insulate it from noise. Then pipe the air in.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#2 posted 01-22-2013 11:59 PM

There is a small Makita unit (MAC something model number, I’m mobile right now, sorry) that is touted as one of the quietest compressors available. It’s about $250 last I checked so not cheap but if you’re after quiet and portable and small this may be it. A quick look on amazon I’m sure will yield the results I’m talking about.

-- Matt, Arizona

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#3 posted 01-23-2013 12:08 AM

I have the Makita MAC2400 and it is the quietest compressor out there. It’s an oiled compressor. The oil-less ones are so noisy I had to put mine outside the garage when I wanted to use it. I can run the Makita next to my work bench and cary on a conversation with out the discomfort of noise. I bought mine through Home Depot and I got the veterans discount and tax free since I had it delivered to the store across the river.
Unless your trying to run a spray gun constantly this is a great unit. I can run 2 nail guns with it and it works great.

-- Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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#4 posted 01-23-2013 12:14 AM

I run a 33gal compressor and it rarely runs because of its capacity. Something to consider…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#5 posted 01-23-2013 12:19 AM

Thx guys. Mike if I had somewhere I could properly put my compressor outside my shop I would gladly go that route. then I would get a larger compressor. Unfortunately, I can’t really do that. Not until I get a proper shop built in the backyard.

I just checked the MAC2400 and I see it’s rated 79db. has a California Air Tools compressor (1hp 3 gal) rated 60 dB! Maybe I’ll do a bit of research on that one as well. Never heard of them before but I’m sure Google can help out :-)

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#6 posted 01-23-2013 12:27 AM

Not true that oilless are loud I own a thomas and it is whisper quiet it will run a framing gun although you won’t be firing a dozen nails without it cycling. Works great for finish work . Light weight and starts in the cold without kicking the breaker like the oil filled ones.

-- nelson woodcrafters

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#7 posted 01-23-2013 01:12 AM

The makita compressors are about as quiet as you’ll find. Their motors run at half the speed of most compressors, but have large pistons/bores to compensate. I almost bought a makita, but decided to go with a Senco instead.
FWIW, I upgraded to the (oil-lube) Senco from an oil less, 3 gal pancake compressor. The Senco is noticeably less noisy, and at 4.3 gal it doesn’t have to recharge as often. The more powerful motor also fills and recharges faster too.
Bottom line is that most any oil-lube model will be quieter than an oil less unit.

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#8 posted 01-23-2013 02:39 AM

Here is another option. Rolairs generally get good reviews and this one is also listed as 60 dB.

-- Art

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#9 posted 01-23-2013 02:56 AM

I have a Rolair JC10. Extremely quiet, worth every penny.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#10 posted 01-23-2013 03:01 AM

The DeWalt 55146 is supposed to be good and quiet,(78 dba).
4.5 gallon 200 psi max,5.2 cfm @ 90psi,1.6 HP, portable.
Available at HD for around 350 dollars.

They also have a 1.1 Hp. Model w/4 gallon tank. Probably quieter than the 55146

Not as quiet as the Rolaire. This Dewalt has been
on the market since at least 2008 , so there are quieter compressors.
Depends on your needs I suppose.

Dewalt Air Compressor

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#11 posted 01-23-2013 03:23 AM

I haven’t tried one but if I was looking for a new portable
compressor I would seriously look at the Rolair line.

If your compressor isn’t cutting out, it must either blow
the safety valve or you have a compressor leak
or you have an air line leak. The air has to go somewhere.

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#12 posted 01-23-2013 03:28 AM

If you are looking for something around the size of your current unit that is quiet this is your best bet. They do have some larger sizes also.


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#13 posted 01-23-2013 05:31 AM

I have a rolair jc10; you can carry a conversation right next to it.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#14 posted 01-23-2013 06:09 AM

Just make sure you don’t forget about the other specs that matter.
I’m sure there is a trade-off somewhere between being
quiet and yet robust enough to tackle the jobs you want
to use it for.

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#15 posted 01-23-2013 07:24 AM

Another vote for the Makita MAC2400. By far the quietest compressor I’ve ever owned.

-- John, BC, Canada

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