Top 10 Best 60 Gallon Air Compressors (2021 Updated)

Air Compressors are one of the best pieces of equipment you can own. Whether your needs are residential or commercial, there are many options to consider before choosing which one is best.

In this review, we are going to look at ten different models of 60-gallon air compressors which will help you with your research before choosing.

Types of Air Compressors and How to Choose the Best One for You

An Air compressor is an instrument that transforms power into energy with the use of inert gases, electricity, and batteries.

It then stores this energy as a form of pressurized air into a holding tank. The compressor turns off when the tank is full, storing it until needed.

Which air compressor you choose will depend on what you are looking for.

  • Electric air compressors are generally used in small and large indoor job applications and are less noisy when compared to gas.
  • Gas air compressors are used outdoors, have more power, and are usually used for longer periods of use in industrial applications.

There are also options of oil-lubricated and oil-free air compressors. It can be confusing when you come across one stage, one phase, two-stage, two-phase, etc.

The phase of the machine correlates to the electrical, while the stage is referring to the compressor. (Simply meaning, the stage number is how many times the air is compressed before being released and utilized).

If the machine is two-stage, that would mean that the air inside the tank has been compressed twice, doubling the pressure.

A one-stage compressor’s efficiency will not be as great as that of a two or three-stage which allows for multiple users at a greater efficiency).

Gas vs Electric

Advantages of Gas Air Compressors

  • Longer life spans compared to electric
  • Usually mounted into the back of a vehicle, making it convenient to transport to multiple job sites
  • High efficiency

Disadvantages of Gas Air Compressors

  • Requires gas to operate, and can be expensive
  • Gas is combustible
  • Gas air compressors are very expensive compared to electric
  • Emit fumes
  • Noisier compared to electric

Advantages of Electric Air Compressors

  • Can function anywhere electricity is available
  • Less polluting
  • Can be operated indoors
  • Can be permanently mounted
  • Some units require heavy duty wiring

Disadvantages of Electric Air Compressors

  • Some units require heavy duty wiring
  • Expensive energy costs
  • The unit sometimes needs extra air hoses to reach

Oil Lubricated Vs Oil-free

Advantages of Oil Lubricated Air Compressors

  • Less noise compared to oil-free
  • Durable
  • Longer life spans
  • Known to deliver more power than oil-free

Disadvantages of Oil Lubricated Air Compressors

  • Synthetic oils are not environmentally friendly
  • Maintenance costs can be high
  • Oil needs to be disposed of

Advantages of Oil-free Air Compressors

  • Less maintenance
  • Lighter
  • Produce as much pressure as the oil-lubricated compressors

Disadvantages of Oil-Free Air Compressors

  • Shorter life span
  • Known to be noisier than the oil-free compressor
  • Known to be more cost-effective than oil-lubricated, but have more wear and tear because of friction of oil-free components

Top Picks 60 Gallon Air Compressor

Quincy QT-54 60 Gallon Air Compressor


The Quincy QT-54 is a 60 gallon, 5 HP, single-phase, two-stage air compressor, weighing four hundred and seventy-five pounds.

The pump on this compressor is crafted from cast iron with a lifespan of 30,000 hours, and the design of the flywheel circulates the air, keeping the compressor cool.

The compressed air is produced at a maximum rate of 175 psi, operating on a 230-volt outlet, making this unit ideal for all construction, agricultural and automotive type industries


Advantages

  • Space-saving with its vertical design
  • Easy to wire
  • Long life span
  • Low noise levels compared to other models
  • 3-year warranty with the purchase of a maintenance kit, which includes enough fluid to last for three years

Disadvantages

  • One-year warranty

Ingersoll Rand 2340L5-V 60 Gallon Air Compressor


The Ingersoll Rand 2340L5-V is a 60 gallon, 5 HP, three-phase air compressor weighing four hundred and thirty pounds.

The pump is crafted from cast iron with a lifespan of 15,000 hours.

The compressed air is produced at a maximum rate of 175 psi, operating on a 460-volt outlet, making it ideal for industrial use such as automotive and manufacturing shops.

Using an all-season lubricant lessens the time in between for maintenance.

Ingersoll Rand recommends the use of synthetic lubricants as they prolong the life of their products when compared to other lubricants.

This unit would be ideal for the construction, agricultural, and automotive type industries.


Advantages

  • Relatively quiet
  • Two-year warranty with the use of their oil
  • High-efficiency intercooler
  • Upright design for space-saving efficiency

Disadvantages

  • Does not come with anti-vibration pads

NorthStar Electric 60 Gallon Air Compressor


The NorthStar (model #75711) is a 60 gallon, 3.7 HP, single-phase air compressor weighing 228 pounds.

The pump is crafted from cast iron with a lifespan of 1,500 hours, has a glass oil level sightline for easy viewing, and an easily accessible plug for draining.

The compressed air is produced at a maximum rate of 135 psi, operating on a 230-volt outlet. This compressor is best suited for livestock and service truck operations.


Advantages

  • Upright design for space-saving efficiency
  • Heavy-duty motor

Disadvantages

  • Shorter lifespan compared to other models
  • 6-minute tank fill
  • Regulator not included

Ingersoll Rand SS5 5HP 60 Gallon Single Stage Air Compressor


The Ingersoll Rand SS5 is a 60 gallon, 5HP, single-stage air compressor weighing 310 pounds.

The pump is crafted from cast iron with a lifespan of 5,000 hours, and the industrial size strength of this compressor makes it perfect for heavy jobs or putting air in your tires.

The compressed air is produced at a rate of 135 psi and operates on a 230-volt outlet. With the use of synthetic lubricants, this device will operate four times longer than using other lubricants.


Advantages

  • Safe in enclosed areas
  • Quiet

Disadvantages

  • Does not come with a built-in regulator
  • The unit is recommended to be hard-wired and not plugged in, as stated
  • The drain valve is hard to access

DeWalt 60 Gallon Air Compressor


The DeWalt (model #DXCMV5076055) is a 60 gallon, 5 HP, two-stage air compressor weighing 400 pounds.

The Dewalt features a cast iron pump with a compressor producing a maximum of 175 psi and operates on a 230-volt outlet.

The strength and durability of this compressor provide enough strength to operate more than one tool at a time, making it the perfect option for any shop.

Advantages

  • Accessible Oil level sight
  • Low pump RPM
  • Pump and Piston design provides a cooler running machine
  • Quiet

Disadvantages

  • Does not include wiring instructions

Campbell Hausfeld 60-Gallon Air Compressor


The Campbell Hausfeld (model #XC602100) is a 60 gallon, two-stage, 3.7 HP air compressor operating on a 230-volt outlet, and weighs 255 pounds.

The pump is manufactured from cast iron and has a lifespan rating of 5000 hours and a maximum compressed air rate of 175 psi.

The upright position of the tank requires minimal space, making this device ideal for the automotive, painting, and construction industry.


Advantages

  • Oil-lubricated 2 stage pump
  • Quiet

Disadvantages

  • Power cord not included
  • Anchors not included

EMAX V4 60 Gallon Air Compressor


The EMAX V4 is a 60-gallon, two-stage,18 HP gas engine (honda engine) air compressor with an electric start and a maximum velocity of 175 psi.

The pump in this compressor is manufactured with cast iron, including the cylinder and heads, crankcase, and flywheel.

These compressors sit on stands, aiding in air distribution to help in the unit’s prevention of overheating. Longer work spans are made possible with cold-weather starting ability, the 5-gallon gas tank, and low oil shutdown.

Advantages

  • Long lifespan
  • Excellent fuel efficiency
  • Airstream technology provides a 50% longer pump life
  • Easy access oil drain
  • 5-year full warranty

Disadvantages

  • Expensive

Speedaire 60 Gallon Air Compressor


This Speedaire 60-gallon, one-phase air compressor has a 3 HP motor, a flow rate of 135 psi, and operates on a 240-volt outlet.

There are no worries of overheating as it has an open drip-proof motor enabling the efficiency and durability of the compressor.

Its upright position makes it easy for placement and is ideal for any shop.


Advantages

  • Open drip-proof motor (ODP)

Disadvantages

  • Pressure Gauge not included
  • Pressure Safety Valve not included
  • Does not come with anti-vibration pads

Industrial Air 60 Gallon Air Compressor


The Industrial Air (model # IL3106016) 60-gallon air compressor is a single-stage, splash lubricated; 3 HP induction motor manufactured with cast iron and aluminum fins for cooling, operating on 208v or a 240-volt outlet.

The compressed rate of airflow is a maximum of 130 psi and allows multiple tools to be used at once, making this compressor ideal for automotive and paint shops.


Advantages

  • Two-year warranty
  • Induction motor resulting in higher efficiency
  • Pressure gauge comes standard

Disadvantages

  • Hard to understand instructions

California Air Tools 60 Gallon Oilless Air Compressor


The California Air Tools (model #60040CAD) is a 60 gallon, single-phase air compressor and operates on a 220-volt outlet, with a maximum airflow rate of 125 psi. It has twin motors equalling 4 HP.

Operating at 75 decibels makes this one of the quietest compressors in production, and the fact that its oilless makes it ideal for operating in any weather condition.

Its projected life span of 3000 hours before wear is due to the efficiency of the motors operating at 1680 RPM. This compressor would be perfect for the dental industry, hospitals, and schools.


Advantages

  • Quiet with only 75 decibels
  • Cleaner air with an oil-free pump
  • Overload protector
  • Less maintenance

Disadvantages

  • Teflon on pistons wear
  • The compressor is noisy when purging air

Final Thoughts

Deciding on which air compressor is best will depend on what your needs are. If you travel to multiple job sites and the cost isn’t an issue, then the E V4 gas air compressor is definitely an option with its powerful 18 HP motor and adaptability to perform in any weather condition, and it has a 5-year warranty.

If you own a dental clinic or work in the food industry and you’re looking for an air compressor, then you will need an oil-free unit. The California Air Tools, 4 HP, 60-gallon oilless compressor, is a brilliant choice.

For all other applications, I would definitely say the Quincy QT-54 is a clear winner in this review. It has a powerful 5 HP motor allowing multiple tools and users to use the efficiency of this machine with its 2 stage compressor.

It has one of the largest pump lifespans compared to other models of 30,000 hours before showing wear. The warranty is extended from one year to three years on the pump with the purchase of a warranty kit, which includes enough fluid and a filter to last for three years.

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