Need quiet used 185 CFM diesel compressor for museum
by Darrell Burke
(Nova Scotia, Canada)
I run a museum in Nova Scotia, Canada. The museum is a wood working mill that ran on steam ... we recently conducted a test using a rented Mobilair M50 185 CFM compressor. We patched it in to the steam engine and were very pleasantly surprised at how well it worked. It ran the engine which also ran the sawmill. By the way the purpose isn't to cut anything ... just to demo to visitors. We would run maybe 2 hours per day max for 4 months per year. The compressor we rented was pretty quiet, but a new one is out of our budget. We got a few quotes on used 185 cfm compressors that ranged from $5000 for a 2001 to 10,000 for a 2010.
My question is what brands of used would you recommend for quiet running, reliability? And how old an compressor could we buy that had the insulation and overall characteristics that make it quieter than the old, very loud ones?
PS. I know that year doesn't necessarily = hours of use, but I'm guessing you would know what a person could expect in general about X years usually equals about X hours.
Thanks in advance