I've been looking at 60 gallon air compressors. Northern Tool brand offers a 60 gallon 3HP or a 5HP. My compressor use is low. I do some spray painting with it on tractor projects. The rest of the use is basically filling tires, some light to medium air tool use, blowing off dirt etc. & some nail gun use.
So my question is how important is the HP rating. I am assuming that for my described usage the 3HP could be ok. And I'm not sure about Northern Tools house brand-North Star quality-reliability. The price on these units is $599. & $899 respectively. That's a big difference in cost Vs. benefit? I was considering a Ingersoll Rand 60 gallon 5 Hp. which is about the same price as Northern's 5 hp. After HP it just comes down to what you want as far as air output goes. Anyone have any experience with the North Star compressors or the HP. issue. I'm assuming that the only thing the HP rating affects is how fast I can fill the 60 gallon tank. Is there any other concern over Hp. And like everything else these days, it's all Chinese noodles. So quality & reliability is always an issue. Thanks for your opinions.