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What is the best compressor out there for under $6K?

Sat Feb 27, 2016 5:14 am

Hey Folks,

Thinking about making the plunge on home compressors. Anyone have an Air Tex? Curious about that and the Coltris. Any suggestions as to the best compressor for under 6 k.

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Re: What is the best compressor out there for under $6K?

Sat Feb 27, 2016 9:37 am

Alkin Airetex W31 has been 10' tall and bullet proof over the last 5 years for me. Oil, filter cartridges, vent tube lines and some elbow grease is all it has cost me in upkeep. I keep a meticulous run log and have my air tester 4 times per year. Mine maintains an 8 bottle bank at 3500psi.
For two years I routinely used it for continuous blend NITROX fills when I was doing public air fills.
Owner of the company is a great guy and will answer any questions you might have. I understand from talking to them at DEMA the new W31 is supposed to be even tougher than mine.
I would not hesitate to buy another one if I live long enough to wear this one out.

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Re: What is the best compressor out there for under $6K?

Sat Feb 27, 2016 10:02 am

Thanks Bryan, that is a real recommendation coming from you. I'll check it out.
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Re: What is the best compressor out there for under $6K?

Sat Feb 27, 2016 10:41 am

For what it's worth, Bauer is considered the Mercedes Benz of compressors if money is no object. That said I recommended the Alkin w31 to Bryan.
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Re: What is the best compressor out there for under $6K?

Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:03 pm

I agree that Bauer is the "Gold Standard" when it comes to compressors. We have a 25 year old Bauer here in Tabuk. It is build like a tank and is easy to maintain. Cost for Bauers are high compared to other compressors but as the Captain stated, they are the Mercedes of compressors. Even a used Bauer carries more gravitas than some new compressors. Right now I am just shopping and will go to purchase in about 4 months. If anyone else has a suggestion or compressor preference, please feel free to inform me and others here.

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Re: What is the best compressor out there for under $6K?

Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:39 pm

I vote for Bauer. I still have a 3 cfm Utilus, (virtually same as the modern Junior II) that I acquired in 1992, when it was already 3 years old. Began life gasoline powered and we took it all over Florida and Texas; now equipped with electric motor for filling cylinders in my garage. The gas powered Rix now travels when needed.

BTW a brand new Bauer Junior II with 230v electric motor goes for about $3895 locally. Parts readily available nearby from one of the top Bauer distributors in the country.

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