There will be as many opinions as there are compressors. You need to know what your needs will be in SCFM in order to size your compressor correctly. Be aware that nameplate ratings are on the low side. Just the way it is. You need to decide on single vs. two-stage, 120V vs. 240V, etc. It all depends on the volume you'll need.
I have a 14-year old Campbell-Hausfeld 5 HP 240V compressor that has been great. No matter the brand, I'd get an oil lubricated piston pump. I've always liked Ingersol-Rand beacuse of thier reputation in industrial applications, but i've never owned a "homeowner" type I-R.
Hope that sheds some light.
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MM 210 w/3035, BWE
HH 210 w/DP 3035
Victor O/A "J" series, SuperRange
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