When I started as a sub,,I used electric compressors.Each night after I finished a job I fretted,,,It was a nasty repetition every other day.The fear of having to rely on a external electric outlet.
Not only was the customer being charged for my services but I added to the electric bill too.Some homeowners/contractors might think its no big deal but if someone is on a very strict budget and they basically scrimped to save for a new roof then here I am adding to their troubles.
I have 5 compressors,I am envious of Ed because I have heard alot of good things about emglo but have never purchased one.
1.Quincy 2 stage gas,,,runs up to 10 guns consistently,,,very pricey but well worth it for massive jobs exceeding 100 square.
2.Rol-air single stage gas,,,,great compressor IMO,,still a little pricey.
3.Dewalt 5 hp gas,,,great compressor IMO around $600-$700,,,not distributed anymore but the Honda is a workhorse.Single stage.
4.Cam bell/Haus,,,Big Tank,,sorta heavy,,I use it on re decks because of the size of the tank, major air without kicking on that much.,,but electric.
5.Dewalt single tank,,portable comes with 2 guns great for interior work and my small repairs.Also electric.
If you have a crew of 2-4 nailer's I recommend a double tank gas.Some people use generators to power the electric compressors which is cool,,I have one too,,but if you are not installing wood then a gas is much better of an investment IMO,,,I would worry if I had New Construction too with having an electric compressor.But now a generator and gas compressors have made my life much easier.Plus New Constructions are far and few between.
Some may think that electrics are the way to go but when I was using them I would burn them up 2 weeks after purchase.I went to EVERY Lowe's or Home Depot within 60 miles,,,repeatedly exchanging them.They hated me.
IMO using someones electricity to run a compressor for a day or two consistantly is rude.Like I said some people have a hard time making ends meet.But that is my opinion.,,,
I would recommend looking for a double tank gas.,,Emglo,Dewalt or a Rol-air,IMO..
If buying new really study the warranty.Go for the one with the longest in store warranty.,happy hunting.