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I understand the case for a Yong Heng or similar…I just have zero interest in becoming an expert in researching "work arounds", "tweaks", and repair techniques for one.  And, from what I've seen, that is pretty much what you're signing up to do when you decide to purchase one.  For some folks, they don't mind and will happily plug along with a $200-$250 compressor for as long as the ride lasts…then either fix or re-purchase.  Me?  Not interested.

I want a compressor that will:

A) Be as safe as possible…while dealing with 4500 PSI and a mechanical device (which includes me NOT "fixing" or "tweaking" it)

B) Be reliable.  I want it to work when I need it to work…otherwise what good is it?  Again, understanding that it is a human-made mechanical device.

C) Be portable and flexible.  I don't want 220V, I don't want to mess with buckets and hoses.  Portable meaning I can load it in my pickup to go on prairie dog hunting trips.

D) Have support available.  Seems that Omega and Daystate (Coltri) both have this.

I understand this is going to require me to plop down well over $1000…I just want to do so only one time.


My thought exactly,  +1 for you.  The penalty of the $200 class of 4500 psi compressors is  a lack of durability, reliability, omission of essential features, operating inconvenience, poor to no longevity, and weak to no resale value.  Using the "only buy a cheap compressor" logic applied  to everything means unless you drive a Yugo, live in a cabin, and eat Ramen noodles you're wasting your money.   

You get what you pay for applies to everything in life.  It's personal choice as to what represents value.  I'd rather own one less $2K PCP than give up the convenience of a high quality reliable compressor that will work for years and have a good resale value in years to come.