If you're buying new get the biggest and most certainly a popular brand - Devilbis is a good one, even the Sears is better than a Harbour Freight, a Campbell/Husvarna (SP) is also good. What you want is a compressor that is powerful enough so that it doesn't run continuously when painting - in other words the compressor has to have the ability to surpass the required output of the paint gun you are using.
I use a DeVilbis 10HP 30Gal tanked compressor which is direct feed from the motor - no pulleys and is also classified as oil less which means you don't have to keep checking the oil and adding as required. This compressor was about $450.00 at the time but it has performed flawlessly for 8 years running all sizes of paint guns, impact guns, filling tires, operating nail guns and more so in the long run it has more than paid for itself.
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