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Old 10-15-2010, 08:56 AM   #1
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Default Sanborn air compressor

There is an auction near me in a couple of weeks with a 5hp sanborn compressor. That is all the info on the listing. I went to the auction web site and it looks to be a 60gal. upright. I'm guessing 2-stage but can't confirm. I don't "need" a compressor but was looking for thoughts on this. Any one have a Sanborn?
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Old 10-15-2010, 09:19 AM   #2
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I've had my Sanborn Black Max 80 gallon two stage for...wow....I guess 15 years or longer. I bought it at Sam's Club and I wanted to make sure it would run the blast cabinet I was planning to get.
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Old 10-16-2010, 09:01 AM   #3
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I had a Sanborn 5 HP 60 gallon years ago. The 5 HP rating is a lie (at least on the one I had) though as it only draws 18 amps or so. More like 3.5 HP.
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Old 10-16-2010, 09:14 AM   #4
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I've had a Sanborn single stage, two-cylinder for about 25 years now (FAWK! I'm getting old.) It's done a bunch of sandblasting and painted a car or two in that time. Runs all my air tools. All home-use, not pro.

I paid $499 all those years ago. It was a good price at the time as 60 gal units were still scarce in the homeowner type stores.

Coleman Powermate bought Sanborn some years ago.

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Old 10-16-2010, 09:46 AM   #5
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My first compressor was a Sanborn, and it's still working for my friend, going on 25 years. But that was back when they were made in America, so I don't know now.
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Old 10-16-2010, 11:33 AM   #6
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I won't be able to look at this until the day before the auction. So I won't know for sure if it is 2 stage. It is 240 volt. That and the 5hp is all the listing says.
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Old 10-16-2010, 01:42 PM   #7
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Pics of my Sanborn.

1) The unit, without belt guard. The guard was noisy. Finaly removed it last year.

2) Model/SN tag

3) Electric motor tag

4) Tank tag. Year says "90", so I guess I've only had it 20 years, not 25.

5) Duty cycle tag

6) Fresh, homemade peach pie. Mmmmm.
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Old 10-16-2010, 07:39 PM   #8
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I've got a very used Sanborn, 5 HP, 2 stage, which I bought on craigslist for $100. All the accessories were broken or missing, obviously someone just beat it up for some reason, so I put on new: tank drain valve, tank pressure gauge, regulator/watertrap assembly, start switch with pressure relief, 2 motor capacitors, and I cleaned the centrifugal switch, and also disassembled and cleaned the check valve.

Even with all that work I've got less than $250 in it, and it seems to be a great compressor. Puts out a lot of air. The pump, motor, and tank are what I really bought, and those pieces are really heavy duty and durable. All the other bits are easily replaceable. Mostly I put on generic pieces that would fit any compressor, plumbed and wired it all up. Works great.
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Old 10-16-2010, 08:01 PM   #9
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hahaha @ peach pie. NICE.
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Old 10-17-2010, 08:04 AM   #10
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I got good use from my Sanborn before upgrading to a Quincy 5 HD. Biggest issue was I thought I was getting a real 5 hp model but as you can see 15 amps rating can not deliver 5 hp on a continuous basis. Just go in with eyes open. The 60 gallon tank helps to offset the CFM rating. It will work great for air tools and other low/moderate CFM consumers.
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:34 PM   #11
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I have an old sanborn air compressor that was my dads. Its been kept inside a shed for years. He unplugged it because he said that it was running hot--but it seems to be a commercial size compressor--

given that it will need some repair and may be a b to move--can anyone give me an idea of what its worth?
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:42 AM   #12
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A2stage compressor will have one large piston nd one small piston. They are usually connected by a finned tube. A single stage compressor has one or more pistons of the same size.
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:20 AM   #13
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I have an old sanborn air compressor that was my dads. Its been kept inside a shed for years. He unplugged it because he said that it was running hot--but it seems to be a commercial size compressor--

given that it will need some repair and may be a b to move--can anyone give me an idea of what its worth?

Thats an original Sanborn unit. The pump is a model 130. Single Stage.
New it was $499. Great shape used ... $275. Yes sanborn was bought by coleman powermate who is now out of business. Parts are still available for the pump.

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Old 07-19-2013, 08:03 AM   #14
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I bought a new Sanborn in the late 70's or early 80's. 5hp single stage, and it's painted many cars, ran many air tools and also runs my sand blast cabinet. I'm still using it today. Just a home shop.
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:20 AM   #15
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Got my 80 gal. two stage Sanborn Blackmax from work, cost, free. It is an older late 80's early '90's model with a true 5hp motor.
Saved form a fellow maintenance man who was going to cut the tank up for a smoker. I've had it for 10 years and works great.
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:16 PM   #16
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Thank you Bob C. that is helpful--i couldnt find anything online putting in the model number.
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