Air Compressor Review: Ingersoll Rand SS5L5 5hp Single-Stage Air Compressor


Ingersoll Rand has been around for over 100 years, so when you’re buying one of their products, you’re purchasing something that’s guaranteed to be of great quality. With a global diversification of products that brings its worth close to 13 billion dollars, you can understand that when they develop a product, they are very good at it, and the SS5 is no exception to that rule.The first thing that catches your eye is it’s sturdy industrial quality design. It’s meant to be a tool at your disposal for many years to come. While it’s appearance can be intimidating for the regular do-it yourselfer, this air compressor is not only meant for professional repair shops. It can also be used by the weekend warrior who prides himself in doing his own handiwork around the house. The Ingersoll Rand SS5L5 gives you much more power than a regular portable air compressor, which is more commonly used. As a single stage air compressor, it compresses the air with just one stroke, and it does it while offering 90 psi and 18.1cfm. It also features a one hundred percent continuous duty cycle and an extended pump life.

Need to get some die grinding done? Need to simply check air pressure in your tires? How about clearing some dust off of your bench? It doesn’t matter, if you have the SS5L5 you can do it all. The beauty of it, this air compressor can help you get the job done in the least amount of time necessary.

Many air compressors have the dubious distinction of being extremely noisy. While that may not be as big of a problem in an auto repair shop, it can be annoying if you’re working around the house. In air compressor reviews that I have done in the past, this has always been a sticking point. Not this time.

The electric motor is built with power in mind, but just because it works on 5 horse power, doesn’t mean it has to wake up the entire neighborhood. You can plug the air compressor to a standard 230 volt outlet and it runs on 30 amps. Electric is also a safe alternative for any area where a gas air compressor can be a hazard.

The five horsepower single phase motor also comes equipped with thermal overload protection. It’s manual reset feature allows for much longer life.

Whether you own a shop, have a hobby, or simply just like to work on different things around the house, the IR SS5L5 is definitely a model of choice. It’s versatility and ease of use allows for the most difficult tasks to be undertaken in the quickest amount of time. For this air compressor review, I give the Ingersoll Rand SS5L5 four out of five stars. In case you’re wondering, it also comes with a one year warranty.

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