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Ingersoll Rand Air Compressors and AccessoriesModel: SS5L5
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Application
Consumer Grade Air Compressors
Style
Single Stage 1-Phase
Voltage
230 Volt AC
1-Phase
HP
5
CFM
18.1
CFM Rated @ 90 PSI
Tank Size
60
Gallons
100% Cast-Iron Cylinders and Frame
Designed for the toughest 100% continuous duty applications

Manual Thermal Overload Protection
No magnetic starter needed and protects motor from damage

Oil Sight Gauge
Easily check compressors pump oil level

OSHA Compliant
Fully enclosed flywheel, belt and motor sheave

Fully Tested
All units are prewired and thoroughly tested prior to shipment

American Pride
Proudly built in the U.S.A.
Motor
Voltage
230 Volt AC
Phase
1-Phase
Magnetic Starter
No
Amp Draw
21.5
Engine
HP
5
Pump
CFM
18.1
CFM Rated @
90 PSI
Pump Material
Solid Cast Iron
Pump Type
Single-Stage
Max PSI
135 PSI
Oil Sight Glass
Yes
After Cooler
No
Pump Drive
Belt Drive
Oil Type
Oil Lubricated
Oil System
Splash Lubricated
Pump Low Oil Shut-off
No
Tank
Tank Size
60 Gallons
Tank Outlet
1/2 Inch
Electronic Drain Valve
No
Tank Orientation
Vertical
Overview
Certification
UL/CSA/ASME
Weight
310 Pounds
Product Length
20 Inches
Product Width
30 Inches
Product Height
71 Inches
Consumer Warranty
1 Year
Commercial Warranty
1 Year
UPC
678384031721
Model
SS5L5
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  2 Questions
Q: How many amps does the SS5L5 pull?
by Mike Work from Texas on October 11, 2016

A: 21.5 Amps on this model. I've loaded the Manual and the Spec Sheet as downloadable PDF files under the Specs tab for you.
by Steve, Product Expert
Q: Hi Steve, looking at the IR SS5L5 single stage and the Quincy 2V41C60VC two stage. Wanting to run a plasma cutter and a sand blaster and not sure which would be better. The IR produces more CFM but the Quincy has higher maximum PSI. Also want to run various air tools in my shop. What are the pros and cons for single vs two stage? Which would you suggest for my needs? Thanks
by Steve Wang from Oklahoma on December 30, 2014

A: An air tool requires air flow to work.

Think of a windmill. A slight breeze lacks the power to turn the blades. However, a hurricane-force wind can generate substantial power.

Some air tools consume more air than others. Nailers and staplers require a puff of air. Sandblasters and sanders need massive gusts.

So, you basically want to know how fast the air comes out of the compressor. The air flow is measured in Cubic Feet Per Minute (CFM). The greater the flow -- the greater the power.

You simply select an air compressor that exceeds the CFM of your most powerful air tool. If the flow isnt strong enough, the air tool simply wont perform properly.
We recommend sizing the compressor 1.25-1.5 times the CFM of your tool for continuous operation. If the compressor does not produce enough air volume, CFM, then the pressure will drop.
Reciprocating (Piston) compressors are not designed for continuous or 100% duty cycle. The compressor will cycle off & on if it is sized correctly.
A two stage compressor compresses the air twice resulting in a maximum air pressure of 175 psi. A single stage compressor will only achieve a max pressure of between 125-135 psi.
Air flow, CFM, is generally the most important spec when sizing a compressor.
by Steve, Product Expert
Ingersoll Rand SS5L5 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
3/5
Quality
3/5
Performance
3/5
Value
3/5
Overall
3.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 5
Pros
I'd Buy It Again (3)
Reliable (3)
Features (2)
Easy To Use (2)
Price (1)
Cons
Low Quality (2)
Durability (2)
Unreliable (1)
63% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Steve, the Air Compressor Expert
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Total Reviews
234 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
2850 Helpful Votes
Air Compressors Direct Recommended

Ingersoll Rand has been building reliable air compressors for 100 years- and this built in the USA unit is no exception.

A 100% duty cycle meets the needs of both professionals and dedicated do-it-yourselfers. The cast iron cylinders and frame are precision engineered to Ingersoll Rand's exacting standards so your investment works for you year after year.

This Better choice unit puts out 15.5 CFM at 90 PSI, so it will run a wide variety of pro-grade tools like air hammers and metal... more
Steve Recommends This Model
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8610
Allen
Total Helpful Votes
33 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
SEP.
03
2012
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Disappointed To Say The Least
For as long as I can remember Ingersoll Rand was the "good stuff". " You want high quality, you get Ingersoll Rand".

I ordered my SS5L5 3 years ago and paid a little extra for the start up kit that added a year to the 1 year warranty. It worked like a champ until the last couple weeks. Then the pump starts knocking and trips the breaker. I never ran it very hard or long and kept the oil and filter changed,but now the pump is shot.

I replaced a 20 year old Campbell... more
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339
Eric H.
Coloma, MI
Total Helpful Votes
26 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
NOV.
03
2013
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Poor Quality
I bought this compressor based on good reviews and the Ingersoll Rand name. The pump lasted 22 months of light residential use.

Now I look around and the reviews are terrible. Many problems with the pumps. Mine is still under warranty and Ingersoll Rand is supposed to be sending me a new pump. Wonder how long this one will last. I would not buy Ingersoll Rand again.
Pros: Features
Cons: Low Quality
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267
Adam
Carson City, NV
Total Helpful Votes
24 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
DEC.
19
2010
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Bad Compressor & Bad Support
We bought the Ingersoll Rand 5 hp 60 gal single stage for our metal fabrication business. When this unit was purchased we were a small operation with only one person running die grinders at a 30% cycle ( 3 minutes out of 10 ). About a week after we purchased the compressor we noticed that it would shut off and we would need to wait 5-10 min for it to cool and push the reset button. The compressor is stored out doors in a small shed with no door on the shed (we also took air temperatures inside... more
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248
Charles F.
Omaha, NE
Total Helpful Votes
17 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
NOV.
23
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Unhappy
When my unit was about 2 years old the pressure valve went to hell, now about 1 1/2 years later it's going bad again. Other than this problem the unit has worked well.

You would think they would come up with a better pressure valve with others having similar problems. The pressure valves aren't cheap. I bought my compressor at a chain store.
Pros: Easy To Use
Cons: Durability
Charles Recommends This Ingersoll Rand Product
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174
John
Total Helpful Votes
19 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
NOV.
11
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Fantastic
Bought mine 4 years ago from a chain store. I got it because of the high CFM at 90 psi. I didn't want to spend more money for a two stage with less CFM.

Once the air in your tank is gone, CFM is everything. Works great for my bead blaster. I don't think anything is going to tax an air compressor more than a sand or bead blaster.
Pros: Exceeded Expectations, Fast, Reliable, I'd Buy It Again
John Recommends This Ingersoll Rand Product
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197
Robert
Freeland, WA
Purchased from Air Compressors Direct
Purchased 4/23/10
Total Helpful Votes
11 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
10
2010
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Nice And Quiet
I am very impressed with this product. Nice and quiet also.

The only downfall was, for a grand, it didn't come with a filter or regulator.
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111
Paul C.
Total Helpful Votes
24 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
20
2013
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Get Another Brand
I bought mine several years ago. It ran great for about 2 months and then I had to replace the pump, a year later a new pressure switch, next year another pressure switch, and now the pump is making noise again.

The pressure release valve also went bad after 2 years. I have had mine for only 4 years, and I am not happy with it at all. The only good thing on it is the motor.
Steve, the Air Compressor Expert
Product Expert
Paul,
This unit has a 1 year Factory Warranty, so the initial repairs would have been covered as long as they were the result of a defect in materials or workmanship.

If the failure is from improper installation or not doing the recommended maintenance at the correct intervals, then the warranty would not cover the repair, and the problems will continue.

You may want to give the folks at Ingersoll Rand a call, toll free, at (800) 866-5457 for their advice on getting the best performance from your air compressor.
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Gerald B.
Kennerdell, PA
REVIEWED
SEP.
23
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Compressor
I opened a new auto repair shop and the compressor runs tools 8 hrs a day. Have had it 4 months and no complaints.

I feel it was a great purchase.
Pros: Easy To Use, Quiet, Reliable, I'd Buy It Again
Gerald Recommends This Ingersoll Rand Product
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81
Brenda S.
Atlanta, GA
Purchased from Air Compressors Direct
Purchased 7/29/14
Total Helpful Votes
13 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
AUG.
20
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Air Compressor
Air Compressor's Direct has the best price and great service.
Pros: I'd Buy It Again, Reliable, Features, Price
Brenda Recommends This Ingersoll Rand Product
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137
Dave W
Gurnee, IL
REVIEWED
OCT.
20
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Going Strong For Over 8 Years
I bought my SS5L5 going on 9 years ago. Never had any issue with it.

As mentioned great for a small shop or a serious home user.
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83
Jim
Total Helpful Votes
21 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
SEP.
22
2013
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Jim
I bought it 3 years ago and because of work I did not get it wired up until last year. When I first turned it on, it did not run until I flipped the pressure switch several times.

I pumped up 6 lawn mower tires and recently tried to use an HVLP sprayer to paint a truck frame when the pump started making a loud knocking noise and tripped the breaker- and yes the oil level was fine.

The head gasket is blown out and Ingersoll said it is out of warranty. If you want a compressor to last... more
Cons: Low Quality, Unreliable, Durability
Steve, the Air Compressor Expert
Product Expert
Jim,
Factory Warranties start when the unit is delivered, not when you start using them. It is always in the customer's best interest to check out a new unit thoroughly right at the start to get the best service.

Letting a unit sit for years without being used can result in corrosion on the connectors and dry rot in the gaskets and o-rings.
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