That compressor looks like a “run every day” installation. (and a “Hide in the garage so it doesn’t drive me batty” as well.)
A) Most important: take a look for an automatic tank drain. Like this:
The idea is that it vents the bottom of the tank for a few seconds every hour or so, so you don’t have to remember to blow down the tank every night. Keeps your tank from rusting out. Which is a very good thing indeed. Especially on a daily runner. Pretty much every serious industrial compressor install has one of these on the tank.
B) have you looked at Kaser industrial compressors? Like the screw or Airbox style? They’re more expensive than homeowner style compressors, but they go for thousands of hours, and they’re shockingly quiet for what they are. The good news is that they can be had used for…a thou or two. Yeah, it’s a lot more than a craftsman, but they’re intended for 24/7 maximum uptime use, and they deliver. Without blowing out your eardrums.
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