I've had my little 3 gallon 1.5 hp Craftsman air compressor for 5 years. It is easy to tote around, provides me with all the scfm that my 18, 16 and 15 gauge brad & finish nailers and staplers suck up and runs smoothly and quietly. I have about 50 hrs. run time on it and have never had a it fail me.
It's portability allows me to move it to each work site and gives me the freedom to finish projects away from my large shop floor standing compressor. No, it won't power air tools or large framing air nailers, but for what my on the go needs are, it works just fine!
I looked at several other small portable air compressors and found this one to offer the most features, highest air output and ease of operation, all at the best $$$ value. My Craftsman 33 gallon shop compressor has been with me for 15 years...this little brother was a no-brainer!
I used mine with an air chissel to get up some tile. It worked well the job took a few days. Next time I went to use it the compressor was SHOT. Naturaly my warrenty is expires even though I didn't get much use out of it. I have a garage full of craftsman products I like but this one is a waste of money
Had product less that 2 years. Used lightly and infrequently for brad nailer and cleaning. Made in CHINA.
Now, runs and won't build pressure past 20 lbs. Air leaking from air filter intake. Information from internet (Sears "experts") say the problem is broken reed valves and/or scratches on cylinder wall and bad rings. Estimate for repairs is over $100.
My recommendation; if you want longevity from this product, forget it. And if you purchase, buy the product protection warranty. When it fails, and it will, you can get your money back in the form of a Sears gift card. You must cut off 6" of the electric cord to disable product and send to Sears. They will determine (from the cord) whether to give you your money back.
They obviously don't trust the word of their customers when this craps out. BUY WITH CAUTION!
Infrequently tried to use this to fill bicycle inner tubes, then it just quit working.
I got this little air compressor for small quick jobs. Glad I did. It comes in handy to quickly inflate kids toys, blow the work bench clean, and to use a nail gun. I wouldn't recommend this if you need for large jobs, like tire rotation. This is great for finish carpentry though. Lightweight and carry around.
Gets small jobs done with ease.
Worked fine until 1 year warranty expired and then failed.
The compressor was only used 5-6 times during this time.
I saw a lot of bad reviews but with a one year warranty, took a chance. Put it together, plugged it in and it took about 90 seconds to hit 125 psi. It does wander around when set on hard floors. I see some new sponge rubber feet in it's future. Left it overnite and the next day it was at 120 psi. That is not a leak. Shot a thousand roofing nails with it and I was quite surprised to see how long it last before cycling. I guess longevity could be an issue but it's got a cast iron sleeve. We'll see.
So I'm using this thing as my primary air compressor now. It runs my framing nailer, my roofing nailer, my 3/8 impact wrench. After 1 year of total abuse, it still holds 100 psi for weeks on end. It's almost unreal what this thing can do, as long as you're not spraying paint or some continuous thing. I'm impressed.
Did not come with all the parts or something because it does not work
Looks great. Nice outward quality build for the low-price-- BUT didn't operate at all during first, and only, start up. Surprised CRAFTSMAN would put their name on this... given the issues I, and others, have had with this compressor.
No problem using a nail gun for small jobs, easy to move around
This compressor is good for those jobs where you need some portable air. Filling up car tires, brad nailing projects around the house, etc. For the bigger chores I like to use my 20 gallon compressor, but this one fits the bill nicely for smaller scale projects.
We weren't aware that the compressor needed a quick connect for air tools. One was not included. That would have been great information beforehand. Otherwise so far very happy with our purchase. Relative had one and recommended this one. He has had his for many years without issue.
I have mad my compressor for a year or so now and use it when working away from home. It is SO much easier to move around than my big "portable" compressor. It has worked without issue.
My only complaint is the oil fill plug design. It is made of plastic, and sticks out such it is very easy to bump (and break off) when moving the compressor. It is a "portable" compressor after all. So mine broke off the first time I took the compressor on the road. I purchased a replacement from Sears, but I also found a better solution. After some investigation I found that the plug threads are a very rare metric 16mm 1.5mm pitch. I purchased a bolt from McMaster-Carr that serves as an unbreakable replacement. I cut it down to about 1/2" of thread and added an o-ring. You can't remove it by hand, but at least I know it will not break.
This machine is powerful but a little noisy. I use it for lite work around the house.
It is a repackage and everything is assembled but missing accessories. I picked it up at Sears Hardware store and will never schedule a pick-up there. Called the Sears.com help desk and the guy is nice and professional. The item was returned and ordered another one at a regular Sears store at mall.