I got this compressor on a special sale so I got it at a very good price. Not for too long I got it just about a week ago. It's a great compressor, a balance between mobility and air volume. if I have the room I will get the 60 gallon stationary one for about the same price, not like it's hard to pull a wire out of my main fuse for 220 V operation. but I don't have the room so I just settle with this. Anyway for those who might buy this, there are 3 things to keep in mind that's not mention in the manual. - Sears does not sell the Semi-Synthetic non-detergent oil this compressor called for. I know what other alternatives that you can use, will not mention them here because I don't want to confuse some noobs who reads this. Solution is you either buy them online (whatever brand it is), or if you have a Lowes Nearby, they sell the Semi-Synthetic Compressor oil for around 7-8 bux per 16oz, get 3 of them, why? read. - I'm not sure what happen but when I unbox my compressor, some oil was found on the motor, plastic case that covers the bell, and some was on the manual. I checked the oil level and sure enough, it's low. the oil plug/level reader is pretty retarded and hard to read. Add oil carefully, it's easy to overfill. After you add oil to it back to the Full mark, follow the instructions in the manual and turn it on to break in - After the break-in (30 mins of operating with the bottom petcock open) , DRAIN THE OIL COMPLETELY and refill it with the extra oil you have around back to spec. Oil goes in completely clear and clean, after the first 30 mins of break-in, its filled with metal particles that you can see easily. yuck. I wonder how many people out there just keep running it like this until 100 hrs or so later and found out their compressor is "not pumping fast/worn out". For me, after the drain and fill, I ran the compressor again for another 15 minutes then drain again, oil comes out much cleaner this time. Fill again, and the compressor has been rocking. oh by the way, don't overtighten the drain plug cuz it might break the rubber seal ... and Craftsman don't have a part # for it, you should be able to find whatever rubber seal that fits, or just get a copper washer to go with it. just something to keep in mind so u don't break it the first time you drain/fill it. Hope this helps.
The compressor seized on the first day. I ran the compressor through the break in cycle according to the manual. I then drained the tank to blow any moisture out the vent at the bottom, closed it back up, and let it fill. I ran some tools on it, and the third time the motor started after buying it, the compressor stage seized and the circuit breaker blew. Sears is giving me the option of exchanging it or waiting for two weeks to have someone come fix it on site. It weighs over 160 lbs, and has wheels on it, so it is just about the last thing anyone would ever want loose in the back of a vehicle, and opening the box according to the directions means cutting it in half, so there is no real box to return it in. Pathetic.
Plus side, during the brief period in which it was actually working, it definitely ran quieter than the non-pro series compressor.
Own very old red compressor that has provided service for YEARS and plenty of work. This unit is fasterd recovery, quiet and more portable with the larger wheels. Love it already
takes longer to refill than I had hoped other than that it is great, it has quality motor and fittingseasy to move
This compressor is a very quiet and efficient unit. It runs well on 110v and is easy to maneuver around on its air filled rubber tires. The vertical configuration takes up alot less room than the old airless horizontal one that it replaces. It is very quiet and water is drained directly from the bottom of the tank. It has the capability to easily run my air tools and fill my 1 ton dually's tires easily. Would recommend this to anyone.
I bought this air compressor in 2012 and have never regretted it, the compressor is very quiet, 27 gallons is perfect for my needs, do it yourself backyard mechanic and amateur woodworker. Only thing I am not a fan of is the valve on the bottom being hard to get to. But that is where it needs to be to drain condensation out of the tank.
Solid, efficient and great compre ssor for all around use. It allows me to use 240 volts for better efficiency with electricity. Heavy duty but still Mobile for use.
Had problems with UPS destroying two air compressors ordered elsewhere I, saw this on Sale. Decided to give Sears a try. Placed the order for Store Pickup. Fortunately it was in stock. Went to pick it up. Box was in Excellent condition. Got it home. Checked the contents. Perfect. Checked the oil. Found it was a little low(About 2 ounces worth). Plugged it in and turned it on. Started right up. Only ran for about 30 seconds. Had to go out and get oil. The store I picked up from didn't have any. It was Quiet compared to my 6 year old direct drive C/H WL6111. Very quiet. When it warms up a bit, I need to install the water separator. And perform the full break in. Then need to remove the old C/H unit from its corner in the garage.
Update: Did the "Break-in". I used a flexible funnel(Can be purchased at an Auto Parts store). Wedged it between the Handle and Pump body. Placed a small oil pan on the floor. 1/2" Ratchet wrench. And away we went. Also checked the Torque on the Head Bolts. Manual states 220-250 Inch Pounds. Roughly 18-25 Ft Lbs. Set mine for 20 Ft Lbs. Good to next oil change.
operates quietly and portable
Is working well for what we purchased it for.
For an oil lubricated piston compressor it's a great value
Quality, quiet compressor that should meet my home use needs for several years to come. Two design improvements needed would be a drain valve that is easier to access and not oil level sight window to make checking the oil level easier.
This compressor is a quiet powerhouse. It performs strong and steady but runs quietly.
I BOUGHT ONE 20 YEARS AGO AND IT JUST STOPPED WORKING. I GOT MY MONEY'S WORTH OUT OF IT. I'M HOPING THIS ONE LASTS AS LONG OR LONGER
I have been appreciative of other’s product reviews, and wanted to provide mine for those considering the purchase of this compressor. My experience has been completely positive with this unit; from online purchase to now nearly a year’s usage. It was loaded onto my truck properly at merchandise pick-up, standing up, it had no mechanical or electrical issues, and its function has been better than I had expected. The only slight problem, which others had mentioned, was with the pressure relief valve. I found it to be a bit touchy, and easily activated. I purposely activated the valve multiple times at full pressure hoping to remove the over-sensitivity, and this has alleviated the problem. I was using a 20-Gal, 1HP, 90PSI Max, Craftsman compressor, which had nearly the same SCFM ratings as this 26Gal, but 30 years older. The difference was night and day between the old and new compressor, when using my impact and air ratchet. With the old compressor I could barely back off lug nuts at 90ft/lbs, and it would take ratcheting for 15-30 seconds to do so. This compressor at 150PSI spins them off instantly. I have this unit in my basement, with a 75ft, 3/8” air line to the garage, a hose reel with 50ft of 5/16” hose, and another 50ft of 1/4” hose tied to that, running the impact. I had none of the electrical problems that others spoke of; however, my electric service for the basement outlet this compressor is tied to is 115V/20Amps. So, I would recommend at least this level of service to avoid any breaker faults. For the home garage mechanic this compressor will be more than adequate for your needs. Best of luck!
Compressor is half as loud as my old craftsman compressor, it is keeping up with my home auto body, hobby. Ive been sanding my filler on my Dodge Charger, without issues. Great Product
This is my 2nd Craftsman compressor. My first one developed a small pinhole in the tank--, after 40 years of service. (I should have drained the tank more often) I bought it brand new in 1975. 20 gal ,horizontal tank, twin cylinder, 150 psi.
This new one is the same thing, except being vertical. It runs super quite, and quick recovery.
I did purchase a couple of pipe fittings and extended the drain out to the side so I could drain the moisture off the tank more often. I got a 1/4" pipe thread street "L" and a 6" straight nipple. I already had a turn valve. Even with the street L , I had to add a 3/4" thick board to the legs to clear the pipe off of the floor.
I purchased 2 bottles of synthetic compressor oil, and added some before starting. Ran it 30 minutes and charged the oil. Great compressor, and no leaks anywhere.
I bought this air compressor for home remodeling and auto mechanic work and it performs really well. Noise level is quiet, but certainly impressive for 27 gal workhorse.
Not small, but not too big to either. A one man operation can move this compressor around pretty easily. Anything less probably will not hold up on the job on medium to large projects. If you only need to shoot nails then this one may be overkill, but if you need constant power that is portable then this is the one.
I recommend anyone who is considering buy a Craftsman compressor to buy the professional model over the regular (red model) ones. You really do get what you pay for and the professional models are always build more heavy duty. I have many Craftsman products and I typically will pay a bit more to buy the professional products - so far I am a happy camper.
The wheels are a nice touch for this upright design and I actually like this design much more now that I've used it a few times. It moves in and around the house/garage easily. I can also push it up a ramp onto my truck/trailer by myself and I am just a medium build guy with a gut.
This thing has plenty of power for continuous use. I first used it to spray a basement ceiling and had no issues after 2 hours of heavy usage.
Just be sure to inflate the tires properly and especially double check the oil level before your first use. My tires were a bit low and oil level was low. An easy fix, but I was surprised to find it low being this is brand spanking new. Just make sure you use the recommended air compressor oil.
Again, no serious complaints really... I did spend a good couple of days researching and I am happy I bought this one.
A couple of my handyman friends bought smaller regular series Craftsman air compressors a few years back and they are all dead. You really do get what you pay for, so it's worth the extra money to buy Professional.
After returning 3 defective compressors in a row by another manufacturer, I settled on this one as being the best choice in a lower price range. The design makes repair easy. It is much quieter than any compressor I have seen. The high air output makes a bigger tank unnecessary. Full parts are available online including a replacement tank. I was unable to find any other manufacturer that sells all the parts that might be needed. For many brands you can't even find parts at all.
I was looking for a compressor to have handy in the garage. I did a lot of research since I was green in this area and decided to go with this make and model very happy I did.