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.
One word to describe this compressor…QUIET! I seriously cannot believe my ears, I’ve heard a fair amount of air compressors in my day, both oil lubricated and oil free. This is without a doubt the most quiet compressor I’ve ever experienced and I am proud to own it. It pumps up fast and performs beautifully. Rips off lug nuts like nobody’s business. I didn’t find the air regulator position in a horrible spot like others mentioned either. I have a 48” leader hose that goes to my 50ft wall mounted hose reel, it’s an awesome combo. I also find it absurd that people giving bad reviews think the compressor should include a bunch of accessories, you’re only buying a compressor and it is advertised as such, your unrealistic expectations are not Sears’ fault. Everyone has their own preferred accessory combinations so I was not upset about this whatsoever. After the 30 minute break in CHANGE THE OIL. When I drained it there were lots of sparkles, you don’t want that in the oil. I’m going to change it again soon and then it should be good for the 100 hr service intervals. My oil was not low upon 1st inspection like many others experienced, check to be sure though. This unit is meant to be kept upright at all times, if you lay it down for transport oil is going to leak out, I strapped mine upright in my truck for the drive home from the store. I bought a full synthetic Dewalt brand oil off ******, works great and is thinner for good performance on cold start ups. BONUS: its blue so its easier to read on the tiny dipstick. The manual states to add 18oz after draining oil but it only took me about 14oz. A flexible hose on funnel is your friend as draining oil is not super convenient. Overall I am in love with this compressor and highly recommend it!
After searching at four different places, and searching on-line, I finally went in to the store and found the perfect air compressor for me!!! I got the stock and Model number and went home and ordered it on-line!!! The entire process worked so well!!! The Delivery people were awesome too!!!
I had to write this review because I thought it was necessary.
After reading all the other reviews I was surprised at some of the complaints. If they had read the instructions it would have been clear to do all the safety checks that the manufacture said before operating this awesome compressor. Yes I said awesome, My unit I picked up just a couple of days a go. After reading the owners manual I proceeded to unpack and hook up the compressor, I checked the oil and found it to be a little low. But after all it was shipped from the manufacturer to my local Sears store and even though they are shipped upright and not ment to be laid down you just never know what could happen to the item before it arrives at your house. This all being said I ran it for the 30 minutes for the break-in period then filled the tank,
As for one other complaint that I came across if you run any air tools you must use a water separator, this is a must. So when you install it you can relocate the hose connecter so that it makes it easier to use. For me I hooked mine into a hose reel with fifty feet of hose on it.
This unit has performed flawlessly so far. It's super quiet for a compressor for most of them are noisy anyway. I have owned many Craftsmen tools and the backing that comes with them is awesome,,,, with all this being said on a big item like this never buy without the extended warranty, for a few extra dollars you can have peace of mind for 2 to 3 years with no worries if something happens to it your covered. Spending your hard earned money why not secure it with a warranty.
As i said before I had to write this review because for those of you expecting to buy an item like this and expect it you have everything you need you start using it out of the box you all are living in dream land, it doesn't exist. For those of you that have never owned an item like this please research before you buy, thanks.
I'm a 65 year old weekend mechanic/jack of all trades and have owned/gone through several compressors in my life.
I LOVE this little compressor! Allows for some medium duty tools (OK... you're not gonna sandblast in hurry with it....) without a glitch. Runs all but the truly hungry power tools. Check the specs on the tools you want to use.
In all honesty, this one is located in my "citified" home as opposed to my country home with work shop.... so it gets pretty light use. But it's AWESOME for that!
Now.... my favorite part.... it's WHISPER QUIET! Our city home is in a residential tract and I can run this compressor without fear that my neighbors will start throwing stones at my place.
All in all.... if you don't need the 10 to 20 CFMs at 90 pounds...
give this one a shot. I think you'll like it. Best Wishes! :)
The compressor is a good compressor, but have had a few issues of owning it after the first year. The first time, the compressor stopped working and had to return it for a new one. The second time, after shutting the compressor off it started leaking from the pressure switch. Not knowing it was the pressure switch then, but I changed the pressure relief valve thinking that it was the case, but it wasn't. And for $25+ for a piece of plastic wasn't worth it. Now I have to replace the switch which is going to cost me another $45+ to get it back in working order. All-in-all though, it's a very strong and powerful compressor. It is a monster of a compressor and absolutely did its job re-painting my motorcycle, nailing in fence boards, airing up tires and etc. Whatever you throw at it, it'll handle it.
So very nice unit.only thing id like to know ..is ...will it build up air faster if switched to 220 volt.give a hollar please ty.
VERY GOOD AIR COMPRESSOR