The electric motor on my 27 year old Craftsman 20 gall. 3 hp just died so I decided rather than replace the motor, to get something with more air volume. The only problem I had with the pld unit was an oil leak that developed in the compressor oil pan because of porosity which I took apart and repaired with epoxy 20 years ago, since the warranty had expired. Well, the best deal going was the 60 gallon, 3 h.p. vertical for 489.00 at my local Sears. It was packaged well and did not have any obvious damage or oil leakage. I hooked up the required 220 volt power, leveled the base and installed the appropriate fittings in the tank. According to the directions, the compressor pump was pre-filled with oil and I only had to perform the required break in period for 30 minutes, drain, refill etc... Experience told me to check the oil and I am very glad I did. The oil didn't even register on the dipstick and I needed to add approx. 10 oz of oil to the compressor head. This unit wouldn't of lasted very long being this low on oil. After finding this, I proceeded to check every nut and bolt, fitting etc... to make sure nothing else was compromised. Where is the quality assurance at the factory? Sears should take note and revamp inspection process ASAP. People expect brand new components to work properly and don't want any hassels right from the start! Overall the unit now works great and I look forward to many years of service.
This is the second compressor for me. The sales manager was kind enough to credit half the cost from my first compressor even though it was out of warranty. The first compressor leaked oil and seized up in less then 3 years. My new compressor does the same, leaks oil. It also continues to trip the circuit. I call an electrician who has informed me that it's pulling 57 amps at start up. It should be pulling no more then 17. I guess that's why we are popping the breaker twice a day. I'm not sure why Craftsmen would make such a poor design. I have read several reviews whereby the head leaks oil. Unfortunately this compressor is a piece of junk. The price is great but it's a piece of junk.
Provides all the compressed air I need to get the work done. Haven't had any issues and it installed with little trouble.
I bought this unit with the best intensions regardless of the prior reviews. I just want others to learn from my mistake. I received the compressor thinking that it would be ready to plug in, connect and use. NOPE! The unit doesn't even come with a power cord, no cord, no connections, no regulator, nothing. The other units I was looking at came with at least a cord. The other noticeable item is that the base of the pump looks wet (oil). I haven't run it yet because of all the reason above. So at the price, there are other options to look at.
This compressor is junk. Had it for 30 days and has blown up 2 times already. They sent out a repair guy 2 times and still will not work for more than 15 minutes. Sears will not stand behind their product and i will never buy from them again !!!
I find this compressor to be one of the worst I've purchased. That includes ones from **************. The CFM is correct but and you're running a grinder or die grinder it won't keep up. Try to run a DA, good luck. Running a 4 inch grinder at I believe they're coming and 4.5 CFM I got the tank down to 75 pounds with it running.
This started leaking oil furring the breaking. Thought it was just s nonissue so I used the compressor and after 1 hour of use it was throwing oil through the airline. Finally I shut it down and it had drained all the oil from the pump dry. All the internal oil went through my air lines and ruened them and a filter. This is junk like sold at cut rate stores. Save your time and get a different brand Craftsman is not what it used to be!