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 compressor blew out the seals on the piston after the first week or use. And No warranty because i used it in my shop. The tech form Sears came to repair it told us never to buy a Craftsman compressor they never last. So take it form me and they guy that repairs them never by Craftsman compressor.
powerful , gets job done with ease
I bought this a month ago, after 2 Kobalt compressors failed to work properly. I have always had good luck with craftsman, so I decided to spend a little more and buy their air compressor... It works flawlessly ! thank you craftsman.
I have had this compressor for 2 years and had the internal diaphragm break just after the 1st year. I replaced it and now on the 2nd year it broke again. I had ordered 2 of them to have a back up part but now I am told the parts are not available. Very disappointed in Craftsman and Sears.
Works great and much quieter than my old one, but I do not have many hours on it. Zero air or oil leaks. I have seen the others' complaints about lack of oil. Mine was filled perfectly, but watching how the warehouse monkeys brought it out, you need to check it. Even if the factory filled it properly, if the compressor was ever laid on its side, the oil is going to run into places it should not go, and likely end up leaking out a breather or end up in the air tank- leaving you with insufficient oil in the pump crankcase. The guys at the Sears loading dock had no proper equipment, and wanted to lay it in the back of my truck. I refused, and we loaded it properly (upright and lashed down). Tip #2 do not skimp on the wiring. It does not come with a pigtail or plug. So get one at least rated for the amperage draw (12 ga), but you are probably better off going with a heavier gauge (like 10ga or even 8ga) if you can, especially if the cord is long.