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.
Could have made the tank drain a little ground clearance.
WORKS AS IT SHOULD VERY QUIET WHICH IS GREAT IN MY SHOP. HIGHER AIRS CAPACITY WORKS VERY WELL,
very quiet compressor
This was a great buy , it keeps up with all my needs
So far this compressor has worked great for me. I haven't had any problems with it losing air like I had read in previous reviews. I will keep everyone up to date as time goes by.
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!