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.
This is the third Compressor of this model in 4 years. Replaced my old Craftsmen compressor with this 60 gallon one 4 years ago. That one lasted 30 days. Sears repair person came to my shop and recommended I return it to the store for a replacement. The current one I have has been nothing but problems. Already sunk $150 in repar parts with in the last few years. Now the entire compressor pump need to be repaired. What a joke "Professional" They need to change the terminology. a new Compressor pump is over $400.00 with tax and shipping, Tired of Crapsmen, no it's not mispelled. Not worth repairing and probably will need additional repair in a year or so. Going to step up an get and "Industrial" continuous duty compressor.. Don't buy.
The compressor seems to work great. Pumps up at the speed expected and it is a bit quieter than I expected. I've only had the compressor a week so I have not run it hard yet.
Negative is that I could never get the out let threads (the tank fitting to my 3/4" pipe nipple)to seal 100% with teflon tape. I had to use pipe dope. Also the drain fitting on the bottom was painted and thus didn't open and close with only fingers. I had to use pliers on it. I pulled out that fitting, and put in my own street elbow, ball valve with hose for easier draining of the water in the tank.
It was louder than I was hoping. Also it doesn't come with any 220 power cord. But for the money I can't complain at all.
I currently own three (3) of these 60 gallon compressors and have had zero issues with any of them. One is now 8 years old (home use) and still working as new. The other two are in my businesses and I couldn't be more satisfied with their performance. No, they don't come pre wired. If you have to have one that is pre wired, don't buy this compressor. If you aren't going to follow the installation instructions, don't buy this compressor. If you aren't going to follow the maintenance schedule, don't buy this compressor. If you don't have a clue what you are doing......don't buy this compressor. If you have a clue, follow the instructions and maintenance schedule you will be pleased with your purchase.
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.