Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 24
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MCinVA1 What a nice little unit
This was a black friday purchase, on sale for $79, needed to replace my old 5 gallon compressor that did not shut off. This Husky 3 gallon unit is a jewel, at 3 gallons its big enough to run my tools, and its small enough to carry around. It came w/all the right accessories and it fits inside my tool storage cabinet - perfect!
November 29, 2011
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by MrFixit This compressor is fine for small jobs.
If you want a small compressor to do brad nailing for home trim work its a great deal from a functional standpoint. Using for blowing up tires and such is a given. Not enough scfm however to push anything else like a sander or frame nailer or even moderately medium duty air tools. My biggest issue with this product is it is the most moisy compressor I have ever used. Not good if you do lots of in house work. Noise will drive you to deafness. Took it back for that reason and chose to go with a much more expensive quite unit. Gentron GC 4406 I ordered for $250 delivered from Sams delivers 4.4 scfm at 90 psi which is plenty for inhouse and garage use PLUS. They claim that this unit operates at 52 db which is the level of a casual conversation but we will see....
December 7, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by dadad13 good value
descent for the money.. runs my trim gun fine and even my senco framer on occasions for light duty shots. but be carefull ... oil that is shipped with unit is good for the ten minite continuous run break-in and should be changed prior to operation., lots of metal particulates if you look after break-in. changing after breakin will increase longevity..
April 10, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by homemechanic Does the job.
Another reviewer stated that this compressor is loud. Well they all are. I'd say this one is about average. Its about as loud as small pancake compressor with an oil free pump. The motor and compressor seem to have no problems filling up the three gallon tank. It takes a little while to reach full pressure but once it does then its fine. It does not take long for the motor and compressor to finish cycling once the tank is filled. Also the motor does not strain like my old unit used to. It just kicks on and fills the tank right up. As for the weight. Its light enough for me to carry up and down stares with no problems. It has enough power to run a nail gun and to fill car tires or any inflatable device you may have. Its also good for blowing dust and dirt off things like computers and keyboards. The air regulator is easy enough to use. I keep it at 40~50 PSI for cleaning my computer and about 80 to operate my nail gun. On a side note I did change the pump oil after the first hour of use. I noticed the oil was starting to darken up a little. I think it may just have been from breaking in. Good thing I bought a bottle of compressor oil at the time of purchase. I changed the oil and it has been clear ever since. Overall I think this is a great little compressor for light to moderate use. I would buy this product again.
December 24, 2011
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by paul Good for the price, but still has issues
I bought this compressor in the store on sale. It works fine, fills up quickly, and gets the job done. The best part of it is all the accessories that come with it (the hose, air gun, tire chuck, and a tire chuck with pressure gauge.
The compressor I purchased had a faulty pressure switch, so it would not stop compressing air when the maximum pressure was reached. When I called the service line, they said it was a common problem with this model. They sent me a free replacement of the switch, but now I have to install it myself. If you don't mind the bit of hassle, the price is right for this one.
Also, there IS some assembly required before you use this one, though the box and instruction manual say otherwise (the air filter and oil cap need to be screwed on).
The accessories are a great bonus for this item, though it is evident that they are cheaply made. No surprise here - I have never been impressed by anything with the "Husky" brand name.
December 27, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by OKCMike Great Unit For Tractor Tires and Most Home Jobs
Searched everywhere for a carry unit that could also handle large rear tires for medium size tractors. Small units just couldn't keep up. Large units no problem but difficult to carry to work site. This unit was fantastic. Tire filled up quickly and unit never quit pumping a lot of air, even when also filling the tank. All the included accessories were a bit plus. Even teflon tape! Super unit and not loud at all compared to competition.
December 27, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Debdeb Good price and very durable
This was a very good purchase. I bought 5 of these for all of my sons. Great product
December 7, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by hobbiest Couldn't get one that wasn't broken
I was given this as a Christmas present. When I opened it, the compressor, instructions, accessories, and inside of the box were covered in oil... odd since it says it doesn't come with oil in it. The box could have been on it's side at one point which might have caused that, but the box gives very little warning that it should be kept upright. Cleaned it up, followed instructions on setup.. though instructions didn't match completely - called for me to add 5 times the oild than I ws supposed to (but at least they provided the right amount of oil so it was obvious the instructions were wrong). After trying it out and playing with it a bit, noticed the head of the condensation drain valve was broken off. Took it back/exchanged it.
Took the new one home (this one was clean and no obvious broken parts), put oil in it and ran it for the 15 minute break-in time the instructions call for (run it with a open valve that just lets the air out)and after just 13 minutes, the pump started sounding strained. I removed the open valve to let the pump build up pressure... and it practically died when it reached 100psi. I turned it off for a minute, emptied it and tried again - after this, it came to a near halt at just 20psi every time.
So took this one back for one more swap... again looked good out of the box, put oil in it, and ran it for 15 minutes. I then went to pressure it up. This time the pump worked great.. taking it all the way up to the max pressure (125psi) and on to 150psi without shutting off causing the emergency relief valve to pop open and empty the whole tank. I tried about 10 times to empty it a bit and then fill it... half the time, the pressure sensor worked and stopped the pump and half the time it failed to stop.
That was it for me - 3 pumps and 3 different failures before I ever got any use out of them. I returned it and got a Porter Cable... no oiling (ever), no setup, and just worked.
January 2, 2012