Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 59
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Javi Good Compressor But...
I bought this compressor a year ago after my previous compressor bit the dust. After about six months of use, the motor failed. I guess I was one of the unlucky ones. I praise Home Depot customer service and the repair facility for their fast and courteous service, but the manufacturer of the motor took almost an entire month to send a new motor.
Besides the hit-or-miss motor issue, I use my compressor in my home auto shop. Like everyone else says, run the break-in and drain that oil. It'll be full of metal particles. Replace with fresh oil and you're good to go. You should also replace the drain valve. I used a brass 1/4" NPT 90° street elbow, a gate valve and a few brass pipe nipples. Now it's much easier to drain.
The regulator that comes with it is junk and restrictive. I removed the factory regulator and pipe nipples (everything up to the pressure switch) and installed 1/4" - 1/2" pipe fittings and plumbed it into the hard lines of my shop. It keeps up well with low to medium demand tools like air ratchets, blowguns etc. High-demand tools like impacts and die grinders will of course be intermittent use, but not too big a deal for me since I'm not running production out of my shop. The noise level is not bad at all. In my two-car garage/shop, I can talk to people without raising my voice at all.
I would highly recommend plugging this into a dedicated 20-amp circuit. This unit pulls a bit of juice on startup. I haven't measured it, but I can tell it does because the lights still dim upon startup and I have it plugged into a dedicated 20-amp circuit going to the main panel on my house. I'll be running 240V circuits to my shop this winter whereupon I'll convert my compressor to run on it's own dedicated 240V circuit. That's another reason I chose this compressor over other similar choices.
Overall, with the exception of the motor issue, I have been very happy with this compressor. I think it's one of the best choices out of the 120V compressors on the market. I plan on having this compressor into the foreseeable future. If the motor quits on me again, I'll install a good Leeson.
August 1, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Hllywd Nice compressor
I just received this compressor, but its very sturdy, runs quiet, and is powerful...I took a while to decide on this compressor because I was looking at the Dewalt oiless compressor...but I read bad things about it and I wasn't so sure about an oiless life span...
I unboxed this, checked the oil...which it had, but I couldn't tell cause the factory worker overfilled it...I drained the oil, put fresh in, and ran it for 20 min as per break in procedure...I also added a ball valve to drain water, instead of the stock drain, just makes it easier to reach!...When I ran it to cut off, it stops at 150pis...I listened for any leaks, and sprayed a soapy solution on all air fittings, and all was good...I'm very pleased thus far!!...If after use I find any issues, I'll re submit another review...
March 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Idetail Very pleased so far.
Replaced a 25 year old sears craftsman air compressor with this.I will use for what I would call lite duty "garage" work. First hats off to my local homedepot I ordered it came in a little over a week very pleasant buying experience. Only two real dislikes are cheap gauges and having to install a ball valve for the drain, the drain valve is a must for easy access it's no big deal but it would be nice if it came with the unit. Unboxed ready to run, did the 20 minute break in changed the oil all though it did not look that bad. I like the bigger tank had a 20 gallon and really like the space saving vertical design. Looks nice in the black theme, pneumatic wheels are nice to absorb with the rubber feet vibration. Very quiet running for a aircompressor, if your in the market take a look at this husky 30 gallon compressor decent price for what you get.
November 14, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Geno First Air compressor
I had this product 1 year 10 months when it locked down. 2 year Warranty did not cover it although it states free replacement or repair in the first two years, I do not recommend.
February 10, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by NIKTO Not able to find a better unit for even near the same money
Only quiet when compared to the newer obnoxious sounding compressors. Compare a Harley to a chain saw.
Air filters not as pictured on line. Larger baffled air cleaners would help decrease sound to near quiet, not ultra quiet.
All in all if the unit stands the test of time better than typical Chinese quality.
March 29, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Anthony Awesome product!!!!
I never leave reviews but I just had to for this compressor. I purchased it in march of 2002 and have never had any issues. Change the oil once a year. I use very often! Can't beat this product for the price. 13 years of continued use and still going strong!
March 20, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JWCTucson So Far So Good.
Okay I pick up this unit yesterday from my local HD. I did some research on a number of oil compressors and also looked at a number of them. So why this one? Well, first of all I had an oilless Husky (26) for a number of years, it worked well if I did not put a high demand on it. This I tried to follow because when that thing kicked on it was so LOUD I had to leave my shop. It took what I would consider a long time to fill the tank and stop.
From what I learned by reading other reviews was what to look for, so if you see something that someone liked or not you need to be looking for that when you go to buy a compressor.
I looked for a unit still in the box, that was removed so I could look over the entire machine. After the box came off I checked all of the plastic guards around the top of the unit. The box say's that they can be stocked three units high. All that is going to happen is that the plastic is going to be damaged as the box has no support for any thing to be stacked on top.
Next was to look for a way to adapted the drain plug at the base of the unit. Husky has an item part number Model # 072-0023H that is made for this, it should come with the unit new, this would be a big deal due to all of the complaints that I saw for other units made at this size. The replacement part did come with a sealer already on the screw in nipple.
The manual has no real information regarding two things that I would like clarified, the first is the oil drain plug, what size is it and do they have something like Model # 072-0023H for the oil drain port? This would also be a big selling point. The unit sold at Lowe's this was the biggest complaint, when changing the oil it just ran down the machine and made a huge mess.
The other is the switch. How does it work? After I did the start up (break in) and shut off the unit the switch seemed very lose, what I mean is that when I switched it back on I did not feel any resistance in the switch. The only reason that I can come up for this is that the tank pressure has something to do with it. I would like to know for sure.
To summarize, The unit come in at 148b's so you will need help getting it in and out of a truck. Nice big wheels so it moves nicely they may need a little air. Changing out thee drain plug is no big deal, I just tilled back the unit and blocked the wheels. Break in takes about twenty minutes, open the drain plug and open the line so the unit will not build pressure. Now if you had the oilless models you are in for a nice surprise, this unit puts out less than half of the noise as the oilless.
So I am putting this at 4 stars due to the need to address the drain's. They have a fix for the bottom but not for the oil drain, and I need an answer on the question on the switch.
January 12, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Russ Solid Compressor, Good Value
Great compressor for the $$$. It has adequate tank storage combined with it's CFM ratings to supply air for my small shop mostly doing automotive work. I shopped around and did alot of research before buying this unit. I like others had to replace my failing oiless model and wished to no longer be forced to listen to the awful racket that they make. This compressor runs quiet as most belt driven units do, no problem staying in the garage while its running. I ran the break in procedure and although not required, I highly suggest you change the oil once that is complete. Mine was very dirty after break in. I also had an oil leak coming from the sight glass. I simply removed it, cleaned it and applied a thin layer of RTV black around it's flange. The leak has since disappeared. One final note, it's advertised as a 1.6HP compressor. The data plate on my motor shows that in fact it is really a 2HP unit.
June 1, 2014