Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 25
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by wally keep it warm
I'm a contractor that uses this compressor almost every week. It's a good unit, mine has been running strong for a number of years with the only problem being the cold starts. I stole a hair drier from my wife to use to get it started. I drain it completely before I start it then let it run for a few minutes before I close the drain valves. this generally keeps it running for most of the day. Problem seems to be getting worse with time. Also trips the breaker when temps are high. I've thought about changing the reset button but this would require removing the motor/pump from the tank and I've not had the time or ambition.
January 9, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by GregW Good while it worked
I've had this compressor for maybe 2 years, and it just stopped working. I haven't taken it in to get looked at yet, so I have no idea what's wrong with it, but I will probably just get it fixed (if it's not too much) and then sell it.
It worked great for a while though. More than enough power for what I needed (home handyman), however it did leak a bit of oil, and ya, this sucker is heavy! The wheel is handy, but it's still a challenge moving it up & down stairs.
I like Rigid products, but would I buy this again? Absolutely not! Would I recommend it anyone else? Don't think so.
January 29, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by wlockridge READ THE INSTRUCTIONS FIRST!
I've seen some reviews complaining about this compressor not starting and tripping breakers. Heres some clues. This compressor, or any other, WILL NOT START on low voltage. The usual culprit is cheap, small gage extension cords and breakers too small to supply the motor. Use at least a 12 gage cord for lengths up to 100 foot and 10 gage after that. In cold weather I use 40w5 synthetic oil instead of 50w5. I have used mine for two years and never had the first failure. If you don't know how to operate it READ THE BOOK. Thats why the send one. If yours is lost, Google it. It doesn't take that much extra time.
June 4, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by walrus best buy for the money
I researched air compressors for weeks in preparation to laying some hardwood floors. Dollar for dollar there isn't a better buy out there. Compressor worked flawlessly with a floor nailer and finnish nailer, fills quickly and is quiet compared to oil less compressors. The noise isn't really an issue since it fills quickly. I ran the floor nailer at 90 psi and it had no problems keeping up, never had to wait for air. Having the wheel makes moving it around easy. There are lots of less expensive compressors out there but none better than this Rigid model.
May 30, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by JT87 DO NOT BUY
This compressor looks excellent in the stores and runs great in the summer or indoors.
Will not work in the cold!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I used it to frame my basement and then the next week I put it in my truck and took it to work and could not get it to start. It was cold outside and the breaker would continually switch off because of the cold. I returned this unit and bought the same one again thinking there was a problem with the first one. I unpacked the new one and it started right up. I left it in my garage overnight and now that it has sat in my garage which is above freezing it still wont start because it is still to cold.
My guess is that it wont start if the temperature is below 40 degrees F.
January 5, 2009
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Bamby Came out of the box needing just minor assembly and it was ready for work
I was prodded online to write a review for this product and am doing so with a bit of hesitation as of yet. I haven't had the opportunity to utilize the compressor enough as of yet to write a for real review.
It was very easy to assemble out of the box and it's comes to full pressure quickly and it's recovery rate is great. It can also sit for days on standby without loosing any pressure. It also came packaged with synthetic oil which may help alleviate cold start problems I read on reviews when contemplating purchasing this product.
So based on my limited usage it appears to be a well made well put together compressor. But I'm reserving the five star rating until I've had some real working opportunities to really put it through it's paces.
January 11, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Carpenter314 Horrible.
I am a contractor with twelve years of experience. I bought this compressor so I could run two roofing nailers at the same time. I bought it over the summer, used it a few times and was happy enough with it. Then it got down to about 45 degrees. I wasted my time, my crew's time and looked unprofessional in front of my client because my equipment did not run. I had to borrow a friend's compressor to finish the job. I was out of the 90-day return period and I don't want to pay the diagnostic fee for the factory service.
This thing was plugged straight into an outlet, so don't try telling me it was my extension cord's fault. It wasn't even that cold. Maybe it could benefit from a lighter oil, but if so, Ridgid failed to ship it with the correct weight. In the winter time I have to heat this pathetic machine with a propane torch to get it started. Embarassing.
January 31, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jbtvt Yeah...
So it won't run if the oil is frozen. Show me a 13.5 amp oil bath model that will... This is the reason they make block heaters. Put a 2x under the oilpan (aluminum, magnets won't hold) stick a block heater on it and deal.
Or buy one of the disposable Teflon ring oil-less ones. If they hold up twice as well as the frying pans you might get a few years of use out of them. I'll take the oil compressors and the minor inconvenience of keeping them warm.
April 7, 2010