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Pleasant Grove, AL
Mira Loma, CA
I run a very small automotive repair and custom side business out of my home garage and needed a small, quite, and hassle free compressor I'm the shop. I purchased this compressor roughly a year and a half ago and could be happier. it's very quite and doesn't wake up the neighbors in the middle of the night on those late night projects, easy to run, and works every time no questions. the only complaint I bounce come up with is the drain valve is garbage and In bad location. I replaced it three times thru my warranty before getting smart and just upgrading. just wish I would have got a bigger tank for use with the da Sanders, but couldn't be happier with my 33 gallon! would highly recommend to any home owner or diy automotive enthusiast!!n
Staten Island, NY
Needed a compressor to do general auto work on my trucks. Wanted something relatively powerful to let me do repairs, which included an upcoming replacement of shocks, springs, entire hubs etc. Looked a the specs and found that this would drive most of the 1/4" tools that I was using. Comes almost ready to use. You need a good hose, I bought the 3/8' that was called for the impact wrench and ratchets. 50ft hose, fittings etc. The compressor doesn't come with any of this. Plugged it in, let the tank fill, shut it off and left it overnight to see if it has any leaks. No leaks, Used it to rotate my tires with the composite impact wrench from craftsman and was able to take 2 truck tires off without the compressor even going on. The compressor is relatively quiet, and fills quickly. Its not too large and fits nicely in my corner of the garage. So far so good. Finally no more taking tires off with a hand wrench..
Bought my first 33 gallon Craftsman compressor 2 weeks ago. Out of the box the bottom weld seam leaked air around where the wheel mount meets the tank. I gave Craftsman's china manufacturer the benefit of the doubt as the wheel was misaligned and I figured perhaps it fell off the back of a truck - even though the box wasn't visibly damaged. I returned the compressor and got a new one. Took it home and second one leaked out of the box - this time from the top weld seam on the tank. Unbelievable. What are the odds of getting 2 out of the box that leak at the welded seams? NO WAY ARE THEY TESTING THESE AT THE FACTORY! The tanks should be pressurized and submerged (leak tested) before the compressors are ever even mated to them. These are horribly manufactured and obvious lack any sort of actual testing or quality control at the factory. Buying one of these is taking a gamble on whether you just wasted close to $400. Don't waste your time or money!
Run a drain extension out from the bottom as others have advised on here. Also, mine had some minor slow leaks from the factory. I took apart the regulator and fittings, wrapped in Teflon tape, and put back together. This compressor runs my impact wrench great without kicking on very often. Breaks tough lug nuts loose. I haven't tried it with other tools, but I am sure it will do fine. Pumps up a repaired tire very fast. Does take a little while to get to 165psi, but worth it when it does. got on sale for around $300. It is a great deal at this price. Far outperforms the cheap made compressor I got from HB and then returned.
Purchased this after owning a 2 gallon Craftsman 1.5 Compressor for 7 years. Best bang for your buck especially when purchased on Sale at around $319. Used surprise points and coupons and got even cheaper. Very quiet compared to my old oiled compressor and other oilless compressors out there. 165 psi is really a plus in addition to the large capacity 33 gallon tank, you can run your air tools @ 90 psi longer. Lower models to include the 26 gallon does not have enough SCFM for most air tools to include the basic impact wrenches. Skip the lower models and purchase this one. You will not regret it!
I've owned this about two years, used about once per month. Its so loud I have to wear ear protection in the shop, or fill it, then unplug it and use the stored air...not good if I'm doing something that requires a lot of air. Anyway, yesterday the motor seized while filling the tank. Piston is not seized, its the motor. I managed to get motor to rotate by prying on the eccentric, but when I started it it immediately started shredding itself inside and froze after about two seconds....aluminum shavings flying everywhere. A replacement motor runs $260, nearly what I paid for the whole thing new. Never again, Sears, never again. Been burned too many times on Craftsman garbage.
I was looking for an air compressor for my garage for a while now. I wanted something with a high pressure (165) is nice and a decent size tank. 33 gallons hopefully will be enough for running some air tools every now and then. It is short and rather compact, which surprised me, but am happy because it will fit nicely under my cabinets. I have not used it quite yet other than to run it one time and check that it was ok after receiveing it. The compressor runs fairly quite. A lot quieter than the pancake compressor that I have. It does take quite some time to bring the tank up to full pressure. I think it ran for about 15 minutes plus, but that was form a tank pressure of zero. I am hoping to run a impact wrench and or an air rachet. I know that there will be enough pressure (air supply) to run nail guns. Only thing I wish that this came with was a dryer and filer combo. I purchased this on sale and was happy with the price. the wheels make it nice to move around. The drian on the bottom is ok, bt there is not a ton of room to get your hand under there. I had to tilt the compressor forward to be able to open the drain. overall i am happy with the purchase and hope it will last a good long time.
Desert Hot Springs, CA
First thing to do is remove the drain petcock and install a quarter inch ball or similar drain valve. You will struggle with the stock valve. This is my second one and it is much quieter.
My boyfriends air compressor was very old and finally blew the engine. I wanted to get him a new one for an early Xmas present. Wasn't going with anything else but Craftsman. He said he didn't need one this big. But you never know. He was very happy to get it. No problems with it so far. And I hope it lasts as long as the last one.
So I will admit, this is the first real compressor I've owned. Went to ************** and purchased a silimar priced compressor, got it home and it was damaged right out of the box. Took that back and made the decision to go to a more reputable dealer for a mechanical part. Got this home, plugged it in and it filled right up. Set my tool pressure, got my impact wrench out and was able to change the front shocks on my Expedition. Several of the nuts/bolts were pretty rusted and this thing easily provided a great throughput of air to get the wheels, upper control arm, lower stabilizer bar, tie rods, lower strut bolt off without having to refill.
The Craftsman 33 gallon compressor is my second Craftsman compressor that I own. The other is a one gallon that I use for small things around the house. The 33 gallon sits in my garage and has worked great for everything that I have used it for. I used it for my pneumatic nail gun to finish my boys clubhouse. I used it recently to replace the struts on my van. Getting of the lug nuts was simple and easy. The only issue that I have with this compressor, and with almost every other compressor made these days is the drain valve. It is located on the very bottom and is very hard to access. Not just that, it is hard to tell which way opens it and closes it. The solve is to remove the drain valve bolt at the bottom, install a 1/4" street elbow, a 6" extender, and a shut off valve, and the problem is fixed. As I said, every compressor has this issue, not just this one.
Relatively quiet for air compressor but really drops off pressure fast and almost immediately turns on with any use of air. Never seems to catch up with any air tool being used. Disappointing to have to stop every few minutes for catch up as pressure continues to decline. Would be fine for filling tires or impact wrench but not so good for real use.
Just bought it from Sears. It is made by Cambell-Hausfeld, a good manufacturer. The compressor is much quieter than the old one I had and though only run for a week so far, seems all it is advertised to be. The bottom drain had to go, you cannot reach it nor get your fingers around the ****. Replace it with an 1/4 NPT 90 degree elbow, then an extension 1/4 inch pipe (I used 6 inches) and a 1/4 to 1/4 male connector with the old drain. Now you can reach it easily, total cost about $6.00. Much cheaper than larger tires or putting it up higher as you still would need to kneel down to see the darn thing.
Haven't had the opportunity to use it yet, but it is huge! Much bigger than we thought. Hopefully that means it will work great. Craftsman is a good name so we aren't too worried.
Las Vegas, NV
Shrub Oak, NY
Opened the box , set it up and worked just fine. Have had it only about 2 weeks but so far it works just fine. Replaces a 20 year old one that was 130psi. Not as loud when running as the old one. Got it on sale,couldnt pass up on the price since the old one died about 3 weeks before.
We bought this for our sons birthday, he likes everything " the bigger the better " . He says its great, he has a couple of pressure tools to go with it. Says it much faster than his smaller one.
Saint Paul, MN
I replaced a 15 year old Craftsman Compressor with the 33 Gallon Vertical. Really much quieter than my old one. More than enough power for running impact gun and ratchet. Price is outstanding for a large home shop unit. Completely assembled out of the box. All I did was add a drain extension. Buy this and you will love it.