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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.
Picked one up this morning, unpacked, inspected,fired 'er up ... took a few minutes to fill 7 to 10 or so. Checked relief valve stopped it @ 150 psi ... been holding there for a couple hours now. Not crazy about the drain plug will probably change it. My old 20 ga unit couldn't keep up ... I'll be occasionally pushing this one to the outer parameters of it's duty cycle ... I think it'll do OK only time will tell.
The compressor is much quieter than I expected. The added 15psi (over 150psi) is nice so the compressor does not cycle as much.
I bought this item when my old Craftsman 30 gal 5 hp unit started getting tired after 20+ years. I always liked the oil compressors because you could take care of them by changing the oil on a regular basis, and they would last a long time. I was hesitant to buy this compressor since some of the reviews were not kind, but I bought it and am glad I did. As a plus the vertical configuration is easier to move around and takes up less room than my previous horizontal unit. This compressor is a little louder than my previous unit, but really not too bad. It has the power to run most of my air tools without contiguously running. Will it last as long as my previous unit since it is oiless? Only time will tell.
Ruther Glen, VA
My 15 year old craftsman 8 gallon air compressor just wouldnt push my impact or air tools like I needed for a transmission change. I went online and found this listed on sale for 100 dollars off putting in the price range of HF compressors but with better CFM performance numbers. Once at home I have not been disappointed. It is quieter than my old compressor, and carries the tools with ease. Using a 1/2 inch impact and 3/8 ratchet at the same time. Next up is painting.
Purchased a few weeks ago to replace a 30 year old unit. Was very happy how much quiter it is. I bought the 26 gallon first then found out they didn't have one so I went with this one and il glad it worked out that way. No complaints yet