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Old 11-27-2009, 09:59 PM
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I have been surfing the site for a while gleaning all that I can. I have come across ( ) for $425.

I have two concerns about the compressor. 1) I have had little luck finding any customer reviews on this compressor. 2) When I looked at the compressor it had a hard time starting. The seller has the compressor plugged into a long extension cord and it took a few tries and resetting the breaker on the compressor to get it to fire. Once started, the compressor ran fine.

My guess, and those of some qualified electrical types believe that he does not have enough amps to start the compressor every time.

Any thought are appreciated.


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You'll need the compressor wired to a correct amped breaker, and use the correct wire size. Can't help on the reviews. 930
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My guess is they like just about all the compressor manufactures have gone offshore for their head units....Chinese.
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Except for the paint these are identical to the Kobalt at Lowes and several other brand names. From what I have seen of them I would rate them at least as average, that is not top of the line but not bad for the money either assuming you are getting it cheap. You are buying used I assume? The Kobalt sells for around $750 at Lowes and it appears to be OK from a quality standpoint. One thing that I noticed on these is a finned line going to all the cylinders that IMO serves little other purpose than to dupe the buyer into thinking "Two stage" when it actually is not. It may be argued that this line makes for cooler air into the tank but I honestly believe it is useless for that since one cylinder only uses half of it and another one does not use it at all, it certainly does no harm it is just that when they use trickery on one part what else will they do? As for the starting problem, without checking it on site the best we could do is a guess but I am willing to bet that from your description it is nothing more than the extension cord. A cord that is too small, most extension cords will be, will certainly cause the exact problem you describe but be warned it may not be as simple as just wiring it right if the guy has tried to use it like this for any length of time since it may also have damaged the motor. Before buying try it out with the proper wiring if possible or at least try to work out an agreement instead of just assuming all will be well once it is wired properly.
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We looked into it a little more today and the fact that it did not have a magnetic starter should have clued us into the fact that there should be capacitors. Indeed, when we removed the cowling from the top of the motor, there sat two capacitors, one of which was a start capacitor. He is going to have the capacitors tested. If that is the problem, then I will likely purchase the compressor. If not, then no deal.

Thanks for the input.
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