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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 12-12-2010 10:32 PM

I’ve got the Porter Cable pancake compressor; actually I have two…sortof. I bought the first one to do the hardwood floor in our previous house. Worked great had it for about 5 years doing typical handy man type work. Then, about a year ago, the idiot that owns my shop left the compressor turned on and forgot about it while he went to work for over a week without ever coming back in the shop. I guess it cycled so many times that it just died, and I am not sure what exactly happened, it just won’t run for longer than a few seconds if at all. Anyway based on that great performance (except for my stupidity!) I bought a second one expecting the same kind of reliablity. Didn’t get it with this one, doing the hardwood floor in our new house the compressor will work great for a couple of hours than will do something strange, it seems to vent (somewhere, I cannot find where) the high pressure out and will do this for quite a while. It just happened to me yesterday in the shop whilst I was planning some boards ( I use the compressed air to clear out dust chips and stuff while working), it vents and basically is useless. I should have returned it while it was still in warranty but didn’t (another point toward the stupid rating:-). I will not be buying another PC pancake compressor, and from what I have been reading here I will probably invest in a compressor that is lubricated as I understand they are MUCH quieter.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2


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