|Review by Raymond||posted 10-19-2010 06:49 PM||8211 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
I had been stressing over the purchase of a new compressor for sometime now. Do I want a vertical or horizontal? Oiled or oil less, 110 or 220, HP vs CFM or SCFM. And then there was manufacture, Harbor Freight, Craftsman, Campbell Hausfeld, Sanborn So may many things to think of.
Finally I decided on the PUMA 5020VP 20 gallon
• 5 HP, 110 /220 volt air compressor
• 100% durable cast iron radial pump
• Belt driven, oil lubricated pump
• Stainless long life valve
• Copper finned inter and after coolers
• Heavy-duty air intake filters
• Oil sight gauge
• Built in air regulator
• CFM at 40 PSI – 7.1
• CFM at 90 PSI – 5.5
• Max pressure – 150 PSI
• Weight: Approximately 195 pounds
• 1 Year Warrantee
Out of the box, packaging was great, 2 bolts and the wheels were on, and 2 bolts and the handle was on. Attached the two air filters’ (automotive style). I installed the crankcase drain extension plug, and filled with oil. (almost 2 16 oz containers). Set up could not be simpler.
Per the instructions opened the drain valve, and regulator and let the compressor run for 20 minutes. The noise level was very low. After the break in period. I closed the valves and let the pressure build. After only a few minutes, the tank was full and the compressor shut off. I opened the relief valve to confirm the on setting and 100 psi it came on and went off at 135 psi.
There is no ball valve shut off, although with the regulator open the compressor sat overnight and did not loose any air…no leaks.
So far and only time will tell, but it looks like a nice compressor, It has large solid wheels, very quiet operation and good recovery time. No vibration and stays where I put it, even when running, something my old compressor would never do. Gauges are large and easy to read, and the regulator works well.
I’ve had at over a week now, and no complaints. I have it plumbed into a 1” PCV distribution system in my shop, and everything is holding together well. I think the best feature is how quiet it is. The only thing I am going to add is a ball valve before the quick disconnect fitting.
The manual is totally lacking. I give it 4 stars looses one for the crappy manual. Well worth the money.
At $358.00 plus tax, I think I did well.