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dhazelton

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02-09-2016 09:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: air compressor

I’ve looked at the weight, decibels, motor specs, photos from every angle and it seems these two units are identical. Except the Husky is $169 and the California Air is $259. Does anyone have experience with the Husky to know where maybe some quality was shaved of the CA product?


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#1 posted 02-09-2016 11:29 PM

I just watched this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNOPs1fNIBo
And this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ohA7s13EDA
Hard to tell but it seems to me that the CA is quieter….But it’s hard to tell from just a few videos.
I wouldn’t have a problem buying the Husky. They have a great warranty!

-- Chem, Central California

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#2 posted 02-09-2016 11:37 PM

CA is 60 db and the Husky says 68 db OUTSIDE, whatever that means. They look identical in photos. $90 difference makes the Husky attractive.

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#3 posted 02-10-2016 05:09 AM

Of course the’re the same.
Just like everything else we use today.
Any maunfactured item that we can purchase in America today is manufactured in Communist China, or some other country where brands mean nothing. Well, nothing other than a way to attract customers. Thats why you see a few familiar “brands” on some products. The manufacturers paid good money for those names that make their products appear to be produced by companies with a reputation to uphold.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#4 posted 02-10-2016 05:52 AM

They look the same but then most air compressors look like other air compressors (Bostitch, PC, Dewalt pancakes). I imagine it’s like lawn mowers where everything under a certain price point is made in one or two chinese factories with different paint jobs. One way to tell is look up parts and see if they share the same part numbers.

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#5 posted 02-10-2016 07:55 AM

I have been researching these 2 compressors a lot and i have found only cosmetic differences. I believe they are in fact made by the same manufacturer in china, they even share they same model number. i think the decibel rating may be a gentleman’s agreement type thing where the ca tools gets a lower rating than the husky . i will be picking one up friday at my local home depot on sale for 99 bucks. gotta love those yellow mark down stickers.

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#6 posted 02-10-2016 01:31 PM

Wow, DirtyMike – think I’ll hit mine up today and look around.

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#7 posted 02-10-2016 04:39 PM

If you read the on line reviews the California Air isn’t very good with some of the connectors and customer support stinks!

Tha Husky is a little better particularly when it comes to support!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#8 posted 02-10-2016 05:38 PM

I just snagged a Bostitch 6g w/ brad gun and hose for $98 to my door or I’d be looking for that Husky. Never find those deals at my local HD.

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#9 posted 02-10-2016 06:32 PM

They had ONE at $99 at my local HD. But I went to pick it up and it’s too dang heavy for me to schleppp up stairs on job sites. I need something not a lot heavier than the PC pancake. Someone’s getting a good deal, anyway.

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#10 posted 02-10-2016 10:07 PM

Why not buy another PC pancake? People seem to like them.

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#11 posted 02-10-2016 11:21 PM

IT’S LOUD!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously, it’ll wake the dead.

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#12 posted 02-10-2016 11:33 PM

I hear you. I started up the Bostitch in the house to test it and the dog ran for the backdoor.

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#13 posted 02-11-2016 03:16 AM

Well as they say you snooze you lose, i went to my local HD to get one of these for 99 bucks, of course they had sold all of them.

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#14 posted 02-11-2016 03:35 AM

DirtyMike, you lucked out, I read on line reviews and these both had support issues, Husky not as bad as California Air Products.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#15 posted 02-11-2016 03:45 AM

yah i have read all the reviews for the ca and husky, good thing about buying from HD is they will honor that 3 year warranty one way or another if you buy it in store. if it pooped out and they didn’t have any more in stock i could get a similar replacement. however Ca tools is a dishonest company so i am not sad to see that deal pass.

listen to audio levels change in this demo video right before they kick on their brand

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ciXFWwL0OQ

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