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Forum topic by MLK posted 08-04-2010 07:14 AM 1511 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-04-2010 07:14 AM

I just purchased the PC3PACK with the 150 psi 6 gallon compressor. I followed the startup instruction in the manual and everything worked fine. The question I have concerns the drop in tank pressure while the Compressor is not in use. When the tank pressure reaches 150 psi and with the line pressure at 0 and no hose connected there is a drop of pressure in tank pressure about one pound per minute, and has to recycle about every 20 minutes. I don’t hear any leaks so I would like to know is this normal?

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#1 posted 08-04-2010 10:02 AM

That’s definitely not normal. Mine retains pressure very well. Is the valve on the bottom of the tank closed tightly?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 08-04-2010 03:28 PM

Brandon thanks for the reply, the drain valve is tight and I cant hear any air leaks. I contacted Porter Cable but haven’t received a reply yet.

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#3 posted 08-10-2010 04:41 AM

Update on compressor problem: I e-mailed Porter Cable and explained the problem I was havening I got no response from them. So I called, Just my luck I got some lady on the phone I explained the problem I was having and she didn’t have a clue what I was talking about, so I told her thank you but I would take care of the problem my self. So much for Porter Cable customer service. I took the compressor back to Lowes and they exchanged it with no problem. I took the new compressor home and turned it on pressure in tank reached 150 psi and held, no leak. I hooked up the hose and opened the line valve to about 80 psi all of sudden the male end of the quick discount flew off and hit the wall and the hose wiped around and got me in the leg. I checked the clamp on the end of the hose and found it was never crimped, great Quality control and inspection procedures. When I went back to Lowes I showed it to the tool manger and asked him to just replace the hose, nope cant do it we need the hole thing back. I guess the 3 rd time is the charm because every thing is working fine. I have a Lot of Porter Cable tools and have a lot of faith in them, and would have no problem buying them again. I figure this was just a little bad luck.

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#4 posted 08-10-2010 05:23 AM

Sorry to hear about your experience mike, I bought the porter cable pancake compressor / 3 nail gun combo from home depot about a year ago with no complaints thus far.

hope the 3rd one works out for you.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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