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01-12-2012 04:10 AM
I bought this compressor new about 14 months ago. I rely on my equipment to help me provide for my family. I needed a decent unit that was portable enough to take to the job site. When I first bought the unit it would build to 200 PSI quick. It appeared to be the perfect fit for my situation/budget.
Well, this past December, both quick disconnect fittings on the unit began leaking badly. I know that is a wear and tear deal, so I did not give it much thought, although both went bad at the same time. Then only 2 weeks after replacing the disconnects, the stock regulator began leaking terribly. The regulator was releasing air out of it as quick as the compressor could provide air. I thought that to be odd but I went ahead and replaced the regulator. So then everything was great again. Then a couple weeks ago the compressor lost the ability to build pressure to 200 PSI, so the pressure switch would not turn the motor off, causing the unit to run without building past about 142 PSI. So I took the housing apart. I observed the armature and a set of brushes. I also observed only one of the two brushes is sparking. I did not find any adjustment on the brushes and everything appears connected fine, but the one brush does not spark at all.
So now I will need to buy a new set of brushes off of ereplacements.com. The cost will be minimal. Maybe I am exagerating my complaining about this 349.00 unit, but for all of these parts to go bad at 13 and 14 months old, it seems a good quality Dewalt product should last at least 2 to 3 years without having to replace stock parts. And, after removing the larger plastic housing that covers the motor and pump, I was surprised to see just how small the tiny little motor is. The motor looks like little petite motor you might find in a toy.
I don’t think this was a good buy. I am now in the market for another air compressor to serve as either a back up or primary. When budget permits I intend on purchasing a larger 80 gallon unit with at least 18 cfm + output. But I don’t have that budget at this time.