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Old 06-18-2011, 05:43 PM   #1
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Sears Air compressor doesn't work ... return number 2

I returned the first as it had been opened before. Didn't think to test it, but went to use it this last weekend and it wouldn't work.
The outlet gauge would never go above about 10 psi and there was hissing out of the regulator valve so that valve must be no good. I will do an exchange. I hope the next one is of better quality.
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I quit buying Sears stuff just for that reason...seems I went through at least 2 or 3 of whatever I bought to get to that good one. I'd heard so many good things about the Sears 1.5 that I broke down and bought one.

Although the instructions no longer recommend the break in period of running it for 15 minutes under no load, I did that anyway. The little thing does great...I can top off our 22.5s in about 30 seconds and it weighs in at less than half the pancake it replaced. I'm really happy with it and it doesn't take up much room where it lives in the RV. I did, however, get rid of that weenie hose that came with it and can now air up everything from one position - usually a 20amp CG hook-up.

Hang in there, it's a good value for the $90 bucks. Oh yeah, I bought the 3 year extended protection for under $15...not bad! Bob
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Old 06-18-2011, 06:14 PM   #3
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Gee,,,, Mine is six years old and as of yesterday when I last used it.. Blowing strong.
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Funny thing is, I broke it in but forgot to test it out O_O
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Has anybody used the Sears 1.5 for running air tools? It doesn't have much volume; is that a problem?
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I returned the first as it had been opened before. Didn't think to test it, but went to use it this last weekend and it wouldn't work.
The outlet gauge would never go above about 10 psi and there was hissing out of the regulator valve so that valve must be no good. I will do an exchange. I hope the next one is of better quality.
You don't say which Sears model you purchased. There are some that are basically a POS for use on a coach but there has been one in particular that many people have purchased and highly recommend.

Maybe you just bought the wrong one.

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Has anybody used the Sears 1.5 for running air tools? It doesn't have much volume; is that a problem?
I've used my small air drill motor with it. Your not going to do anything big...like change any tires with a half inch impact. It'll blow filters out with a little rest and it runs my quarter inch angle grinder for small jobs. I also have a quarter inch ratchet wrench what the 1.5 drives pretty well...again, not a lot of volume but for small jobs verses the 1.5 gal. capacity, it's does pretty good. This is the model I have. I did get rid of the weenie hose that came with it. Bob

EDIT: It has no problem topping off our 22.5s with it's 150psi capacity.
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I returned the first as it had been opened before. Didn't think to test it, but went to use it this last weekend and it wouldn't work.
The outlet gauge would never go above about 10 psi and there was hissing out of the regulator valve so that valve must be no good. I will do an exchange. I hope the next one is of better quality.
Did you make sure the drain valve was completely closed? I have the 1.5 Sears and I did the 15 minute break-in with the drain valve open. Closed it and aired up my 22.5 tires without any problems. As others have mentioned, it's a great little compressor for MH tires
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Yes the drain was closed. Second thing I checked you can feel and hear the air escaping under the plastic reg. dial .
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Yes the drain was closed. Second thing I checked you can feel and hear the air escaping under the plastic reg. dial .
Probably just some Chinese manufacturer employee's bad attempt at a little 'compressor humor'. Once you get a good one, you'll love it! Bob
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remember kmart owns sears,as a former employee of sears i can see they have gone downhill,the guy at habour freight said they now sell more tools than sears and craftsman is now sold at ace and many flea markets try tracter supply they seem ti have better stuff
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We have the Sears model #15309. It has proven to be reliable and trouble free so far over the two years we've owned it. It gets overall good reviews from other buyers. Given the country of origin, quality control probably changes on each production run. If you have the same model, return it and try another one.
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I bought a little Campbell Hausfeld 2 Gallon compressor model
FP20955 and it workes like a charm.
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I exchanged it for another. Probably should have returned it and bought another so I had the 90 day return start over again but I didn't. This one worked ok
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