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Old 11-29-2013, 02:14 PM
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Craftsman air tools

I'm looking to get an air compressor setup sometime very soon and I was wondering if anyone here had one of these? I got a $250 gift card from work so I'm limited to what they offer from Sears. The reviews are mixed but for what I want it for this may fit the bill. Basically I will only use it for changing wheels and filling tires. Most other auto work will still be with hand tools.

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Old 11-29-2013, 02:35 PM
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I had a Craftsman air compressor years ago, circa 1985-1995. It was a 20 gallon tank I am thinking. Never a problem, ran great. I used to have some Craftsman air tools also, however, they were actually re-branded Chicago Pneumatic. Back then, CP was a known brand name for quality in the air tool game. I have no idea what Sears uses now. I really like Craftsman handtools. Best and easist warranty to have versus Snap-On.

I would see who actually makes the Craftsman products. If it's CP, they used to be top of the line.
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Old 11-29-2013, 03:37 PM
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It has 2 strikes against it: Oil free and direct drive. I would only use a belt drive standard compressor.

The direct/oil free model is loud, loud loud!
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Old 11-29-2013, 04:25 PM
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The world has gone compressor mad. There is a lot of junk out there now. Better to get a used low time piston type compressor.

It will last longer and be easier to resell if the day ever arrives. Two fifty will not buy much quality new.
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Old 11-29-2013, 05:02 PM
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For busting lug nuts ect that Sears setup will do fine.
Granted it wont probably last more than 20 yrs for your intended purpose but if you were running a shop, you wouldnt be looking at a Craftsman either.
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Old 11-30-2013, 03:55 AM
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The only new machine I would buy would buy new is a belt driven sump type. I also vote for a used machine. Under $100 all day
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Old 11-30-2013, 12:56 PM
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I have an earlier version of this compressor -- 1.5 hp, looks like. It has held up OK, but I don't use it a lot. It is LOUD! Like, wear ear protection loud. I'm sure it's cheaply made too, judging from the negative reviews it has received.

Finally, I wouldn't expect a lot from the impact wrench. Sears sells it separately for $24.99.
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Old 12-01-2013, 08:44 AM
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I ended up passing on this set. I am going to get a compressor from Sears I think if I can't find a nice used one but I am going to spring for the nicer impact wrench I think.
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Old 12-01-2013, 10:28 AM
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Sears' professional line isn't bad for a DIYer. I've been happy with this Craftsman impact wrench, although one reviewer suggested an Aircat wrench is a better value. Northern Tool has what looks like a pretty good deal.

It's pretty easy to drop $500 on an air compressor. If I were shopping the low end of the Craftsman line, I'd consider this model: Sears.com
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Old 12-01-2013, 04:37 PM
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For busting lugs in the driveway I'd go with a battery powered impact.

If you go with a compressor make sure you use a water separator!!!

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