View Full Version : Kobalt 30 gallon air compressor, Craftsman or husky help!


cardude77
05-25-2011, 04:30 PM
Hello all,
This is my first post to this site. I am looking for some advice on buying a new air compressor. I plan to use the compressor in a home garage so dont need anything too big. I have decided i want to get a 25-30 gallon oil filled compressor ( not oiless). I have narrowed it down to three choices, the Kobalt, Husky and the Craftsman. I am looking for something that makes the least amount of noise. Please give me your advice so i can have the best purchase for my money! If you have any user reviews please feel free to comment!
Thanks in advance!

Heres the link to the Kobalt

http://www.lowes.com/pd_221495-14989-LLA1683066_4294795218_4294937087_?productId=311586 1&Ns=p_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_quantity _sold|1&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_Air%2BCompressors_4294795218_4294 937087_%3FNs%3Dp_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr%7C0%7C%7C p_product_quantity_sold%7C1&facetInfo=

Husky

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100063473/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

Craftsman

http://www.craftsman.com/shc/s/p_10155_12602_00916474000P?keyword=air+compressor&prdNo=3&blockNo=3&blockType=L3

cardude77
05-25-2011, 04:31 PM
I may add i do not want to pucrhase a 60 gallon compressor due to limited space and i like the portability of the units above.
Thanks!

Wiggum
05-25-2011, 04:40 PM
According to my brief research, you are looking at the wrong Kobalt.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_53661-1126-VT6361_4294795218+4294965883_4294937087_?productId =3370354&Ns=p_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_quantity _sold|1&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_Kobalt_4294795218%2B4294965883_42 94937087_%3FNs%3Dp_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr%7C0%7C% 7Cp_product_quantity_sold%7C1&facetInfo=Kobalt


This is made by Campbell Hausfeld and a much better unit than the one you posted.

From my reading, the craftsman is junk, and the Husky is ok. I personally like the look of the Kobalt better, I have read it is quieter, and has a higher maximum PSI.


Also, look into this:

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200396622_200396622

It is the same as the Kobalt unit you listed, but reconditioned with a different sticker.


Honestly, I'm the the exact same position, and I'll be buying the Kobalt unit I listed with a Harbor Freight 20% coupon next time the unit goes on sale, which looks like it's once a month or so.

cardude77
05-25-2011, 06:22 PM
Thanks for the quick response.

What is wrong with the Kobalt version i had picked out?

How will you used a 20% off coupon from Harbor freight to buy a Lowes compressor?

Thanks!

Wiggum
05-25-2011, 07:10 PM
Lowes takes competitor coupons, so as long as you have a Harbor Freight within a reasonable distance, most managers will accept the coupon when you tell them you are cross shopping between the stores.

The major difference between the two Kobalt units besides the obvious (one has more power and looks better), is that the one you listed is made by Sanborn, and the one I listed is made by Campbell Hausfeld. If you look at the model number, it is clearly a VT 63 series from them, which makes it compareable to:

http://www.chpower.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/chPrd3_10051_10001_106413_-1_10646_10692_

which can be purchased here for $480.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00988721000P?prdNo=14&blockNo=14&blockType=G14

TimGrz
05-25-2011, 09:49 PM
Not arguing you buying a 60-Gallon. But I bought a Kobalt 45-Gallon for $299 bucks. I am in Lowe's so much I was patient and waited for them to be discounted for the next models. If you don't need it now, you may want to do the same.

BTW, a friend in another state heard about my deal and went to Lowe's a week later. Got two of the exact same compressor's for $199 each! I should have waited longer dammit! :)

http://www.ampoff.com/images/CedarTrailsDr/Fence/K45_Home.jpg

I did not expect it to be quiet. But it is not so loud either that you cannot talk to somebody in the garage with it running.

/tg

P.S. The 60's, which I wanted, were running $399, but was more than I wanted to spend.

dankicksass
05-25-2011, 09:59 PM
I was in Tractor Supply the other day and they had all their 60-80 gallon CH and IR compressors marked down to $500. Some of those started around $500 anyway, but food for thought; there isn't too much footprint difference between a 30gal and 60gal.

cardude77
05-26-2011, 12:00 AM
Thank you for the info. So you guys would take that Kobalt over the Craftsman and husky?

Thank you for pointing out that the v twin version is pretty much the HF model. That is exactly what i did not want to purchase. I found a 20% off coupon online and I think i am going to try and purchase something in the next couple of days.

Out of all 3 of them any idea which one is probably the least noisy?

Thanks again for your great advice

emeraldcoupe
05-26-2011, 08:22 PM
Not arguing you buying a 60-Gallon. But I bought a Kobalt 45-Gallon for $299 bucks. I am in Lowe's so much I was patient and waited for them to be discounted for the next models. If you don't need it now, you may want to do the same.

BTW, a friend in another state heard about my deal and went to Lowe's a week later. Got two of the exact same compressor's for $199 each! I should have waited longer dammit! :)

http://www.ampoff.com/images/CedarTrailsDr/Fence/K45_Home.jpg

I did not expect it to be quiet. But it is not so loud either that you cannot talk to somebody in the garage with it running.

/tg

P.S. The 60's, which I wanted, were running $399, but was more than I wanted to spend.

i've never seen the 45 gallon compressor. is it a discontinued item?

TimGrz
05-26-2011, 08:33 PM
i've never seen the 45 gallon compressor. is it a discontinued item?

I do believe it was as the next versions seemed to be made a bit cheaper. The original price of this one I think was $499.00.

/tg

nperkins
05-26-2011, 08:58 PM
not arguing you buying a 60-gallon. But i bought a kobalt 45-gallon for $299 bucks. I am in lowe's so much i was patient and waited for them to be discounted for the next models. If you don't need it now, you may want to do the same.

Btw, a friend in another state heard about my deal and went to lowe's a week later. Got two of the exact same compressor's for $199 each! I should have waited longer dammit! :)

http://www.ampoff.com/images/cedartrailsdr/fence/k45_home.jpg

i did not expect it to be quiet. But it is not so loud either that you cannot talk to somebody in the garage with it running.

/tg

p.s. The 60's, which i wanted, were running $399, but was more than i wanted to spend.

how!?!? And when!?!?!

cardude77
05-26-2011, 09:18 PM
So I called lowes today to order the VT version of the 30 gallon, and they are no longer available.

Isnt the Husky 30 gallon the same thing but red?

empeg9000
05-26-2011, 09:37 PM
I've had a Kobalt 60 gallon compressor for about 12 years. Still runs great. I've painted a few cars with it and many other air tool tasks over the years. It was a great investment.

larryv
05-26-2011, 09:38 PM
cardude77, i bought this Kobalt about 2 years ago and it works perfect for me but then again i am no mechanic. It runs air tools just fine and is pretty quiet.

TimGrz
05-26-2011, 10:19 PM
how!?!? And when!?!?!

I have had this three plus years.

/tg

NUTTSGT
05-26-2011, 10:24 PM
Although I don't know what you intend to use it for, I'd recommend buying a bigger 60 gal unit. If you plan on using it in your garage as it's sole purpose, it won't have to work as hard as a smaller compressor. If you plan on using it when working on the house, like trim work or roofing, just buy a few extra sections of air hose to feed your finish/roof nailer.

My 60 gallon probably doesn't take up much more floor space than the Craftsman unit you have posted above. If you plan on doing roofs as a a side job(or something similar), I'd buy a separate compressor (like a pancake unit)for it's portability.

Craftsman_88
05-27-2011, 12:50 AM
Everyone says to get bigger units. For me. My kobalt 30 gallon does everyjob well. It runs all my air tools whether its a grinder or impact. Its portable so I can pull it to the backyard or take it to my buddies. All I can say is I highly recomend the Kobalt. Does not require 220, not overly large, good quality... what more can I say? Great weekend warrior unit.

timtim2008
06-08-2011, 12:40 AM
do you have to empty the tanks every day on these?

Wiggum
06-14-2011, 01:45 PM
Kobalt is a steal with the sale price plus 10% movers..... Under 300 before tax!!!

financer83rs
06-14-2011, 03:21 PM
I have a 80 gal one from Tractor Supply. I put it in my basement next to the furnace and piped it into my garage. No noise and all the air i could ever want. I have a kill fuse type switch in my garage for a manual on/off. I have a second Campbell Hausfeld portable compressor if i have to take things on the road. Never go small when big is a possiblity... unless its a woman of course.

cashishift
06-14-2011, 04:36 PM
Kobalt is a steal with the sale price plus 10% movers..... Under 300 before tax!!!

so they will accept both coupons at the same time?

Wiggum
06-14-2011, 05:27 PM
Sale plus coupon definately.

bobemmerich
06-14-2011, 06:20 PM
I have a Craftsman 5hp, 25 gallon model oil less. It wiorks perfectly fine for my home garage. Runs all the normal tools used in a home shop: 1/2 impact, air sander, nail gun, 3/8 air ratchet, paint sprayer. It's slightly loud, but works for me. BTW-It's made by DeVilbiss.

Crazy Car Guy
06-14-2011, 08:09 PM
id look at the craftsman oiless it served me well for 12 years. i blew up those 60 gal oil filled kobalts in 3 days or less with my needs and went ingersol and haven't looked back

DHCrocks
06-14-2011, 08:25 PM
I have the Husky from Home Depot but I think it's a 25 gal, I'll have to check. I know it's an oiled compressor it's not exactly quiet but much more quiet then the craftsman oiless I used to use. Don't know if this matters to you but it was made in America. The motor says USA on it, the compressor has USA molded into the housing, don't recall if the tank had USA on it I'll go check. I would get the same one again it's large enough for my use.

cashishift
06-15-2011, 12:44 AM
id look at the craftsman oiless it served me well for 12 years. i blew up those 60 gal oil filled kobalts in 3 days or less with my needs and went ingersol and haven't looked back

:lol_hitti

you're kidding me right?

stafford
06-15-2011, 01:07 AM
Until Monday, lowes has their 60 gallon kobalt compressor with 3.7 hp motor that normally sells for 479 on sale for 379 if you buy it online. My cousin paid for one today online and drove to lowes and picked it up. looked pretty good to me.It'll do what most of us need to do.

Crazy Car Guy
06-15-2011, 08:41 AM
:lol_hitti

you're kidding me right?

not at all a $30 ring replacement a few times in 12 years made me happy with it


Until Monday, lowes has their 60 gallon kobalt compressor with 3.7 hp motor that normally sells for 479 on sale for 379 if you buy it online. My cousin paid for one today online and drove to lowes and picked it up. looked pretty good to me.It'll do what most of us need to do.

what does a $379 price tell you? it tells me there compressors are cheaply built and after killing them in less than a week its confirmed in my book. all i did was run a sand blasting cabinet with em for a few hours.

cashishift
06-15-2011, 07:15 PM
Sale plus coupon definately.

My local store will not accept the Harbor Freight Coupons :sad:

Now to decide if its worth 300 bucks for this one....

http://www.lowes.com/pd_221495-14989-LLA1683066_4294795216_4294937087_?productId=311586 1&Ns=p_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_quantity _sold|1&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_Basic%2BAir%2BCompressors%2BInfla tors_4294795216_4294937087_%3FNs%3Dp_product_prd_l is_ord_nbr|0||p_product_quantity_sold|1&facetInfo=

Golfer
06-15-2011, 07:34 PM
not at all a $30 ring replacement a few times in 12 years made me happy with it



what does a $379 price tell you? it tells me there compressors are cheaply built and after killing them in less than a week its confirmed in my book. all i did was run a sand blasting cabinet with em for a few hours non stop.
Fixed

Golfer
06-15-2011, 07:37 PM
My local store will not accept the Harbor Freight Coupons :sad:

Now to decide if its worth 300 bucks for this one....

http://www.lowes.com/pd_221495-14989-LLA1683066_4294795216_4294937087_?productId=311586 1&Ns=p_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_quantity _sold|1&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_Basic%2BAir%2BCompressors%2BInfla tors_4294795216_4294937087_%3FNs%3Dp_product_prd_l is_ord_nbr|0||p_product_quantity_sold|1&facetInfo=

The 60 gallon is on sale for almost the same price

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cashishift
06-16-2011, 12:46 AM
The 60 gallon is on sale for almost the same price

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Need it to be portable.. I ended up deciding to just wait until I have a bigger garage.

zchrisz
06-16-2011, 09:09 AM
i have the husky pro 30gal, love it, quiet, would buy it again.

Crazy Car Guy
06-16-2011, 09:17 AM
Fixed

pretty much but still if the damn thing wont hold up to 3 hours running what makes me think its going to last me a few years. the IR has ran 6 hours with 3 people taking turns on the pressure pot blaster with no ill effects and it even cycles on and off while blasting, spending more time on than off of course.

cashishift
06-16-2011, 09:27 AM
pretty much but still if the damn thing wont hold up to 3 hours running what makes me think its going to last me a few years. the IR has ran 6 hours with 3 people taking turns on the pressure pot blaster with no ill effects and it even cycles on and off while blasting, spending more time on than off of course.

the IR probably has a 100% duty cycle.

Crazy Car Guy
06-16-2011, 10:24 AM
the IR probably has a 100% duty cycle.

you are 100% correct but who has a compressor and has not ran it harder than they should? :lol_hitti

1Garageman
06-16-2011, 11:11 AM
:lol_hitti

you're kidding me right?

Ya no shit. I own a Craftsman Oil Less compressor, AND WISH I DIDN'T OWN IT!
Get a compressor WITH OIL!:thumbup:

dittle fart around
06-16-2011, 02:21 PM
I have a 12 gallon Craftsman that makes a ton of noise. The best place to put the compressor is outside of the work space. Point it towards the neighbors you don't like in a covered lean to. I used a pop rivet gun to install metal siding on a trailer and it worked great but cycled on and off a lot. Get the biggest you can afford.

robertwhite
06-16-2011, 09:13 PM
Anyone know if the Kobalt 80 gallon cast iron VT is made by CH?

Anyone have one?

They are marked down to around $600.

devilphrog
06-16-2011, 09:21 PM
I've got the reconditioned version of the Kobalt and for home garage use it is stellar! Does all of the things I want it to do in regards to light to medium use.

graybeard62
06-17-2011, 03:46 AM
I've got the reconditioned version of the Kobalt and for home garage use it is stellar! Does all of the things I want it to do in regards to light to medium use.

Sorry I missed it, where are you finding reconned Kobalts?

Boz
06-17-2011, 04:02 AM
Sorry I missed it, where are you finding reconned Kobalts?

Northern Tool. Its rebadged as a Morgan with a 1 month warranty.

cashishift
06-17-2011, 12:55 PM
Ya no shit. I own a Craftsman Oil Less compressor, AND WISH I DIDN'T OWN IT!
Get a compressor WITH OIL!:thumbup:

Put oil in it.. and tell the wife its broke.

new compressor!

quality1
05-17-2014, 05:43 PM
OK...I want to ask a similar question....Which 30 Gal Kobalt compressor is better? the single cylinder with 2 Hp, or the twin cylinder with 1.6 Hp

(1) 2Hp
http://www.lowes.com/pd_268707-1126-VT6389_0__?Ntt=30+gal+kobalt+air+compressor&UserSearch=30+gal+kobalt+air+compressor&productId=3824207&rpp=32

(2)1.6 Hp
http://answers.lowes.com/answers/0534/product/3115861/questions.htm

Just Primer
05-17-2014, 06:13 PM
I have a craftsman professional and like it very much. It's not the up right, but horizontal 25 gal. I have used it as a paint contractor to shoot mud on the entire walls and ceilings of several rooms, in order to fill the old texture and skim coat. (Almost 2 entire homes) It would run constantly and I would let it catch up occasionally. It would never get hot at all and the mud would pump out of the hopper just about constantly. It's also pretty quite, or at least it's not annoying to listen to. It has a healthy strong sound, and it starts back up at I believe 100 instead of 80.

quality1
05-17-2014, 10:17 PM
Thank You

goodinblack
05-17-2014, 11:26 PM
I just bought the 155 psi Kobalt.

I love it so far.

So quite.

:)

eagleknight
08-18-2014, 02:10 PM
OK...I want to ask a similar question....Which 30 Gal Kobalt compressor is better? the single cylinder with 2 Hp, or the twin cylinder with 1.6 Hp

(1) 2Hp
http://www.lowes.com/pd_268707-1126-VT6389_0__?Ntt=30+gal+kobalt+air+compressor&UserSearch=30+gal+kobalt+air+compressor&productId=3824207&rpp=32

(2)1.6 Hp
http://answers.lowes.com/answers/0534/product/3115861/questions.htm


I would like to know also... because earlier in the post someone said the single one was better? I would think a twin cylinder would be, but maybe they got it swapped around. How quiet is the single cylinder? I have Menards down the road, which still sells the Sanborn V-twin one priced at $419 currently.

Jvvmusme
08-18-2014, 03:39 PM
Buy the biggest compressor you can afford and store

ctgoodman
08-18-2014, 10:17 PM
Eagleknight, Well the 2hp has a slightly higher cfm rating. I do own a reconditioned Morgan unit that is the same as the twin cylinder. Also Home Depot currently has a husky labeled version of the twin cylinder also. I've never had any issues with mine. I mostly run 1/2 impact gun. It runs pretty quiet.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-30-Gal-Ultra-Quiet-Portable-Electric-Air-Compressor-C301H/203187352

ezriderga
08-19-2014, 12:38 AM
I've had my Husky for 10+ years and it is great! It goes to 145 psi and does everything I need it to do. I detail cars so the fact I can move this around easily is a big + for me.

364826

emeraldcoupe
08-19-2014, 09:12 AM
I picked this up a few months back. no complaints.
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g89/emeraldcoupe/kobaltcompressor_zpse7ae07fb.jpg