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Old 01-03-2019, 07:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default It's air compressor time

After 25 years, my Campbell-Hausfeld 2HP 6-gallon compressor is about to bite the dust. I'm hearing a "knocking" sound every time it runs for more than 30 seconds.

I keep seeing all kinds of recommendations for California Air Tools compressors here on the site, and I'd thought of ordering one. That is, until I came across this compressor at Home Depot:

Husky 4.5 Gal. Portable Electric-Powered Silent Air Compressor

Max Pressure = 175 PSI
4.0 SCFM @ 40 PSI
3.0 SCFM @ 90 PSI
Noise Level less than 65dBA
3-Year Limited Warranty

The specs look good. In fact, they look as good if not better than the CAT-4610 model. Price is comparable, and the warranty on the Husky is 3 years as opposed to 1 year on the CAT model.

Anybody have experience with the Husky, or a general opinion before I pull the trigger on it?
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Old 01-03-2019, 08:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 01-03-2019, 08:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Look at the California or Rollair compressors. Both are more quiet
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Old 01-03-2019, 08:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Since my husband wanted to do HVLP spraying, we bought a 60 gallon Industrial Tools air compressor from Northern Tool bought through Amazon. It was on special for $440! It is 12 years old and has never given us any problems.
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Old 01-03-2019, 09:39 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by log2lumber View Post
Look at the California or Rollair compressors. Both are more quiet
It depends on the model. The one I'm looking at is rated at 65dB. The California compressors range from 60 - 70dB; a comparable Rollair is rated at 79dB.

Edit: I went ahead and placed an order for one. With HD's return policy, I can always return it if it doesn't perform to expectations...
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Old 01-03-2019, 01:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I was just about ready to buy a CAT-4610, but this Husky deserves a close look. The Husky is 175psi max vs 120 for the CAT. The Husky is ~70lb vs ~45 for the CAT (which has alum tanks). A couple years ago, HD was selling the "Silent Air" compressor which had alum tanks and was pretty much a total copy of the CAT, but they don't sell that any more. I wonder if they had durability problems with the alum tanks.
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Old 01-03-2019, 02:41 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Why worry about 175 psi vs 120 psi? The more important things are dB levels, SCFM and warranty.
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Old 01-03-2019, 06:50 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have had the "California Air Tools CAT-4620AC Ultra Quiet & Oil-Free 2.0 hp 4.0 gallon Aluminum Twin Tank Electric Portable Air Compressor, Silver" ( for just over a year. It is very quiet and it keeps up with my tools very well. I don't use it for much more than nailers and blowing the shavings out of my bowls, but I am very happy.
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Old 01-03-2019, 07:15 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I bought a small 1hp 60db 35lbs CAT compressor to use on small jobs. A couple days after the 1 year warranty was up it started making a metallic ringing noise during the last half of the fill cycle. Could be a head gasket or valve issue. I figured I would just run it into the ground and then replace it with something different after it died. 5 years later it's still running, although louder than 60db with the ringing noise. In addition to the annoying noise, the drain plug is in a very inconvenient location and hard to use.

I would not buy another CAT compressor. I'll be looking forward to your review of the Husky.

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I like the Husky has wheels. I should look into this too. Thanks!
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