The Craftsman 3-gallon oil-lube air compressor includes a three piece accessory kit that can do a lot more than just effectively inflate your car tires – it enables quick work of filling bike tires, air mattresses, basketballs, and more.
For household do-it-yourself people, the Craftsman air compressor manages pneumatic tools such as nail guns, air ratchets, and paint sprayers easily that even with its size, the compressor can still operate with ease because of its quality and durability. It’s fashioned with a steel housing material for longevity and is equipped with a 1.0-HP direct drive motor with a max operating pressure of 135-psi, plus the piston style pump.
The compressor only weighs around less than 50 lbs. so it is highly portable and easy to move wherever it’s needed. Included in the accessory kit is a ball tire chuck, seal tape and male plug, plus an additional 25-inch coil hose to fill car tires without having to worry about additional purchases for such tasks.
Using the Craftsman 3 Gallon Oil-Lube Air Compressor
It isn’t difficult to operate Craftsman’s air compressor provided you are willing to follow a few of these tips, as well as go through the manual included with it.
- When unboxing the Craftsman 3 Gallon Oil compressor, ensure that the machine is placed on a flat platform. See to it that the power switch is turned off before plugging the cord into the outlet.
- Before you begin inflating air, make sure that the drain valve is closed; a wrench should be used to tighten the valve easily.
- After turning on the Craftsman 3 Gallon Oil compressor, let the compressor run for a few minutes before taking a look at its built-in air gauge to ensure that the compressor automatically shuts off once pressure reaches from 100 to 115psi.
- In the crankcase, see if there is sufficient oil available. Remember to regularly check its level after each use of the air compressor.
- Think about how much air pressure you would want in your air tool and adjust the air control valve to bring enough air pressure level required for various applications.
- Now, you can connect the air line of your Craftsman 3 Gallon Oil compressor but make sure that the air line of your compressor has enough length to reach your work area.
- Your Craftsman air compressor has a quick connect fitting which makes attaching your choice of air tools less difficult. Simply pull back the spring loaded collar then force it on the air intake of the compressor. If you have to remove the air tool, just pull the collar back while also pulling the air hose from the tool.
- Another thing that must be taken note of is the moisture in the compressor’s tank. If possible, make a regular schedule for removing moisture from the tank to avoid accumulation of rust and possible performance issues.
How to know when your Craftsman 3 Gallon Oil compressor needs oil?
Over time, your compressor’s oil will eventually thicken and form black coatings that will gradually make your machine less efficient, and without regular oil change may result in the compressor to overheat and worse, end up permanently damaged. Follow some of these tips to avoid having issues with your machine.
- It can be a little tedious but having a record of when you last changed your air compressor’s oil will be helpful in the long-run.
- Use your air compressor’s sight glass since it will help determine the level of oil present in the compressor. Using a dipstick can also help you with this.
- Ensure that the amount of oil in the tank is the correct volume requirement for your Craftsman 3 Gallon Oil compressor. If you aren’t sure about this, the manual has the correct volume for your machine to work efficiently.
- You need to know the total number of hours the air compressor was turned on. If it has been working for more than 300 hours, the compressor most definitely needs new oil. However, if you’re unaware of how long it has been running, or if you don’t use the machine on a regular basis, change the oil at least once a year or as often as necessary.