Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Downers Grove, Illinois
I bought a Husky 30 gal upright from Home Depot last year and like it a lot. They were running a sale at the time and I picked it up for $400 with tax. I think I saved around $80 or so dollars that way. Before the purchase I researched compressors quite a bit and discovered the following. 1) Oil lubed is quieter than oil-less. 2) While cfm is important, the tank size will determine how long you can run a tool before the compressor kicks back in. I don't have the room for a 60 or 80 gallon upright so the 30 is perfect for me. It's on wheels so I can easily move it if I need to. 3) Mine is 110. I've read that a 240 conversion kit is available for it but it is an expensive opton and not worth it in my opinion. If I had bought a larger, stationary size compressor though it would have been 240. Less amp draw, smaller wire gauge requirements, better efficiency, etc. 4) Although not Made in America completely, the tank is and I found after I picked it up that the Husky is made by Campbell Hausfield , a well known brand. That's who warranties it. 5) Warranty is important so get the one with the best warranty within your price limits. 6) When comparing the cfm's on various models, make sure it's at the same pressure. I've noticed that some manufacturers like to play with their cfm and hp rating as marketing gimmicks. Remember when Craftsman always listed their power tools with "peak horsepower" ratings? Compressor companies like to play the same game.
This is what I learned in my research. Good luck in your quest.
Last edited by JohnK007; 06-19-2010 at 12:11 PM.