FREE SHIPPING - NorthStar Belt Drive Single-Stage Portable Air Compressor - 2 HP, 20-Gallon, Vertical, 5.5 CFM
Motor burned out
Motor burned out after three months of use. Had no backup so bought a new motor and swapped it out. Northern tool is replacing the motor.
November 12, 2013
Four pending five (stars)
If your reading this review chances are you r researching compressors in this price range looking for CFM rating, tank size, etc w/the highest reviews.
This will be the first of two reviews, this one to review the initial purchase and set up and the second after Iv actually had it in use for a bit.
I purchased at the Tulsa Northern Tool store (71st) and received prompt service. Unfortunately when I got it home and unpacked, the pulley guard was severely damaged. ALWAYS CHECK EQUIPMENT BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE STORE. After I repackaged, called the store, had them confirm they had another unit, I picked up another after checking it out thoroughly.
This unit is as advertised although the pulley screen needed a bit of adjustment. There are no instructions for installing the air-filter housings, it's straight forward but care needs to be taken with the light weight fittings.
Initial run-in w/drain valve open for twenty minutes went fine (much quieter than old compressor), closed drain and time to 135 psi <4 minutes. The pressure initially fades to 125 but has maintained it for >12 hrs. Cut-on happens @ 100 and takes <2 min getting back to 135.
Good service from the store and would only suggest free pick-up and delivery for situations as this. Can't imagine the hassle it would have been if all this involved shipping.
Do yourself a favor, even tho it should be store policy, and open the box and check things out BEFORE you leave the store.
I'll post another review after it's been used for a bit.
November 10, 2013
Compressor arrived very quickly and was very easy to set up. Only took about 5 minutes to set up and after the 20 minute break in period it was ready to go.
I am a professional mechanic who was looking for a compressor for home that was also able to be transported if I needed to work elsewhere. The compressor works great. Powers my impact wrenches and air ratchets with ease. It is quiet, doesn't leak down, and it's good looking to boot. Seems to be solidly made as well. I am willing to bet I will get many years of service out of it. Would definitely recommend this to a friend.
October 20, 2013
North Star 20 gal air compressor - As Advertised
I bought this compressor to reduce noise and provide more air than my 8 gallon oilless compressor. The noise level is much better than previous compressor and will run all my small air tools (will not run a small sander). I considered the asme size Ingersoll Rand compressor but am very happy with the less expensive North Star. And the 4 year consumer waranty can't be beat. Assembly and break-in was quick and simple.
September 17, 2013
Arrived in very good shape; 3 days after placing the order. Very easy to assemble. Followed instructions on break-in period and even though the directions didn't say so, I changed the oil. I have no issues at all. The compressor looks good; it's built solid; doesn't take long to build up pressure. Very quiet compared to my previous oil-less compressor.
July 31, 2013
Got this...now to buy lots of new Air TOYS!
I read multiple site reviews, and decided to buy this for my home garage/shop for building shelves in my garage and for using it for air ratchets and a plasma cutter I recently purchased. I love the black powder coating a lot! I heard this unit runs fairly quiet for an air compressor and saw on its specs that it is putting out 80 dBs of 'noise', so I took my professional dB meter and read it at 77 dBs at 10 feet away. It was very tolerable to have it kick in while working. This unit runs at a low tone sound unlike those direct drive compressors. (I had a centralPneumatic 2.5hp 20g compressor and it drove me INSANE with its high tone noise level-which you HAVE to have ear protection for. I got rid of that one FAST!) I bought standard non-detergent SAE 3O weight to break this in for the first 50 hours of use and Dewalt Synthetic compressor oil for after the break in period. This will easily give you 7 CFM. It shuts off at 135PSI and kicks on at 100 PSI. that extra 10 PSI cap really helps with some air hungry tools. Having an ASME certified storage tank is great too for even using in small commercial shops too. Note this does not have a ball valve install on the tank. If you are wanting an air compressor this is really the best in its class with a great warranty too.
July 23, 2013
Real nice compressor and well made!
Very pleased with this unit. Can't imagine what kinds of improvements could be made to such a well made compressor, it is very heavy duty. I like the durable black colored paint finish and everything else about it! The flywheel moves a lot of air like a well made fan to cool the pumps cylinders. It runs my impact gun like greased lightning and my blow gun too. If you buy this you'll be pleased for something in this true 2 H.P. class. I'd have to say this will last me a very, very, long time for sure! I put Valvoline 10W-30 in the pump and ran it for over an hour without letting it build air pressure to run in the pump, drained that oil and put Valvoline 10W-30 synthetic for the long haul. I see it say's use 30W but; this isn't going to cut it when running this in a severe cold climate as the motor would undoubtedly be under a severe strain due to the 30W oil being to thick, I would not suggest a straight weight. Oh and, I like the fact I can switch it over to 220 volts should the need arise and this compressor takes up little floor space besides. Glad I bought it!!!!! Thanks Northern
June 22, 2013
Don't do it
This machine takes 91 minutes to inflate to 135psi and another hour to recover once it kicks back on. They sent me 2 units thinking the first was defective. I tried to cut a 1/2 bolt using a cut-off tool and it depleted all the air and did not cut all the way through. I still can't think what I could possibly use this compressor for aside from airing tires or inflating pool toys. Don't believe the 5 star ratings and save yourself the trouble of buying and returning this unit
June 18, 2013
2nd time is a charm
The first one of these compressors I received had problems with either the motor or compressor and would not start unless turning it over by hand a 1/4 turn. After the North Star tech blamed everything from the gauge wiring in my wall to the length of the circuit to the breaker, I returned that unit and got another one. The replacement unit works perfectly.
Overall its a very well-built and high quality machine and I would recommend it to anyone however if you happen to get a bad one don't necessarily give up on this make/model but I recommend exchanging the unit rather than dealing with North Star tech support.
June 9, 2013
Good Quality, Good Price!
After a long search and a lot of review reading. I settled on this compressor. I am glad I did!.I got tired of the China made products sold by big box stores. Direct drives that are so loud and not of good quality. This baby seems to do the job. Its Soooo Quite. You can tell by its feel that's its a well made product. It has a Puma pump. That is made right here in Memphis, Tn. They are of good quality. I hope to get a lot of good service from this machine. The online page of this product says it has a 4 year warranty. Which I printed and going to use in case it breaks.
April 27, 2013