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I've owned several compressors over the last 25 years and was always able to upgrade before they broke. That streak is over. This compressor stopped working after about 40 hours operating time and about 30 days out of warrantee. (I had purchased it on sale and installation was delayed). I was also disappointed with Ingersol Rand's service. I believe that it's important that you know that they are the only people who can perform warrantee work before you buy one and their price estimate for non warrantee work seemed very high.
April 3, 2013
Motor Failed after less than 200 hours of use.
I purchased the 5HP - 60 Gallon IR compressor as my first "big" shop purchase. I used the recommended synthetic oil and also purchased the start up kit. After less than 200 hrs of use (I only use it for random projects, here and there) the motor has failed and because I am outside of the manufacturers 1 yr warranty, it is looking like it will cost nearly half of what I paid for it to get another motor. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. By all the extended warranty that you can afford if you foolishly decide to get an IR compressor. Also, do a quick online search for this compressor and you will find a lot of similar stories. I thought that Ingersoll Rand was a symbol of quality but apparently that has changed.
January 29, 2013
This is a great air compressor
This is one great compressor it keeps up with grinders sanders and the best part is it keeps up with my hvlp guns I have a devilbiss GTI hvlp gun and it is a cfm hog and this air compressor does just fine it does not even get hot. For a single stage unit I love it at 40 psi it puts out around 21 scfm some two stage units don't do that. And for shipping the trucking company was great it was dayton freight and the guy put the compressor on his cart and set it right at my door now that is service, and the great deal from Northen tool you can not beat the price. Now the fun starts restoring my 1969 RS Z/28 Camaro, Thanks Northern Tool & Ingersoll Rand for a great Product Bob.
December 21, 2012
Best bang for the buck in air compressors
I researched many air compressors before I chose this one based on performance versus price. My first impression was not good since it arrived with multiple broken pieces. If you can get one without damage - This model works GREAT! It runs with less noise than expected, and definetly puts out the volume of air needed to maintain consistent air pressure for high volume tools. The only negative I can see is the 135psi max pressure if you prefer more.
October 15, 2012
pump no good
Bought this unit to replace a 22 yr old Campbell Hausfield that just wasn't strong enough. Bought the start up kit to extend the warranty from 1 yr to 2. Surprise! The pump died at exactly 3 yrs! Knocking and tripping the overload breaker. I thought I'd bought a cadillac but got a yugo! I took great care of it because I was so proud of it. Didn't use it that much either as my father-in-law needed a lot of care due to cancer. Replacement pump is very expensive. My advice: STAY AWAY FROM INGERSOLL RAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
September 9, 2012
three years and still going strong
I have had this compressor for going on 4yrs, it has done every thing I've needed. So far the off frame restoration of a truck along with the repair of three other trucks. have ground, and cut all types of steel with it. Have never had a problem with it. You do need to set anchors I drilled and they are getting lose. I'm going to cut out a 2'x2' square and put in 1/2" anchor bolts
August 20, 2012
Perfect Size, Power & Price !!
Would Purchase Again Professional Equiptment for the home and a Great Price I think mine will be a lifetime unit
August 14, 2012
Good when it works - not for heavy duty
I’ve had this unit for about 2 ½ years now. It’s seen pretty light to medium use. Once in a while I’ll use it to bead/soda blast and that really puts it through a workout. That being said I’ve never had to wait for the unit to catch up and it delivers continuous high pressure. It has occasionally gotten pretty warm and I ended up getting a cheap air cooler/dryer so I could blast and paint without moisture and hot air issues.
Recently it stopped building pressure and after pulling the head off I noticed that the gasket had blown between the cylinders. It’s a pretty easy fix but I’ll have to wait for the new gasket to arrive and when you need your compressor it’s a hassle. I may order a couple of reserve gaskets as I have a feeling this may happen again. So while I like this compressor I’m not sure I’d get it again due to reliability issues that seem be pretty prevalent with these. It does push a lot of air and maybe that’s an inherent problem for larger single stage compressors. If I had it to do over again I’d probably opt for the Northstar 2 stage, 80 gallon unit sold at NT for not a lot more money. If this pump does ever go bad I’ll probably switch it out for the Northstar 2 stage 15.9 cfm pump.
March 4, 2012
great compressor at a great price
Before buying this unit, I read all the reviews on Northern Tool's website. Reviews, both good and bad, really help in making the decision whether to buy or not so thanks to everyone who take the time to write meaningful reviews.
When it came time to replace my old compressor, I initially looked at the Ingersoll Rand (IR) two-stage Type 30 compressor. It makes almost 15 CFM at 175 psi but I don't really need that much capability so I decided to get it's single-stage brother, the SS5L. It makes 18 CFM at 90 psi and since all of my air tools use much less than 18 CFM, the single-stage unit should be fine.
While the compressor was still attached to the pallet, the first thing I did was to remove the stock drain valve and install a galvanized 90, a five-inch nipple and a brass ball valve. It sticks out about even with the side of the unit and makes it much easier to drain the tank than using that little bitty screw-type valve.
I used 1/2" bolts and anchors (the manual says you can use 3/8"), along with some 1" thick pieces of conveyor belt for an insulator. The conveyor belt material is a very substantial piece of rubber with several layers of cord like you'd find on a tire. I probably didn't need anything that tough but since I had it, I was determined to use it. I found the material at a rubber supply company in Haltom City, TX. A one-inch hole saw chucked in a drill press was used to drill holes through the rubber material for the anchor bolts. Now it was time to locate and drill the anchor holes. Concrete bits have a tendency to wander so I drilled each of the anchor holes through the compressor feet. Tracing around each of the three legs with a pencil helped me make sure the compressor was not moving while the drilling was going on. Blow the loose material out of the holes and install the anchors per the instructions. I used Red Head anchors.
The electrical hookup was easy. I ran metal clad 10-2 wire from a 30 amp breaker in the main panel to a junction box near the compressor. The 10-2 wire has three insulated conductors so don't spend the extra $$$ on 10-3. Then I used a length of rubber coated 10-3 from the j-box, and crimped on some insulated spade terminals to make the connection to the pressure switch on the compressor.
There is no regulator on the compressor so I bought a 1/2" IR ARO regulator. You can see in the pic that I changed the position of the service valve by adding a galvanized 90 and 3" nipple. That keeps all the plumbing closer to the tank and less likely to be hit by my tractor when I go in and out of the shop.
After the 30 minute startup period, the oil level dropped about a quarter of an inch in the sight glass so I added enough to bring it to almost full. The manual says to fill it to the top of the sight glass. Make sure you use the synthetic oil if you want a 100% continuous duty cycle. Using petroleum oils will give you only a 60% duty cycle (36 minutes out of 60). Using a Sharpie or other marker, write the date you started the unit on the side of the air tank so you'll have an idea of when to change the oil.
February 9, 2012
Use this for everything from airing up the bicycle tires to operating the heaviest air tools for our steel business. Have not had any issues with maintenance, useage or compatibility.
January 16, 2012