|Item Weight||25.4 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||14.2 x 15 x 12.5 inches|
|Item model number||AB5|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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Rolair AB5 Air Buddy 1/2HP Compressor
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|Capacity||1 gallons||1 gallons||4.3 gallons||1.2 gallons||2 gallons||1 gallons|
|Item Dimensions||15 x 14.25 x 12.5 in||14 x 11.5 x 12.25 in||15 x 20 x 17 in||13 x 17 x 11 in||14 x 18.5 x 13.5 in||14.25 x 15 x 12.6 in|
|Power Source||—||Corded electric||electric-powered||electric-powered||Corded-Electric||corded-electric|
The Rolair AB5 Air Buddy, 1/2 HP, 1 Gal Compressor may be lightweight and easily portable, but it is also impressively durable and built to last. It boasts a roll-cage design to protect the pump and motor with a convenient upfront control panel.
Pump Description: super quiet Rolair quality, single stage, oilless, one cylinder, ball bearings, cast-aluminum cylinder, stainless-steel reed valve.
Motor Description: 1/2 HP, 4.6 Amp, 3,400 RPM, manual overload protection, 115 volt, 60 Hz, heavy-duty/industrial-grade with ball bearings for greater durability.
Standard Equipment: start/stop pressure switch, roll-cage design to protect pump/motor, safety relief valve, intake filter, ball valve drain cock, 1/2 HP, 4.6 amp motor, pressure-relief valve, airline regulator and pressure gauge, 1/4" universal coupler.
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There weren't many reviews on this when I bought it, just one youtube video, so I took a chance, but Rolair's other compressors have great ratings and they're known to make quality stuff. Anyway, this seems to have a much better quality level than my PC. For one thing, it has large gauges and they smoothly increase and are easily readable as this runs and fills up, whereas my older PC gauges vibrate considerably while running. However, you pay more for this too.
The other brand I had narrowed my choice to was Senco, which I'm sure also makes great stuff. I liked this Rolair because it has a roll cage, the 1/4 turn drain valve, and I really like the positioning of the gauges and front panel, it's easy to see all the controls. Also, while the noise level was spec'ed the same as the Senco, on youtube videos this one seemed to make a little less noise. The other thing I like about this is the design of the tank side, a nice smooth surface to rest against your leg as you walk carrying this - nothing to snag (the drain valve is more under than on the side). I like the green paint job too :)
Wish list? I wish it had an aluminum tank, and I also think it could have been designed to be a little narrower (front to back) so I could put it on a shallower shelf and that would also make it just a bit easier to carry.
Unfortunately, the seller (CPO outlets) doesn't pay for return shipping. The cheapest cost is 1/3 of the purchase cost. On the return label they also state that if the postal service damages the item, you may not get your refunded at all. I sent it back, already losing 1/3 of my money and put insurance on it, hoping I don't lose all of my money.
I think what happened with my unit was a fluke since I have heard some really great things about Rolair. Either way, my strongest recommendation is that if you do take a chance on Rolair, then shop around for a different seller with a better return policy, just in case you end up with a problem unit. Otherwise, you will get stuck with an extra bill for returning a dud.
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