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I Have Questions About Air Compressors for Knowledgeable Persons
I have a 3-4 years old Kobalt portable air compressor that has an 8 gallon tank, and will put out about 140 PSI pressure to the tank, and cost about $125. It worked fine up until about 6 months ago. When I first turn it on when I need compressed air it works fine and builds air pressure to what I have it set for maximum. Once it shuts off and I use some of the pressure stored in the tank, it won't restart until it sits for a while and I have turned off the power switch. Once it starts to work again, it goes through the same cycle all over again and fails to work once full pressure is reached.
I realize that these machines are cheap Chinese garbage and you can't expect much of a lifespan out of them, but damn, something like this should work for years before having to junk it and start over again.
I figure the malfunction is in the Pressure Switch, and is why the compressor won't restart after a one-time use. If I could actually find the part and replace it, I probably would have a working compressor again, but noooooo, the compressor is considered to be "obsolete" and no parts are available for it. It's a real shame that an otherwise functional compressor won't work without a $45 part, and there are none to be had.
My #1 question is: is there a workaround for this by trying to substitute a pressure switch from another model, or would it be possible to eliminate the switch out of the circuit, and regulate the pressure manually?
My #2 question is: If repair is not possible, can someone that uses a compressed air machine often and may have experience with multiple brands of air compressors recommend a brand other than Kobalt that might last longer than this Lowes junk I bought. I want to pay between $125 and $150 for it. I can go for a little more if the recommended machine has an excellent longevity period attached to the brand.
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