Kobalt 1.5-HP 3-Gallon 155 PSI Electric Air Compressor Reviews

Kobalt 1.5-HP 3-Gallon 155 PSI Electric Air Compressor

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I bought it; RETURNED it the next day; never used it

Jun 13, 2013 (Updated Jun 13, 2013)
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Pros:Light weight & easy to pick up & carry with two hands.

Cons:Possible Pressure Regulator knob stripping out

The Bottom Line: I'd recommend waiting to see what other "customer reviews" have to say on Lowe's website.  

I bought a Huskier model for the same price.


This was an impulse purchase, weighed only 39 pounds & is something I wanted to merely blow away wood or metal particles from parts that I'm working on or to clean up my power tools.

I paid approx $180. for the compressor, a 1 year extended warranty & a package of accessories which included a 50' hose & the necessary attachments. 

Upon returning home I went online to read product "reviews" & to watch YouTube videos on this compressor.  To my surprise there weren't any YouTube Videos nor any product reviews on Lowe's.com website. Apparently this is a relatively new model.

I checked Lowe's "customer reviews" on the smaller 1 HP 2 Gallon air compressor & was dismayed to read numerous PRESSURE REGULATOR knob stripping out complaints.

I went back to Lowe's & looked at both models & discovered the smaller compressor display unit had a stripped out PRESSURE REGULATOR knob.  

I then eyeballed the pressure regulator part & knob on the compressor I bought & it appeared to be the very same.  I then looked for a store employee who came over to where the 2 air compressors were on display.  The employee agreed with me that the Pressure Regulator knob was indeed stripped out on the smaller unit.  He then went & got 2 more experienced employees who told me they had no knowledge of any problems with the smaller compressor & assured me if I had any problems with the unit I bought Lowe's would gladly exchange it or replace it.

I went back home, decided I didn't want to deal with an air compressor that, in my opinion, MIGHT have a problem with the pressure regulator knob stripping out.

I returned the one I bought the next day.  After doing some internet searches on air compressors, I decided on a Huskier model from a competitor which was priced the same as the Kobalt air compressor & one that has YouTube videos & a consensous of favorable customer reviews.


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