Husky 20 gal. compressor features a powerful 1.5 HP induction motor and oil-free pump that delivers up to 150 max psi and 4 SCFM at 90 psi. High quality, extended life motor windings equate to 3 times longer life than comparative products. Fully enclosed shroud protects the motor and pump components.
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76%of customersrecommend this product66 of 87reviews
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76%of customersrecommend this product66 of 87reviews
This is an excellent value air compressor. The unit is a bit heavy so you'll need help getting it home. Setup a easy. All you need is to install the wheels and your good to go. The compressor is a bit loud but bearable. It takes about 7 minutes to till to max (150psi). The compressor can do 5.0 scfm @ 40psi and 4.0 scfm @ 90psi. This enough for most household projects and air tools. Overall I am very happy with this compressor, its easy to move around, recovery rates are decent and its well made. I would recommend this to any looking for a value 20 gallon air compressor!!
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, All In One, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight
Couldn't ask for an easier, ready to use air compressor. The only thing I had to do was to put on the wheels, and these are no cheap wheels either. Very well made 7 inch wheels. After the wheels are on, it's ready to go. Just plug in a quick release hose and get to work. It took just under seven minutes to fill to its maximum pressure, 150 psi. Its small and easy enough to move around, if needed, and the pressure to do what I need around the house. Very well constructed. The gauges are up high and easy to read. It has a nice heavy duty cord, oil and maintenance free motor, 120v 1.5hp motor, 2 year manufacturer warranty. The weight on the label says 106lbs, but it feels lighter than that on the concrete floor. I maxed out the pressure and left it for a few days, no hose attached, and no loss of air at all. None! This is the perfect size and unit for around the house use and more. I really like this one.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Strong, Good Size & Weight, Long-Lasting, install wheels and go!, airtight no leaks
The features are a huge plus for me especially since the unit is oil-less. It's easy to move about and takes up a very small footprint compared to my old craftsman compressor. The maintenance for this compressor is almost non-existent with the only thing to remember is drain the tank from time to time. It doesn't take forever to fill to full as some people have mentioned (probably use to a larger model etc.) It is louder than an oil fill unit but that is to be expected with minimal lubrication but it surely shouldn't be a drawback unless you intend to use indoors and that is pretty unlikely. The customer service was excellent as, as soon as I walked up to the service desk, I was waited on almost immediately and helped by Kyle the store manager of all staff! What a pleasant purchase online and the pickup - they even had a staff person help me lift the unit in to the back of my Escape!! I keep my new "baby" in the storage room of the house when not using it. I have to create a secure location in the carport so is doesn't disappear :)
Pros: Easy to Use, Sturdy, Strong, Good Size & Weight, Long-Lasting, color is black and goes with any garage
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Review 4 for 20 gal. Portable Air Compressor
What will you be using it for?
PostedJune 22, 2013
I've been using this compressor constantly with a number of tools and have not had an issue. The true question you have to ask yourself is what will you be using this for? And making sure that the compressor matches with the the amount of air scfm the tools requires to operate good. Also, be sure to read the instruction manual before using. Things like draining the valve under it every hour can go a long way.
What have i used this for? I recently painted a whole 4x4 short bed Nissan truck. Now i knew that a 20gal compressor was not going to keep up with painting the whole truck at one cycle so i painted sections at a time and then like the compressor refill to insure i had the recommended 40psi going through my Husky HVLP. The results where beautiful. I couldnt be happier knowing i spent 160 on this compressor. Below are the estimated continuous run times before the compressors starts to loss the tools recommended psi scfm due to not cycling fast enough to keep up.
Husky Gravity feed HVLP- 3min @40psi Husky DA Sander- 2min @ 100psi Husky Air Blow Gun- 1min @100psi Harbor Frieght 3'' cutter- 2min @ 60psi Iwata Airbrush- For every @30psi
Again, this compressor will not keep up for large projects such as painting a car. But it is possible if you do it in sections and have patience waiting for it to refill with air.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, All In One, Sturdy, Strong, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight, Long-Lasting
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Painted truck with Husky 20gal compressor and Husky gravity feed HVLP
The Husky 20 Gal compressor gives the appearance monstrous unit...Its not monstrous but its a terrific deal for the money spent.
The Machine came very well packed assuring no damage during shipping.
After unpacking and making sure all valves and drains were closed I plugged it into a dedicated 20 amp GFCI receptacle line I have in my shop. (the reason I use a GFCI is the plug is often used for outdoor work)
Turning on the compressor I then turned the valve to 80 psi and put on my 50 foot hose with a splitter on the end, then a addidional 2-25 ft lines on the splitter and attached 2 air nailers.
With my assistant, we worked on my custom fence I'm building around my back yard, Both Nailing at the same time. Nailing through 1/2 - 1 inch strips of Pressure treated wood.
Initial fill took about 6-9 minutes and with the 2 nailers working it cycled about every 30 minutes and Worked Flawlessly throughout the day.
Next test was my 3 Inch air angle grinder. Setting the pressure gauge to 70 psi(its a 4 C.F.M unit) I could run about 15 min betweencompressor cyclings. Getting plenty of air to the tool.
The small upright size makes it take up less room in the garage, while still light enough to roll to my truck and lift it in the back for moving to a jobsite..
A test with my sound meter showed it produced 70 Db at 10 feet in an enclosed space, Not really noisy compared to others on the market. My smaller 4 gallon pancake compressor came in at 85 Db (hearing loss begins at 80 Db of continuos Noise)
A quick search on the web also showed that the Husky unit is manufactured for HD by Campbell Hausfeld, A very reputable name in compressors.
Overall I would give this compressor a great rating for anything from blowing out sprinkler lines to medium use air tools for the homeowner/handyman/home mechanic.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, All In One, Sturdy, Strong, Light Weight, Long-Lasting, minor assembly
This air compressor arrived very well packaged, double boxed with foam padding in between each box. The only assembly that was required was to attach the wheels with the bolts/nuts provided. Even though the tank has a wholesome weight, the rubber wheels make it very easy to move it around (and I only weigh a few pounds more than it does!). The rubberized grip on the handle is a nice feature too. It appears to be a well made piece of equipment with a heavy-duty cord. It stands 38" tall and the width across the wheels is about 18".
Although I am familiar with using an air compressor, I would have liked to see the instructions include more information for a first-time owner. For example, they do not explain for a novice what additional items are needed for use. I was happy to find that the 1/4" plug and fittings that we have for our smaller compressor will also work with this one, although I probablly will purchase a longer hose than the one we have on that one.
The manual tells you to tip the tank forward to drain, but the drain is not as shown - it is in the center of the curved bottom -no need to tip the tank, simply turn the knob on the drain. There is no mention of the air filter, which I have shown in my photos. (The soft rubber cap slips off to reveal a block of foam which can be cleaned or replaced easily).
After plugging it in, it took 7 minutes to fill the 20 gallon tank. Of course there is some noise, which is to be expected, but not excessive -and I even tested it in my small laundry room.
Everything works perfectly, there are no leaks and the gauges work as expected. One of things I always use air for is to clean the garden tractors after mowing, so the larger tank will be appreciated. I feel this air compressor is well worth the asking price and I am impressed with its performance.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Strong, Good Size & Weight, good quality
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Review 7 for 20 gal. Portable Air Compressor
from Chillicothe, Ohio
Age Range:65 or over
Home Improvement Profile:Other
PostedApril 28, 2014
No, I do not recommend this product.
I have only had this air compressor for 4 months and have used it for approx 1 hour when the compressor froze up. I had to take it to a repair authorized dealer today requiring round trip amounting to 100 miles and an 1 1/2 hrs of my time to drop it off and then repeating this in two weeks if indeed it does get repaired. Needless to say at this point I am very dissatisfied.
Worked 10 minutes then motor died would not restart. Back to Home Depot is goes will spend a few extra bucks and see if I can buy an American made product or a quality brand. I guess the saying is true you get what you pay for .
I would recommend any other brand over this poorly designed compressor. We snapped this up after our 10 year old, pre-owned Craftsman bit the dust and it was broken within 2 weeks of purchase. Husky needs to quit lowering the bar. Avoid this product.
Pros: Easy to Use, inexpensive
Cons: Not Durable, poorly designed, broken within 2 weeks
The air compressor does everything as advertised. It is a good size and the handle and wheels make it very portable. The only cons are that it is loud and takes a while to fill up. I wouldn't expect it to fill up instantly but I've noticed that it takes longer than other 20 gallon compressors. The noise level also seems to higher than comprable 20 gallon compressors. All and all it has been good so far for a house hold unit. I like the easy-to-grip drain valve on the bottom of the tank.
I received the Husky compressor and put it right to work. I made a cabinet and first used it with my pneumatic stapler. The compressor only cycled once during the assembly that required about 50 staples. The real test came next. The compressor did great supplying air for my HVLP gun I used to spray finish the cabinet. The compressor is easy to move around and balanced well. It wasn't as loud as I expected it to be. Husky did a good job with the shroud over the compressor that baffles the noise. The vertical design has a small footprint making it perfect for a small shop. The only opportunity for improvement would be a larger pressure gauge on the regulator. It's small and is a 200 psi full scale gauge making fine adjustments a little harder. If you have a small shop or are a hobbyist this is the compressor for you.
I've owned many air compressors over the years but this is the first Husky and the first larger compressor I've owned. The Husky 20 Gallon Air Compressor is a stout air compressor that works very well.
The features I really like about this 20 gallon compressor are:
-Holding 20 gallons of air means the motor runs less than smaller models -The 1.5 HP motor has the power to fill the compressor without struggling; although it takes a while -The stout motor is oil-free and has no belts so maintenance will be minimal -Thick rubber tires and leg pads absorb most vibration -Large tires make transporting the compressor over uneven ground easy even though it is a big, heavy compressor -The hand grip on the handle is noticeably comfortable -The easy to read gauges indicate your psi level at a quick glance -The pressure adjustment knob is large and red which makes it easy to find and use -The power switch is located on the top right of the shroud with is convenient and it is also red which makes it easy to find
Although the compressor has a lot of great features, there is an area that can be improved upon; this thing is loud! If you are using it in a garage while you work, you have to discontinue conversation until the compressor motor stops running.
I plan to move this compressor to an insulated room in my basement and run an air hose to the garage. This will free up space in my garage and help minimize noise.
This is a great compressor that I plan to use for many years. Just be prepared for the noise output. I would recommend this product based on the noise consideration.
Pros: Easy to Use, Sturdy, Strong, Good Size & Weight
Just purchased this compressor and was impressed with the overall quality. Purchased at store with no damage to outside carton, so no damage to inside. Packaged very well with the only assembly is to install wheels. After powering up it took 7 min. to reach its max pressure of 150 psi. After reaching pressure I checked for leaks at all connections to find none. As expected the motor and compressor is rather loud in the garage, but is acceptable. Overall a nice compressor for the money.
First, let me say that I believe you get what you pay for, and that if you look at compressors on the HD site or anywhere else, you'll find that this model is at the very low end of the price range, costing considerably less than many similar or smaller models. So I was expecting to find some cut corners. But actually it appears to be a solid well-made machine, and has performed to all expectations.
The design of this unit is very convenient. A little over 3 feet tall, with a small footprint that takes up very little floor space in the garage, despite having a 20 gallon tank. I parked it under the breaker panel, where it obstructs nothing. Takes up no more floorspace than a much lesser pancake model or a small trashcan, and it has wheels, so you don't have to carry it! And those wheels will make it easy to lug around the yard and blow out the sprinklers in the fall. The handle makes a convenient hose reel, and a couple of zip ties will secure the hose to it to avoid pulling on the coupling.
Setup was easy: slice up the box and lift it off. Install the wheels while the unit is supported by the packaging, then drag it off and you're done. Those are shoulder bolts - the washer goes on the outside of the wheel, in case you're not inclined to read the instructions.
Some reviewers have carped on the smallish 1.5 hp motor. There is an advantage to that though:
1.5hp x 746w/hp / 120v / 90% efficiency = 10 amps steady running, disregarding any brief startup loads.
So you can plug it into a typical 15 amp home circuit, and likely not continually blow the breaker. In fact, mine shares a 15 amp breaker with a garage door opener, and nothing happened with both of them in use, which kind of surprised me.
The compressor has two pressure gauges, one before the regulator, and one after. One gauge indicates the pressure in the tank, while the other indicates the pressure you have set with the regulator. I did some testing, and you can set the output pressure pretty accurately.
The main thing I do with this compressor is light 'hobby' painting. For that, you'll want an air filter to remove water and dust. If you put QDs on the filter, you can mount it right to the outlet, it will clear the handle and pop on or off as you need it. No sense filtering air for car tires. The 20 gallon tank goes a long way toward smoothing out the air supply for a small spray gun. I wouldn't try to paint a car with a compressor like this, but louvre doors, cabinets, furniture, guitars, etc, are all well within its capability.
Two complaints about oil-free compressors are that they are loud and short-lived. Well, it is loud, you wouldn't want to stand next to it while it's running. 15 or 20 feet away it's not so bad, and it doesn't run for that long. Air tools are naturally noisy, you'll probably be wearing hearing protection anyway.
As for the life, too soon to say anything on that, but I expect that under light use it should have a long life. If you are a contractor, then you already know you shouldn't be looking at a machine like this, but for a homeowner it should be quite sufficient and very cost-effective. I've read that these Husky compressors are made by Campbell-Hausfeld, which is a well-established name in the business. When necessary, parts should be readily available, although at this price, replacing is probably a better option than rebuilding.
Some figuring on a napkin: 20 gallons equals 2.67 cubic feet. 150 psi = 11 atmospheres, the tank will hold 29.4 cubic feet of air. My airbrush requires 5 cfm at 20 psi, which makes approximately 23 cf to work with, and approximately 4.5 minutes continuous run time. A typical larger spray gun requires 4 cfm at 45 psi, which yields 18.7 cf usable volume, or again about 4.5 minutes continuous run time.
Of course, in real life, you would not be spraying continuously, but in bursts, and the compressor would be running on and off and hopefully keeping up with you. With some care you should be able to do any small or medium sized painting job. In fact, another reviewer even painted a pickup truck, in stages. By comparison, my scuba tanks hold between 85 and 100 cf, depending on the fill pressure.
Some more figuring: An average car tire at 35 psi holds about 1.3 cf of air. A full tank should therefore be able to inflate about 20 car tires from flat to full, and significantly more than that from partially full. Of course, the compressor kicking in would extend that number considerably. You'll never need to fill your tires at the gas station again.
I already own a good range of electric tools, and I do not plan to start over with air tools, so I can't say anything on that subject, except that if a 3 gallon compressor can run a nail gun, then a 20 gallon one should be able to. This compressor comes with nothing, so figure on adding at least $50 worth of hoses, filters, adaptors, and other bits to make it actually useful, if you don't already have all that.
The instructions say to drain the tank after use, but it is really only necessary to drain the water from the tank, shut the regulator and depressurize the hose. You can then do all sorts of odd jobs off the big tank, and only run the pump to top up the tank when necessary. That makes the unit much more convenient - essentially instant-on - and should greatly extend the pump life. I deal with 3500 psi scuba tanks, 150 psi or less in the compressor tank doesn't phase me at all. Fill-and-empty cycles are far more damaging to a pressure vessel than simply filling it and leaving it. Just make sure to turn the motor off, so if a valve or seal ever does fail, the pressure will just harmlessly bleed off without starting the pump. On a unit like this, I don't see why you would ever leave the motor turned on anyway.
Pros: All In One, Good Size & Weight, space-saving design, 20 gallon capacity, compatible with home wiring
This Husky 20 gallon air compressor is an excellent addition to my garage wood shop. It is completely portable with the built in dolly system but in my application I will be keeping it stationary. I have a smaller pancake compressor that I take on jobs but it's not always sufficient or accessible in my shop projects. I ordered the RapidAir system from Home Depot to make the transition to a fixed air system much easier. This will allow me to have three wall mounted air access ports with the room to expand. This compressor at 150 psi max and 4.0 SCFM at 90 psi is more than plenty for all my woodworking applications. And with the 20 gallon tank it will cycle much less than my pancake compressor. This of course will save on my hearing. I've used it with a few finish nailers, staplers, and even my framing nailer with outstanding results! I would say the noise of this while cycling is about average for a typical compressor of this size. The moisture drain valve on the bottom is easily accessible and is tool-less in operation. The instructions are adequate and the only assembly was bolting the wheels on. It comes in an oversized box with the product in another box. This allowed for adequate cushion protection from the shipper while in transit. Overall, I am very pleased with this Husky brand compressor from The Home Depot!
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, All In One, Sturdy, Strong, Good Size & Weight, Long-Lasting
Had is for about a month now. Unit is somewhat slow to build pressure and can take about 4 minutes to get to pressure. Motor is a little noisy also but that is to be expected somewhat with a oil less motor pump.
Build quality is great and portability is fine. Controls are easy to access as is the hose connections. Dialing in working pressure is also easy.
Over all not a bad garage or small shop compressor. The oil less motor longevity has yet to be determined though.
Pros: Durable, All In One, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight
For $200 this compressor is a steal. Also very light for its size. Ready to run right out of the box. No break in period. No oil so really no maintenance. Great to use with a paint sprayer or a nail gun. Sits on wheels so is easy to maneuver around. Drain/Release valve is on the bottom of the tank. Gauges seem sturdy and accurate.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Strong, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight, Long-Lasting
My wife purchased this for me on "Black Friday" for $150. I got it on Christmas. I opened it up and the only thing you have to do is attach the wheels with 2 bolts. Then you plug it in and turn it on. I plugged it in and it ran for about 3 minutes and then shut off. I checked the gauge and it read about 50psi. I made sure I had it set to 150psi. After a little bit, I figured out the switch on the compressor was shorting out. I brought it back to my local store and they switched it out with another one. I brought it home, opened it, and the whole plastic cover was broken into about 100 pieces. I went back again, and they switched it out for the last one they had. I had them open it in the store and plug it in to make sure it worked. So far, so good. Performs very well now with no issues so far (knock on wood!!). Good compressor for the money. Fills quick and not too loud.
Pros: Easy to Use, Sturdy, Good Size & Weight, Easy to Assemble
I've had this compressor in use now for about a month and have nothing negative to say about it. It works just as well as my larger Craftsman for anything that I can throw at it. Should have bought this one before I went to Sears and would have saved about $180.