Hot Sanborn Air Compressor 30 Gallon Review

Sanborn Air Compressor

Today I’ve picked up a new air compressor this is a sand bore an

air compressor I bought this at princess auto and their labels they have a couple

of different labels I bought it for 550 their regular price label says 679 but

they advertised in the flyer I believe for 729 and then marked it down to 549

this is a 30-gallon it’s portable it’s 135 max PSI although they say that it it

will turn on at 125 charged up to 155 and then kick out at that point

it’s 5.5 CFM at 90 psi 6.3 CFM at 40 psi its 1.6 running horsepower and it’s a

dual voltage motor so you can switch it over and run it at 220 or 240 volts but

it’s set for 120 volts now this is apparently like a 15 amp motor so here

in Canada your workshop plugs are supposed to be 20 amp a lot of times in

your garage and stuff you’ll have 15 amp circuits but there’s their new thing is

20 amps so if you have this potentially in the cold when it starts up it may

trip your breaker so this is very common for the bigger compressors so once you

get past like the little guy compressors and you get into the bigger ones like

the the 20 gallons and hop even the oilless compressors now this is an oil

compressor with the twin air compressors in it right and it’s a single stage and


I’m not you know up on my air compressors like dual stage is obviously

better but you know I think that it compresses air on the down stroke and

the up stroke at the same time that’s my guess anyway so this one like I said I

bought it I had a 17 oilless Campbell house field and it was

really good and it lasted me for about ten years and finally gave up the ghost

the other day so I had to replace it so I went a little bit bigger I didn’t find

anything really decent at a decent price so I had to spend a couple extra hundred

dollars and get this one so yeah anyway so this compressor itself it’s got a

couple gauges it’s got the gauge the pressure of the tank and then you can

adjust the other gauge with this guy here and adjust how much pressure is

going to your tools because some tools operate at lower pressure some operate

at a higher pressure and you can regulate that with your regulator

obviously and then you have the off and on switch basically it’s off or auto

auto just means that one it needs air it’ll turn on it is a portable unit it

has some wheels it has a solid steel axle that’s welded onto the tank in

three places the wheels are plastic and they have

these really cheap caps on the wheels so they’re really awful

I haven’t obviously used it and been wheeling it around but with that setup

it’s really not meant to be wheeled around too seriously so you move it

around your shop and you have to move it here they’re fine but don’t expect you

to go cross-country with it also the handles on this one from moving it

around the handles are way too small it should be like have a nice big bar up

here so you can really grab a hold of it and move it and move it around these

ones you’re kind of off balance all the time and it’s either falling down or

falling back straight up right just because the handles are in such an

awkward position they should be longer so you have more leverage obviously

anyway so what it says in the manual I have the manual yes I look at the

manuals it says to open the they call it a pet or something yeah where’s it

where’s it was yes a pet yeah who came up with that anyway so I’ve opened

that at the bottom it says turn it on leave it running for 30 whole minutes

with that valve open at the bottom now it says a break-in period for the pump

I guess I’d it also right here that little gauge that shows your oil and it

says takes synthetic compressor oil what else is safe

synthetic non detergent air compressor oil all right and you have to make sure

that’s filled to the dot it’s either slightly below or to the top of the dot

but basically that the dot is your oil level line on this because they’ve they

have to turn it in that’s why they use a dot instead of a level line because they

could crank it a little bit too much and then your level line would look like

this anyway now sanborn I don’t really know much about sanborn it is they say

assembled with pride in Springfield Minnesota and the plot the plate on the

side that’s welded to the tank says it’s by Sanborn manufacturing Inc it says

here that they’ve been around since 1963 but I really I’ve never heard of them

before but I’m assuming princess auto you know sometimes they get some crappy

Chinese stuff but most of the stuff I get there is of decent quality and they

do have a two-year return policy so if anything really happens you can return

it but it’s really amazing like they have a two-year warranty

on this and then pretty much everything they have a great warranty and a great

return policy so that’s here in Canada obviously princess Otto and yeah so now

I’m gonna turn it on I’m gonna see if it works it says to keep it as close to

your breaker panel as possible and I’ve got about six inches of wires and the

plug from my breaker panel so I’m hoping that’s good enough like I say it’s a 15

amp motor on a 15 amp circuit and there’s a surge when you turn it on and

that’ll be worse when it’s frozen you know when it’s 15 degrees below or 20

below or more that’s in Celsius obviously and you know when it turns on

and the oil will be thicker and whatnot so anyway we’re going to turn it turn it

on we’re gonna let it let it run for 30 minutes with the valve open at the

bottom of the tank the drain valve or the petcock as it’s called that’ll be

open at the bottom of the tank and it’s just gonna be piston area at the bottom

and yeah anyway here we go Wow that’s not so bad it’s quieter than


I expected another thing I just wanted to say before I even turn this on I made

sure that the belt was to the proper deflection you have to make sure it’s

tight enough I made sure that all the bolts and nuts and things all over this

were all tightened up and then everything else appears to be good it

appears to be tight and we’re gonna check that after but here we go back to

the break-in all right so the drain valves right at the bottom the petcock

or whatever they call it is right down at the bottom and it’s really awful to

get to basically after lying on the floor to get to it now some people have

said that you can put another valve in and like how long pipe and stuff and put

a valve at the end of that which is probably a good idea but you wanted to

drain the water right so the water when you compress the air it will condense

water out of the vapor of the air and it’ll settle down to the bottom of the

tank and over time you’ll have to you know have to drain that out now they

suggest everyday you drain your tank that’s totally unrealistic nobody on the

planet is gonna do it and especially since it’s such a pain in the butt but

if you do it you know every couple of months or whatever you’re probably still

fine I’m what they’re concerned with is rusting in the tank and that you’ll

develop holes and stuff in the tank and that would be no good but yeah like they

should last a good long time so anyways so now what we’re gonna do is now that

we’ve got that closed so I’m going to turn it on I’m gonna measure how long it

takes for it to fill up from empty to full so let’s get the stopwatch here and

your work so it took six minutes point zero seven

seconds to fill from empty next we’re going to put the hose in it and I will

use the air gun the blow gunner and I’ll empty the tank until it turns on and

then we’ll run the stopwatch from when it turns on to when it stops and that’s

the recovery time so we’re gonna measure the recovery time so now is also a good

time to check for air leaks so have a listen put your ear around check to see if

there’s any leaks down below anything around here any of your connections okay

now this is a quick fit so this one’s just a push connect which is nice so

sometimes you have to pull them this one you don’t you just push it in okay how

quick that is this one I have to pull back to put on line one there we go so

let me get my stopwatch again and we’ll just use the blow gun and as soon as it

kicks on I got a press Start and we’re gonna measure how long it takes okay so

take the air out here’s your recovery time test

all right so the recovery time so when Simon kicked on to the time I kicked off

was 1 minute and 25 seconds so that’s pretty good probably a little bit better

than my old one that’s for sure anyway you could hear the difference

like this is a it’s still loud yes but it’s not as high-pitched and whiny as an

oilless one is also I don’t believe the Pistons move quite as quickly is though

oilless once it seems to be a little bit less speed – I’m not a hundred percent

sure that but that’s what it seems like to me in general observation anyway so

this is the animal so far you can actually feel that it’s kind of warm the

tank itself is kind of warm the motor is warm ish yeah the Pistons are you know

the case is a little bit warm it’s not too bad so don’t really want to hold

your hand against it this isn’t bad you could use your hand here but up here

it’s a little warmer overall it’s they’re cooler than I expected them to be so that was pretty

cool it didn’t trip my breaker at all

so far that I’ve used it and that’s a 15 amp breaker

now that doesn’t say that it won’t trip it it just hasn’t yet so so far I like it

and I’ll keep you posted if I have any issues with it I’ll let you guys know

but as for now it looks like it’s gonna be a thumbs up beast for me and really

if there’s any kind of issue that’s gonna happen it probably won’t happen

for quite some time so I’ll let you know alright anyway.


Source : Sanborn 30 Gal. Air Compressor Initial Review

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