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Puma air compressor

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02-08-2018 11:55:51

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I am looking at a new air compressor. The one I am looking at is at Northern tool. It is a Puma Model #PK6560VS. I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with these. They seem to have good reviews online but here I can get real world information.
I can't figure out how to make the link that works.

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02-09-2018 10:43:22

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 Re: Puma air compressor in reply to keith427, 02-08-2018 11:55:51  
I have a Puma similar to the one you are looking at. I've used it for painting, air tools and a little sand blasting. It has to work hard for sand blasting. No problems with it except the pressure switch failed. Cheap item and easy to replace. Mine is not very quiet so I built its own shed. Cast iron pump is the only way to go. I've had mine for about 8 years and still going strong.

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02-08-2018 16:13:04

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 Re: Puma air compressor in reply to keith427, 02-08-2018 11:55:51  
I have a Puma similar to the one pictured. It works okay for the home shop. I use mine strictly for my paint both. It it will keep up with my paint gun just fine. It would not keep up with any real air hogs like a blast cabinet. The only compliant that I have is the drain bung is 1/8" pipe and it is hard to get too. I added a short nipple, elbow and a longer nipple and moved the valve out two where I could get to it better. I had another compressor that had an 1/8" bung and it would not drain real well. It finally plugged up and I scrapped it. The replacement compressor has a 1/2" NPT bung so it really will drain.


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02-08-2018 15:23:14

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 Re: Puma air compressor in reply to keith427, 02-08-2018 11:55:51  
The other thing is NEVER buy an oil less unit. Most all of these if you change the oil once a year, drain the tank regularly, and clean the air filters, you should be fine. Don't skimp on the wiring. If the unit can be set up to run on 220 volts, Do it! Machine will work so much better. Just some good tips.

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02-08-2018 14:55:25

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 Re: Puma air compressor in reply to keith427, 02-08-2018 11:55:51  
It's probably a decent compressor for home shop use.

At least it is cast iron, that will give it some life expectancy.

They are pushing the truth on the horsepower though. A motor that pulls 17 amps is a 3 HP, not 4 1/2.

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02-08-2018 12:11:30

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