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stevejack

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09-28-2021 06:00 AM

I bought a 26 Gal. Cobalt Quiet tech air compressor not even a years ago from LOWES. It’s got a 3 year kobalt warranty. The regulator is not leaking so bad it empties all its air very fast. Lowes says there is nothing they can do and to deal with Kobalt. Kobalt says they will send me a new regulator but I will have to pay the shipping and there is a infinite wait on back order. In other words you will never get that Regulator.

Many You tubes have shared the same say they have got the same treatments and the regulators only last a couple of months. Some have got to great links to jury rig one out of parts. I shouldn’t have top jury rig up a damn thing on a brand news compressor.


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#1 posted 09-28-2021 06:50 AM

I have read many of your post over the last few years. I believe you are cursed. Sorry.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#2 posted 09-28-2021 10:26 AM

Do a little more research on where the leak actually is. My Craftsman only lasted a year. I thought it was the little pin valve thingie with the thin hose under the regulator, but it was the bypass. ( much cheaper) Compressor parts are generic.

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ManySplinters

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#3 posted 09-28-2021 02:14 PM

Looks like your lines are horizontal going in and out of the regulator.

I went through multiple regulators on another brand before realizing that the horizontal line feeding the regulator was steel and not brass. The steel rusted and the resulting trash would ruin my regulators one by one… Swapped it out for brass (thought I’d swapped all the lines earlier but missed this one) and haven’t had any more troubles.

Your mileage may vary…

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bigblockyeti

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#4 posted 09-28-2021 02:41 PM

Take it back.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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stevejack

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#5 posted 09-28-2021 03:26 PM

One of the YOUTUBERS called that metal CHINESIUM!!


Looks like your lines are horizontal going in and out of the regulator.

I went through multiple regulators on another brand before realizing that the horizontal line feeding the regulator was steel and not brass. The steel rusted and the resulting trash would ruin my regulators one by one… Swapped it out for brass (thought I d swapped all the lines earlier but missed this one) and haven t had any more troubles.

Your mileage may vary…

- ManySplinters


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stevejack

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#6 posted 09-28-2021 03:30 PM

I finally got a hold of someone at KOBLAT told me they would send out a replacement but cant tell me a delivery date. I think I will wait for it after all the compressor is still usable but all the air leaks outwith on an hour. This compressor gets hot to!

I plan to rebuild the entire regulator parts with new ones just cant now.

I am so glad nothing you buy any more works at all


Do a little more research on where the leak actually is. My Craftsman only lasted a year. I thought it was the little pin valve thingie with the thin hose under the regulator, but it was the bypass. ( much cheaper) Compressor parts are generic.

- tvrgeek


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stevejack

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#7 posted 09-28-2021 03:33 PM

When and if i get a replacement I plan to take the broke one apart see it I can pout in REAL parts

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#8 posted 09-28-2021 05:13 PM



Take it back.

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Kudzupatch

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#9 posted 09-28-2021 07:05 PM

Welcome to the new world order. Qualty and customer service be damned.

Doesn’t matter if is woodworking, construction, lighting, auto parts. Quality is going down hill dramatically and no one seems to care. But that is why I always return stuff when I can.

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats* www.kudzucraft.com

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squazo

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#10 posted 09-28-2021 10:26 PM

I bought a brand new craftsman and have the same issue. Its easy enough to buy a new regulator for 30 bucks and replace it. Now I totally agree that its BS (not talking bout band saws here) that you would have to do it but its really easy to do it.

also its pretty easy to open it up and grease it which usually seals it up pretty well. maybe swap out some or rings and sand imperfections out of sealing surfaces.

i haven’t done either yet this time but have in the past.

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#11 posted 09-28-2021 11:56 PM

I’ve got a older Craftsman made by DeVilbiss that the same thing happened to recently… although it is probably 10-12 years old, so certainly not a new model. But it was a simple fix in the regulator where a nylon washer had cracked. Unfortunately, you can’t just buy that 10 cent washer, you have to buy the whole regulator. So I just cut a new washer out of a plastic coffee can top, which worked just as well.

But yes, your experience is not ordinary and you should make them uphold the warranty. That is what it is for.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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LeeRoyMan

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#12 posted 09-29-2021 02:50 AM

I get the principle regarding having a warranty, but my air compressor wouldn’t be down while I spend my time arguing over them fixing it and/or waiting for a part, and still having to pay shipping for said part.

Go to the store, buy a new regulator, or what ever it needs and fix it is what I would do myself.

Machines require maintenance, in my opinion it’s more important to keep up and running, maybe not so for a home shop though.

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#13 posted 09-29-2021 08:36 PM

It’s too bad that in these times ”YOU DON’T GET WHAT YOUR PAID FOR”!

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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tvrgeek

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#14 posted 09-29-2021 09:18 PM

A lot of folks like the California Air units.
Compressors get hot. Basic physics of compressing a gas and of the big motor to do so.

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#15 posted 09-30-2021 01:45 AM



It s too bad that in these times ”YOU DON T GET WHAT YOUR PAID FOR”!

- oldnovice

It’s what you get when trying to build back better.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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