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U12HCCL Compact Air Compressor

Kobalt - U12HCCL Compact Air Compressor

This Kobalt compressor includes a mounting bracket and is also designed to hang on the wall in a shop

$179.00 (As of 7/12/2012)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: Compact Compressors

review date: July 12, 2012

Feature: The Kobalt compressor is meant to be used as a portable compressor but also includes a mounting bracket and is designed to hang on the wall in a shop. It has a sturdy, tough look to it, and includes a roll cage, a cord wrap, and a small compartment with foam cutouts for storing accessories.

Flaw: The Kobalt compressor is rather bulky to be portable: tall, big, and heavy - it really would function better as a stationary unit mounted to the wall. Itʼs not the loudest compressor at an average of 86 dbs, but it has a bit of an unpleasant whiny sound to the motor, and vibrates quite a bit when it kicks on. The ball valve drain is located on the very bottom, and the compressor must be lifted up in order to get access and open the drain.

Bottom Line: The Kobalt is a decent compressor. It doesnʼt appear to be the most quality construction and I wonder how long it would hold up over time as a portable compressor. I think it would function fine as a small home or shop compressor, and it certainly has enough power for standard trim work as well as filling tires and other smaller air tasks.

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Editor Test Results:

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Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Kobalt
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number
Weight N/A
Dimensions N/A
Volume 1.7 cfm @ 90 psi
Tank Size 2 gal.
Oil/Oilless Oilless
Tool Capacity N/A
Motor Size 1 HP; 5 AMPS

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