Campbell Hausfeld HL5402 Twin Stack Oil-Lubricated Air Compressor Review

Campbell Hausfeld HL5402 4-Gallon Oil-Lubricated Air Compressor

Oil-lube compressors run cooler and much quieter than oil-less units. If you are looking for an oil-lubricated air compressor for small projects, the Campbell Hausfeld HL5402 deserves serious consideration. It obviously cannot compare with a 60 gallon, double piston compressor, but the compact dimensions of this compressor make it very easy to transport from job site to job site. In this review you will find information regarding the main features of this little machine, along with some plus and minus points.

Powered by a 1.3 HP motor, the twin stack compressor provides 3.7 SCFM at 90 PSI and 4.5 SCFM at 40 PSI. It is sufficient for smaller tools that by their nature are used intermittently. The average CFM rating of brad nailer is 0.3 at 90 PSI. 3/8″ impact wrenches require 2.5-3.5 at 90 PSI. Air tools that are used on a continuous basis such as orbital sanders, die grinders, and sandblasters require a larger air compressor that provides higher CFM. This little machine can be a good compliment to a larger shop compressor.

As with most single-stage air compressors, it has a maximum pressure of 125 PSI. When its preset cut-out pressure is reached, the unit will automatically shuts off. It will restart automatically at its preset cut-in pressure as the compressed air is released from the tank. There is a safety valve that will release air automatically when too much pressure has built up in the tank. You can control the amount of air pressure at the hose outlet by adjusting the regulator knob. The outlet pressure gauge measures air pressure at the outlet. This portable twin stack compressor comes equipped with a 4-gallon steel tank. The pressure of the compressed air available in the tank is displayed in a tank gauge.

The single stage air compressor draws 15 amps at 120 volts. It compresses intake air to its final pressure in a single piston stroke. The cylinder is made from cast iron which is considered the most durable compared with die cast and solid aluminum cylinders. To prevent the motor from overheating, it comes equipped with an overload protector with a manual reset. If it becomes overloaded, the motor will shut off automatically. This oil lubed compressor might not be pro grade, but for do-it-yourselfers, it is sufficiently powerful. A compressor in this class suits applications such as brad nailing/stapling, finish nailing, air brushing, blow cleaning, and tire inflation.

The Campbell Hausfeld HL5402 is a dual tank air compressor. With a twin vertical tank design, it will take up very little floor space in the garage. Air compressors with dual tanks are not only very impressive looking. Twin tank tend to provide more stable air flow. Compressed air can be delivered consistently to your pneumatic tool. This also allows for better removal of moisture. Located on the bottom of the tank is a drain valve to remove moisture collected in the storage tank.

At this time of writing, the Campbell Hausfeld HL5402 has received some very positive feedback from its customers at Amazon.com. Out of 15 reviews on Amazon, 14 reviewers have awarded the double stack air compressor with either 4 or 5 stars. The fast recovery time is one of its most popular characteristics. Customers have also been impressed with the solid construction of the unit. Some negative comments have been made for the fact that the air filter housing is made of plastic. Further, it can be a bit loud with a noise rating of 88 dBA. But despite a few downsides, it has proven to be a great investment for many people.

The portable direct drive reciprocating compressor is not a machine that meets everyone’s needs. But if what you want is a sturdy, well-built portable air compressor for a variety of home and automotive jobs, then it is worth taking a closer look. With a current price of around $180, it is not too expensive for average homeowners.


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