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Old 10-08-2012, 05:00 PM   #1
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Ridgid Tristack Compressor Problems?


Anyone else with this have any problems? We've had it for about a year now, and it trips the built in breaker every single time it tries to start up. If you turn it off, wait for the circuit to reset, then kick it back on it will sometimes start. Even that doesn't work every time though. No matter if its on a 15a or 20a breaker by itself it still trips. When it does run, it seems to be bogged down really bad initially. At 77 pounds and these problems its becoming nothing more of a boat anchor at this point.

It's going back to HD, and if they don't replace/repair it we'll need a new setup. Any suggestions on a 6 gallon for moderate use? Not daily, but we do a fair amount of trim and framing up basements. Nothing to really push it to the limit.
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:20 PM   #2
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we got one the other day and haven't had any problems with it so far, aside from the weight. that thing is a freakin monster

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Old 10-08-2012, 05:44 PM   #3
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if by the tristack you mean the unit that can be set up in 3 different ways there was a thread about it a while back.. do a search
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I bought a 6 gallon bostich a few weeks back and couldnt be happier .Its quiet , runs very little ,and handled two framers and a roofing gun at the same time with no issues .Mine even came with a brad nailer ,staple gun and a finish nailer but I havent tried any of them yet ,but the extra tools priced out at what I bought the whole set-up for .
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I had a double dog stack and got rid of it after 7 mos 4 mos of use. It seemed like it was struggling to get back up to pressure (100psi) and taking longer, making a different sound. When checking out the warranty I found it was made by campbell hausfeld. If I'da known that, I'da just went to harbor freight or kmart and got one.
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If you're buying a new one have a look at the Makitas. Many guys, myself included, have them and love them. The only complaint is that they're heavy, but thats because they're oiled, built like tanks, and should last practically forever. They're very quiet, and fast enough that you can often get a smaller model.
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yup. your right about the makita. i believe tfb ghost says that their actually rebranded rol-air.. my next compressor is gonna be makita. currently running a twin tank hitachi oiled.. heavy but not as quiet as i was expecting for a oiled unit
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Sounds like it's not getting enough power. Are you running it off a extension cord? I always like to plug mine into a 20amp breaker. I have a Dewalt Emglo.
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Sounds like it's not getting enough power. Are you running it off a extension cord? I always like to plug mine into a 20amp breaker. I have a Dewalt Emglo.
We've tried every combination of ways to power it. Directly into 20 amp breakers, directly off a 20amp on a large generator, extension cord, no extension cord ...

I'll have to check out the Makitas. We have a lot of Makita stuff now, and I've never been disappointed by their quality and performance.
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One of my compressors is the Ridgid mini wheel barrow model. After about a year the breaker on the compressor would trip on start-up. I took the cover off and removed the breaker. That was about 9 months ago and have had no problems since. I did buy a new breaker online for 12 bucks but never installed it...need to do that.


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