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Model: PK5020VP
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4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5
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Application
Consumer Grade Air Compressors
Style
Portable - Vertical
CFM
5
CFM Rated @ 90 PSI
Tank Size
20
Gallons
Cast-Iron Pump
More durable and longer life than aluminum pumps

Reliable Performance
Splash lubricated pump
Swedish steel valves
Manual reset overload protection

Space Saver
Vertical tank is perfect for space saving storage

Oil Sight Glass
Quickly check pumps oil level with ease

Dual Voltage Motor
Wired for 115-volts or easily converted to 230-volts

Portability
Large wheels and handles allows for easy mobility
Motor
Voltage
120/240 Volt AC
Phase
1-Phase
Magnetic Starter
No
Engine
HP
2
Engine Low Oil Shut-off
No
Pump
CFM
5
CFM Rated @
90 PSI
Pump Material
Solid Cast Iron
Pump Type
Single-Stage
Max PSI
135 PSI
Oil Sight Glass
Yes
After Cooler
No
Pump Drive
Belt Drive
Oil Type
Oil Lubricated
Pump Low Oil Shut-off
No
Tank
Tank Size
20 Gallons
Tank Outlet
1/4 Inch
Electronic Drain Valve
No
Tank Orientation
Vertical
Overview
Weight
183 Pounds
Product Length
45 Inches
Product Width
17 Inches
Product Height
23.5 Inches
Consumer Warranty
1 Year
UPC
0636084150210
Model
PK5020VP
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  1 Question
Q: STEVE,MY QUESTION IS:THE PUMA #PK5020VP & INGERSOLL #P1.5IU-AP ARE THEY THE SAME UNIT ? IS ONE BETTER THAN THE OTHER? DO THEY HAVE THE SAME MOTOR AND COMPRESSOR UNIT? CAN YOU ADVISE?
THANK YOU, CHARLIE

by CHARLIE from New Mexico on November 08, 2011

A: I understand your confusion- it seems all the little companies have been eaten by the big ones. In this case, they are different companies.

The big difference between the two is that the Ingersoll unit is built for continuous duty (sometimes called 100% duty cycle). That means it can run for very long periods of time without the motor or the pump overheating.

That extra performance is what accounts for this unit being 50 pounds heavier, too.

Continuous duty units are used for high volume sprayers, large sanders, industrial applications, etc.

The Puma unit is sturdy and dependable, but it is meant for tools that use air intermittently, like framers, nailers, and impact wrenches.

The manufacturers don't tell us which brands of pumps and motors they use. You could try calling them directly to find out: Ingersoll Rand Tech Support is (800) 866-5457; and Puma can be reached at (901) 744-7979 (that's Memphis, TN).



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Puma PK5020VP Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
5/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (3)
Reliable (3)
Price (2)
Easy To Store (2)
Features (1)
Cons
Low Quality (2)
Durability (2)
Expensive (1)
Unreliable (1)
Bad Instructions (1)
78% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Jim, the Air Compressor Expert
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Total Reviews
234 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
3764 Helpful Votes
Air Compressors Direct Recommended

This unit from Puma earned our Good slot with its sturdy construction and value.

It has several features found on more expensive air compressors, like an oil sight glass, Swedish steel valves, and a cast iron pump.

We also like that it can be plugged into a regular 115V outlet, or easily converted to 230V service.

The vertical tank takes up less space, and it's easier to move around than a horizontal tank. All-in-all a good combination of features and price.

Jim Recommends This Model
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Chris R.
Purchased from Air Compressors Direct
Purchased 10/20/12
Total Helpful Votes
22 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
13
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Nice Compressor
I bought a Craftsman 20 gallon vertical, it was always out of air and constantly running. Louder than hell, too.

I sold it to my neighbor and bought the PUMA. While using a blow gun it never gets below 80 psi, and has a great recovery. It is a lot quieter, also. I wish I had never wasted my money on the Craftsman.

The only problem, is it is not made in America.
Jim, the Air Compressor Expert
Product Expert
Chris,
You can enter "Made In USA" in the Search box for units that meet this legal definition (85% or more of the parts must be made in the US; it can't just be assembled here). They tend to be more expensive, however.
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Mark
Purchased from Air Compressors Direct
Total Helpful Votes
15 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
12
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Just What I Wanted
The home owner model I wanted was limited because I needed the 240v option. This one fit the job although the only wiring diagram was on the back of the motor cord lid.

Also don't forget to buy oil, and break the unit in- no air compressor load for at least 20 minutes.

After using I turned the power off and so far no leaks in air for a week. There is a convenient water drain at bottom side of tank. Solid rubber wheels. The belt guard is good and sturdy unlike Chinese brands I compared... more
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151
Charles K.
Kaukauna, WI
Total Helpful Votes
19 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
09
2013
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Hard Time Getting Service And Parts
Good luck trying to find service for replacement parts for a PUMA A/C. The worst customer service I have ever experienced.
Jim, the Air Compressor Expert
Product Expert
Charles,
You may want to try contacting the folks at Puma directly; their number is (901) 744-7979.
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195
Tom E.
Lacey, WA
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
17 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAR.
06
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Puma Compressor High Quality
I have been running this unit now for a couple months and it's running good. I put the tank for my old piece of crap Harbor Freight unit in line to give me some additional capacity and the thing fills up quick and quietly compared to the old Harbor unit.

"Penny wise and pound foolish" was never truer! Glad I found this unit. Shipper was great too.
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Tom
Salem, MO
Purchased from Air Compressors Direct
Purchased 12/25/12
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
FEB.
27
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
All Good So Far
I am no expert on air compressors, but I like this one so far. It is nice and quiet, and looks like it is made well.

It's about the perfect size for my little wood shop. I am happy with it. It's a good little air compressor.

It is definitely better than the one I was thinking about buying at a big box store.
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100
Kim M.
Burleson, TX
Purchased from Air Compressors Direct
Purchased 6/13/13
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
26
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Value
I received this compressor as a Father's Day gift and have been using it for projects ever since.

I am very happy with my compressor.
Pros: Easy To Use, Quiet, Price, Reliable
Cons: Bad Instructions
Kim Recommends This Puma Product
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Stan L.
Alta Loma, CA
REVIEWED
MAR.
27
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Happy So Far
I researched home/shop air compressors for several months. I seemed to always come back to this model.

After receiving the delivery, which the delivery company was great, I put the compressor to work. The unit is fairly quiet, a lot more than my last compressor. The pressure built in a short time to the 135 lbs. it claims and I used it for the remainder of the day.

I am very happy with my choice and the unit powered my accessories with no problems. This is not an industrial compressor.... more
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Michael S.
Santa Rosa, CA
Purchased from Air Compressors Direct
Purchased 6/6/13
REVIEWED
JUL.
18
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
The Puma Works Well
I do bowl turning and I use the air compressor many times a day to blow of chips and clean up my work area. It works great! It is close to me and it does make noise while pumping air, but given the close proximity it is not that loud. I can blow off things 5-6 times before the pump starts up again.

I might go for a 30-40 gallon compressor next time. Hopefully, that is many years out!
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, Easy To Store, I'd Buy It Again
Michael Recommends This Puma Product
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81
Rodney
Purchased from Air Compressors Direct
Purchased 1/9/13
REVIEWED
MAR.
23
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Easy To Move & Store
It is very good compressor for small around-the-house jobs. It's easy to move and store.

I would like to have a compressor with more CFM, but I don't have the room, and they are too hard to move.
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83
Eric
REVIEWED
JAN.
11
2014
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Poor Quality
I initially purchased a PUMA PK-5020VP air compressor to finish a basement in a home I owned. Unfortunately, before EVER using it, my job was transferred to another state and I simply stored my compressor to be used at a future date.

When I finally plugged this thing in, it worked great - the first time. The 3rd time I used it, the brass check-valve on the side of the tank blew out an obvious factory defect in the casting of the valve.

Upon contacting Puma's sales and service, I have... more
Pros: Light Weight, Easy To Store
Cons: Low Quality, Durability
Jim, the Air Compressor Expert
Product Expert
Eric,
This unit has a 1 year Factory Warranty, so you can contact the folks at Puma directly at (901) 744-7979 if you are still within the warranty period.

Please be sure to have the serial number of your compressor handy when you call them; you may also need a copy of your original invoice.
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Sonny
Purchased from Air Compressors Direct
Purchased 4/10/13
REVIEWED
MAY.
28
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Value
Very pleased with the performance compared to similarly priced compressors.
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