Bostitch CAP2060 not turning over?

by Karl
(Worcester,MA)

Hi Bill,


I have a 2005 Bostitch CAP2060 pancake compressor. The compressor is not turning over. This issue occurs both from a cold start (no pressure in the tank or with pressure in the tank). Few months back I had this happen where it was struggling to turnover and you could hear chuffing, then it started working and seemed fine.

Then I went to use it again from a start and had the same issue but again seem to get started but when the pressure went low I heard buzzing then some chuffing (trying to turn over) and it also seemed it might have been burning up.

When it did run and seems to get itself going it ran fine keeping pressure and kicking on and off.

Would this be a cap issue? or another part of the motor?
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Karl, it sure sounds like a power supply issue.

Have you changed anything in the power supply.. using an extension cord, for example? Any other appliances using the same circuit as the compressor?

How about the intake filter... clean?

See the page on this site about testing the caps, do so, and then, if you would, post an update here telling us what you found?

Bill

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Bostitch pancake compressor will not start?

by Joe S.
(Charlestown, IN)

I have two Bostitch pancake 6 gal compressors that I bought new in 2007. Each ran for a while then would not start. I have never had them checked out, because I don't know anyone who works on them.
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Joe, the problem with lower cost DIY air compressors is, there isn't enough value in them to spend a couple of hundred dollars to fix them when they fail.

If you fixed air compressors, and your shop rate was $75 / hr, how could you justify spending two hours on an air compressor that cost $150 new?

However, now that I have vented :-), as a comment here, tell me about your Bostitch. When you say it won't start, what are the conditions? Air in the tank, power supply good... etc.

And, why not see the Troubleshooting page linked from the site map, about why air compressors won't start? See if the tips there apply?

Cheers,

Bill

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Jul 13, 2015
Small compresser won't start - now it will!
by: keith

I have 135 6 gallon compressor and had the same problem would not start most of the time so I stuck it over in the corner and went bought another one.

So a year later I decided to check the trouble shooting section. Lo and behold you are supposed to use non detergent oil and the fill line is critical filled to the top line and guess what, it's been working fine ever since!

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cap-2040 wont start ?

by Rich
(southeast Michigan)

cap-2040 power runs through switch can it still be bad or is there something else I should check it was in use and just stopped working
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Rich, without any air in the tank, if your air compressor is getting power past the on/off switch to the motor circuit, and there is no sound and nothing happening at all, then the next thing I would check would be the capacitor. You can do that. See the page on that linked from the site map page.

If that does not work, please post a comment here telling us what you found.

Cheers,

Bill

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I need to replace the reducer but cannot remove two of the screws to remove the cover of compressor

by steve
(pa.)

reducer is stripped. When I attempted to remove the two bottom screws on the cover they would not turn. I talked to two men working at Lowes. They said the screws must need a special tool be removed.

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Bill says...

Well Steve, you either ask them what tool is necessary to remove them, or you buy yourself a threaded screw removal kit to forcibly remove them.

Then, of course, any warranty you may have is gone.

When you say reducer, do you mean regulator?

Cheers,

Bill

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May 12, 2014
to steve
by: jim

Steve
Those bolts were tricky for me, I used two flat head screw drivers, as u could not get a long enough socket inside the hole. One end is 10mm I think and the other end you need a flat head screwdriver. Since I couldn't get the 10mm socket in deep enough to latch the bolt I used a flat head to jam the bolt from moving and used a larger flat head atime the other end which if you look in you'll see a hex nut with a straight cut for a flat screwdriver

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