Multiple fails Central Pneumatic 69434 Airbrush Compressor

by Robin Meyer
(United States)

69434 Airbrush Compressor

69434 Airbrush Compressor

I have had to exchange my Central Pneumatic Airbrush Compressor five times, two within the last month, for overheating.

The first three wouldn't turn back on once I turned them off.

One started smoking and the most recent one had sparks flying and smoke billowing out the end within 5 minutes of turning it on.

The item number is 69434. Could you please tell me if this is a common occurrence for this unit? I even bought the extended warranty for the first one but that has since expired. I'm running out of options here! Please help!

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May 26, 2016
by: Doug in

Robin, what Bill said.

To be fair, the MSRP of this thing is 189.99, and HF does seem to have fairly small margins.

Anyway, if you read the reviews with the date in mind, it may well be you have gotten a run of old stock, and the newer ones are better.

If you go back, try looking for one in a slightly different box - those may be the "good" ones. But get the warranty anyway.

May 26, 2016
69434 Airbrush Compressor failure
by: Bill

Well, no... it's not normal for an air compressor to act as your 69434 Airbrush Compressor has done.

The sad truth is that there may be an entirely bad batch of compressors of this model shipped over from - I presume - China. I can't see these compressors being built anywhere else given that they RETAIL for $89.99 including sprayer, accessories etc. I emphasize retail as HF is making a margin on this compressor, the distribution company from China is doing so as well, the manufacturer has a margin... all this means that the net cost to manufacture this compressor may be in the $30 range, including cost of accessories.

Do you think it's possible to get a "quality" air brush compressor that costs that little to make?

You are, unfortunately, held as a quality hostage by the cost of your air compressor. You may have to spend a bit more to get a better quality unit.

Good that you purchased the extended warranty. This were mine, I'd get the last one fixed or replaced, ensure that it runs, sell it off, and get an air brush compressor of greater quality.

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