Sanborn air compressors were manufactured originally by the Sanborn Manufacturing Company in Springfield, Minnesota. Their brand of compressor then was the Black Max air compressor. After some years Sanborn Manufacturing was acquired by Coleman Powermate, Inc.

Subsequently, the Black Max air compressor line was discontinued as the original Sanborn brand.

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The Black Max then became the Powermate brand of air compressor.

MAT Industries, LLC then purchased the Coleman Powermate plant in 2008. According to the, “MAT Holdings, Inc., is a $600 million privately held company supplying hardware, air compressors and automotive parts and accessories in North America and worldwide. MAT Holdings, Inc. is currently headquartered in Lincolnshire, Ill.” You can get more information about MAT industries by visiting their site:

Now, Powermate appears to be offering the Sanborn air compressor brand Black Max again.

Then, in late 2017 there was rumor floating around the internet that Sanborn / MAT holdings, makes the Kobalt brand of air compressor for Lowes, too.

Tracking down information on the Sanborn compressor is quite convoluted. If you are seeking information about support for your Sanborn, you could try contacting them at to see if they can help.

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This is the Sanborn air compressors information page allowing owners and users of Sanborn, Black Max or Powermate air compressors an on-line location to ask questions relating to their Sanborn air compressor operation or problems as well as to provide each other advice if they can.

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