Kobalt Air Compressors

For those not in the know, Kobalt air compressors are made for the Lowes Home Improvement store chain.

When using a browser to search for information on Kobalt air compressors, the returns will take you to http://www.kobalttools.com, which suggests that the Kobalt company is a separate company from Lowes. However, since the Lowes store locator is found on the Kobalt site this is likely not the case.

We infer that the Kobalt line of air compressors is still being built for the Lowes stores chain by a number of different air compressor companies, rather than being a stand-alone company owned by Lowes.

We know that at one time the Kobalt air compressors were made for Lowes by Campbell Hausfeld.

Coleman Powermate made the Kobalt air compressors some years back as well. Who makes the Kobalt line of air compressors for Lowes now? If you know who is making the Kobalt air compressors currently, please add a comment at the end of this page.

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Kobalt 2 HP – 30 gallon air compressor Photo: Lowes.com

In 2014, Lowes offered 12 models of air compressors, 10 models of which run in size from 1 1/2 HP on different sized tanks through to a 5 HP on an 80 gallon tank. The other two are application specific tire filling models.

Who Fixes Kobalt Air Compressors?

Lowes sells Kobalt air compressors, they don’t fix them. It does not appear as though there is any formal after sales service network for Kobalt compressors. Since the Kobalt line of compressors has been build by a number of different air compressor manufacturers over the years, knowing which company made your Kobalt compressor is always a challenge, so it is not easy for you to get to the manufacturer to try and find service that way.

What we suggest is that you visit the Lowes store where you purchased your compressor, and ask them if they have a local compressor repair shop where they send air compressors for repair under warranty. The store may or may not have such a source.

If no luck there, browse to find a compressor repair shop in your city. Many of the compressor repairs needed for air compressors such as the Kobalt are common to many brands and a good shop should be able to help you out.

Kobalt compressor manuals

Kobalt air compressors come with a manual when they are new. If you have an older model, with packing and paperwork long gone, or are acquiring a used Kobalt air compressor, getting a manual for it is important.

Kobalt / Lowes doesn’t seem interested in helping customers with their Kobalt air compressors. No information is available from their website about compressor manuals.

If you can get the information from the Lowes store where you bought your compressor as to what company actually made the compressor you purchased, contacting that company will generally result in getting a manual.

If your Kobalt air compressor is a Powermate model, you can visit the Powermate manuals page, find the model that looks like yours, and download a free manual here.

 Your thoughts on Kobalt compressors

If you are using a Kobalt air compressor, others would be interested in your experiences. Feel free to add a comment.

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2 years ago

How do I request a SDS for Kobalt Air Compressor Oil-221008?

4 years ago

i have an old stand up kobalt compressor with rubber tube tires. How do you remove the tires? I need to change the tube in one and cannot get the darn thing off

5 years ago

Kobalt air compressors = JUNK.Have had 2 Kobalt compressors.Both were nothing but trouble.If you ever happen to need parts for one,good luck.Youre better off finding out which company built your compressor and dealing with them because Lowes/Kobalt couldnt care less.Never again will I spend my money on thier trash.

5 years ago

Stay as far away from Kobalt power tools as you can. Complete JUNK !!

5 years ago
Reply to  Ski

They are (recently, anyway) made in part, by Campbell-Hausfeld.

5 years ago

I just recently purchased a Kobalt two-stage air compressor, model # XC302000, item # 0905519. (May of 2019)
The booklet states that it takes 15.2 ounces of oil….I purchased a 16 ounce bottle of Kobalt synthetic compressor oil, and it’s still low.
Does anyone know how much it takes?
It also says I can use Mobil-1 10W30 synthetic oil…Can this be mixed with the Kobalt brand synthetic oil? I actually have some of that, on hand.

7 years ago

Just bought 60 gallon Kobalt today June 2017.

Stamped in the air tank says ” certified by twin lakes tanks”. If you google them they are Campbell Hausfeld

7 years ago

i wanted to change the oil in my Kobalt 30 ga air compressor that is oil lubricated. i pulled the drain plug and nothing came out, but the eye oil level says full. can anyone explain this. please email me if you would and i do appreciate your help. thanks robby

7 years ago

I purchased a 20 GAL. OIL-FREE AIR COMPRESSOR Kobalt MODEL #0332041 in January 2015. Compressor is loud as a freight train. And I’ve had the regulator head pop out of the manifold 3 times now. Regulator has external threads and screws into the manifold, and they are both made of aluminium. I’ve cleaned the threads, put loctite on the threads even applied some J.B. Weld. And the Little sucker only last so long. Complete waste of time, money and hearing.

7 years ago

I’m trying to locate the complete on / off switch assembly complete for my 60 gallon 240 volt air compressor.