After reading the directions we set the “quiet” selector to light duty, plugged in and turned on the compressor, and waited for an ear-bleeding noise to permeate the shop.
We were surprised. While it’s hard to imagine calling this compressor “quiet” when you’re standing right next to it, the lower-speed settings do indeed quiet it down significantly compared to other compressors. The benefits were most noticeable when we ran the compressor in a garage. On the “light duty” setting we almost couldn’t hear the compressor from front rooms of the house whereas another smaller pancake-style unit was clearly audible. It was definitely possible to hold a conversation while standing next to the Husky. Not so with the pancake model.
It does take a little longer to pressurize on the lower settings, but if you’re not using a high-volume tool there’s no reason not to take advantage of the lower noise level. This is great for when you’re working late. Sure, it’s not going to be whisper soft in the garage, but if you close the big door your neighbors probably won’t call the cops.
Between the 26-gallon tank and the compressor’s abilities we had no problem running any of the air tools. One of the most common mistakes people make in buying air tools is buying too small a compressor. We’re happy to say that these are a good match.
The air ratchet is solid-feeling, but is sometimes a bit difficult to fit into tight spaces because of the hardy handle and large head. This isn’t uncommon; many quality air tools are slightly larger than their cheap knock-off relatives, so if you’ve used good air tools in the past, you’re probably used to this.
It’s certainly not short on power, though. We wish we’d have had it around when trying to remove the square plug from the top of the manifold on the Yukon project. This absolutely rocks for removing exhaust bolts.
The impact wrench feels muscular and heavy, and it performs a lot like it looks. It makes gobs of torque. Our practical in-shop testing proved to be no match for the air hammers power. It could rattle and twist its way through anything we threw at it.
The tire inflator looks simple and easy, and that’s exactly how it feels as well. We found ours to be accurate to within a pound or two.
The die grinder and air hammer are, well, a die grinder and air hammer. We’d love to tell you more, but try as we could we just couldn’t find a practical project application for every tool that came with the Husky during our eight-week test. We did, however, fire ’em up and try a few quickie tasks with ’em, and we can tell you that they work like every other die grinder and air hammer we’ve ever seen. They feel solid and of good quality, just like the rest of the tools.
Read on to page four for our conclusions.