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Oil type for air compressor

What type of oil should be used in the small air compressor $129.00 Supposed to check the site glass, not sure how high level should be, nor what kind of oil to use to reestablish level.

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You can go to any Home Depot and buy compressor oil for your compressor. Your operators manual should tell you what the level should be, however if you don't have one, filling it with oil until it fills the glass tube about half way should be sufficient.

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