ROLAIR Air Compressor Quick Start Guide

Follow our quick start guide for optimal performance.

So, you just purchased a brand new ROLAIR gas-powered belt drive air compressor and you want to make sure you start off on the right foot, right? Check out our Quick Start Guide for tips on setting up and starting your new favorite piece of equipment. Scroll down for an equally effective run-down of the starting procedures.


  1. Ensure filter is installed hand-tight and intake port is free of any debris. Clean or replace filter as necessary.
  2. filterMost ROLAIR compressors come pre-filled with oil. Check oil siteglass before starting and add if necessary. See manual for fill amount and oil specifications.siteglass
  3. Fill with fresh, regular unleaded gasoline with a minimum of 87 octane. Leave 1-inch air gap between fuel and cap.gas


  1. Leave unloader valve toggle down AT ALL TIMES.step1
  2. Open drain valve(s).step2
  3. In cold temperatures, close choke (left).step3
  4. Open fuel valve (right).step4
  5. Power On.step5
  6. Pull cord.step6
  7. Ensure choke is completely open during operation.step7
  8. Close drain valve(s) after unit warms up.step8
  9. Always operate in a level position.step9



4 thoughts on “ROLAIR Air Compressor Quick Start Guide

    • Hi, Juan. Thanks for reading the blog! There could be several causes for what you’re describing. If you’re still having the issue and would like to troubleshoot it, give our service department a call at 920-349-3281 or email

    • Hello,

      Thanks for checking out the blog. Each owner’s manual is supposed to include an insert called the Quick Start Guide, which includes starting instructions in English, French and Spanish. You can download a copy here

      Let us know if there’s anything else we can help with!

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