felipe maldonado: Haha I fell asleep after listening for 5 minutes . Then I woke up when it
Jake Rhoten: im looking at the harbor freight small pancake compressor for my airbrush,
but im concerned about the noise level. is it loud?
Geoffrey Morrison: I note this 3-gal model every time I visit HFT. (Don't get CH's 1-gal.) For
topping off my tires outside, I obtained the HFT 5-gal airtank, instead. It
appears to function OK--fittings are somewhat cheap. (Not for pros!) To
drain water, instructions indicate removing the hose and plumber-taping it
to reinstall--I'm afraid that after every use re-install will kill any
remaining integrity of the fittings, though. What I should have done was to
install the dryer on my compressor beforehand....
Jake Rhoten: cool
origionaldz: @ncrdisabled Yes its a pretty long fill time, but it is a 29 gallon tank.
It will usually never be empty though.
Geoffrey Morrison: This isn't directly related: Some time ago, I noted that Porter-Cable sold
refurb 6-gal pancakes online for about $100. That compresssor model is
really poplular--it's oil-free, though. (Oil-serviced compressors last
longer.) Perhaps Porter-Cable sells other compressor refurbs, too. I
haven't checked again in a long while. I wouldn't know about how PC gets
compressors to such retail customers, though: Free shipping?
Peter Hewel: I need a compressor that can sustain 125 lbs pressure for 60-90+ seconds. I
clean air ducts with a 1/4 hose and a skipper ball. The feed from the
compressor is 3/8 to a check valve. The air drives the line down the duct
and when I pull it back, loosens debris. Could this do that? The loose
debris is pushed by the system and sucked up by a vacuum about 2x the power
of good shop vac. Thanks.
Geoffrey Morrison: Better tools often are stolen, too. Thieves prove more likely to overlook
HFT tools--they can't get much for them used. Even if shop HFT tools fail
and need re-purchasing, your shop-guys definitely come out ahead. Hand
tools don't fail very often. Power tools: Reviews help. Other makes offer
their problems, too. Quality has improved over the years,: The PRC now
focuses on pear-head rachets--the other type is rare. Pear-head proved a
huge favor from US makers: A crumb or two, please!
redbeard0183: i wonder if there is a way to get more air flow to the top of the pump
head. i notice mine gets to 160-170 degrees and the sides where the
fan/pulley is blowing it it gets to about 130 degrees. i wonder if the
temperature difference will damage the pump over time? hopefully it doesn't
overheat this summer when i'm using it.
origionaldz: You probably should but I leave the air in it. I just drain the tank to get
the water out periodically.
origionaldz: @redbeard0183 Do you run it continuously or do you let it build up enough
for it to take a break. I can tell you most twin piston compressors use
this same design, I have a gas powered one too I will have to take some
readings on it and compare, that one always runs. I would just keep up on
the oil changes it should be fine.
ncrdisabled Submarine vet: Man thats a long fill time . good thing it has a big tank.
jparks4081: I thinking about buying this one this weekend. Do you like it so far ?
PudgyK: My buddies run a custom motorcycle shop and they are becoming well known
too. Guess where they got every single one of their tools.. HF. :)
origionaldz: Yea, when the tank is empty she takes a bit to fill completely up, top off
isn't that bad though.
anthony diodati: yeah,i got a "good" Sanborne compressor, ~ 20 gallon, but the tank has a
pinhole. Cheapest 22 gal. tank I can find is close to $300.00 & shipping.
Hate to take a chance on craiglist, might get a tank thats ready to leak
again. Is the HF compressor still holding up well? The reviews seem good,
but do the really post the bad reviews?
weeeesssss: Do you have a sense of how noisy it is? does the manual have a db rating in
origionaldz: Mine is still holding up pretty well, its due for an oil change again. I
had one problem where the automatic shutoff contact stuck closed and kept
running, luckily the pressure relief valve opened and no harm done. I have
it in the basement and was working outside with the air and I didn't know
it until I went back in the house. Other than that its been ok. I can't say
for sure about the bad reviews. I had a bad experience with harbor freights
customer service both in store and on the phone
origionaldz: @jparks4081 I like it. For the price and what it does it really can't be
beat. I haven't had the chance to use my sandblaster or sander with it yet.
If you do purchase it make sure you drain and refill the pump oil (so far
me and another person had metal shavings in the oil before we even used it)
and tighten the head bolts per the manual. I haven't had the chance to
really hardcore use mine yet but for everything I used it for it's fine.
hardyhandshake: How do you feel about this compressor now?
PudgyK: They sell an air brushing compressor, gonna buy it soon. Looks legit.
redbeard0183: @origionaldz i haven't even started using it yet. lol. i got the garage
rearranged and the compressor put in its place sunday. i've been making
trips to the hardware store buying fittings to plumb in the filter and
oiler and ran a line to the hose reel on the other side of the garage. the
temperature reading was just after filling the tank to pressure test the
GrayWraith: I am looking at this compressor too. I am hesitant because it is sold at
Harbor Freight. What kind of reliability has everyone seen?
redbeard0183: if i did the math right thats about 5.99cfm.
Geoffrey Morrison: It's a business, and it's likely a good decision. If they buy Snapon or
something like that, they face financial crucifixion! (Craftsman, Kobalt,
etc. comes from the PRC, too--what's the point?) Note what's happened to
guys who relied upon tools during the financial meltdown: To get an idea,
visit pawnshops which try, in vain, to unload the millions of tools they
have now. Snapon, MAC, Matco, Craftsman (even their large and fancy rolling
tool caddies)--and practically anything else, too....
anthony diodati: yeah, but l guess your really supposed to drain it after every use,are you
Harbor Freight central pneumatic 29 gallon 2hp 150psi air compressor model 68127 0-150psi run4.7
out of 5