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Forum topic by Raymond posted 08-10-2010 10:18 PM 1004 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-10-2010 10:18 PM

Good afternoon everyone. Here I am hard at work, pondering a new compressor. I was looking at a Sandborn 60 gallon compressor at Menards 399.99 no regulator 11cfm at 90 psi. I run the usual nailers, small spray gun, die grinder, that sort of stuff. By the time I add the regulator and assorted connectors and a 220 outlet I am over 500.00 easily. I looked at Home Depot, they have the same stuff. So I go to thinking about Harbor Freight. On there web site is this http://www.harborfreight.com/air-tools/oil-compressors/4-hp-29-gallon-120-psi-compressor-65903.html

Description

Long-life oil lubricated compressor with precision machined cast iron cylinder sleeve.

■Twin capacitor start motor with thermal overload protection
■Built-in dual quick connect couplers and dual pressure gauges
■Oil level indicator window for easy maintenance
■Pulley driven V-shaped pump for long life
■Overweight Item subject to $89.95 additional Freight Charge
240 volts, 60 Hz, 23.5 amps (start up), 12.5 amps (no load)
120 PSI max
Air delivery: 8.74 SCFM 40 PSI, 7.70 SCFM 70 PSI, 7.47 SCFM 90 PSI, 6.67 SCFM 115
20 ft. stripped power cord ready for 220 volt plug connection
Overall dimensions: 18” W x 22” D x 42” H
Air outlet: 1/4”-18 NPT

For the price $369.99, maybe a 20% coupon, it might be worth considering.

Any thoughts. Anyone have one. Any feed back would be great. I have bought several tools from Harbor Freight and had good luck.

-- Ray


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#1 posted 08-12-2010 03:06 PM

Anyone with any thoughts?

-- Ray

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#2 posted 08-12-2010 03:50 PM

Check the CMF’s of your tools to determine what your CMF usage requirements are needed. Also think about possible future tool needs as air sanders tend to be air hogs. What may seem to be a better deal now may not be down the road. As for regulators I bought HF’s moisture/oiler regulator for $20 and have been quite pleased with its performance. Myself for the price difference I’d go with the 60 gal. unit as they are both 220 volt systems. The money you save in shipping going to Menards will pay the price difference for the compressor and regulator.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#3 posted 08-12-2010 04:00 PM

Somehow the terms “precision machined” and “long life” don’t seem to work well with HF stuff. Having said that, my HF dust collector is still kickin’, and I think that they have a pretty good return policy.
Bill

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#4 posted 08-12-2010 05:03 PM

Not a huge fan of HF, however i do have one of their air compressors. Mine is a little smaller and it is electric. I have been using it for 3 or 4 years and i have no complaints

-- RKWoods

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#5 posted 08-12-2010 05:15 PM

we upgraded with a Husky 60 gallon, like new shape off of CL for 250.00. So from experience, I love the 60 gallon for spraying with. Seems to give us consistent results. Before our previous air compressor struggled to keep up.

However, in the future I am sure I will want to add a high quality Dynabrade pnuematic sander. I just get tired of wearing out electric sanders in production style. Knowing that, we will have another upgrade in our future, hopefully not for another couple years though. Just something to consider.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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#6 posted 08-12-2010 05:48 PM

Long-time reader, first-time poster…hope my 2 cents is worthy.

I am not trashing HF in anyway. However, I would NEVER lay down that kind of lettuce for ANY of their powered tools. They have found their niche in cheap hand tools/hardware/implements, but would you buy a generic big-screen tv from Dollar General for $1000?

I’d go to Lowe’s or HD with a 10%-off coupon in tow and buy Kobalt/Husky for about the same $$ and have that built-in warranty the big-boxers offer.

Good luck with your decision…

-- "I'm an early bird and a night owl. So I'm wise and I have worms." -Michael Scott

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#7 posted 08-12-2010 06:05 PM

I would look at craigslist or some of the auction sites. IRS AUCTIONS.COM, PUBLICSURPLUS.COM OR INTERSCHOLA.COM and find a good used one. There are hundreds of them out there with very few hours of use. I would also stay away from the non oil lube models, I have one, and it is louder than a 747 taking off.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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#8 posted 08-12-2010 06:36 PM

Thanks for the advise. Not sure what way I am going to go yet. I have a Harbor Freight 60 miles from here, Menards is just around the corner and so is Home Depot, I didn’t think of Lows they are about 90 miles from here. Thanks again.

-- Ray

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#9 posted 08-12-2010 07:29 PM

HF compressors have an excellent reputation, search the web. I have one for many years and I am very happy with it,. When my shop is finished I shall buy a larger one.

-- Bert

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#10 posted 08-12-2010 07:30 PM

Quincy, screw air compressors just never die

-- Bert

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#11 posted 08-12-2010 07:31 PM

CessnaPilotBarry< I have been buying HF tools for over 20 years ,as I remember, and I always had very good luck with them.

-- Bert

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#12 posted 08-12-2010 07:33 PM

CessnaPilotBarry< I have been buying HF tools for over 20 years ,as I remember, and I always had very good luck with them.

-- Bert

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#13 posted 08-13-2010 03:11 PM

I think i am going to go with the HF compressor, I to have had great luck with there tools. Touch wood I have not had a bad experience. I have a 20% off coupon. So that makes it even more attractive. Bert you said when your shop is fininshed. I was always under the impression our shops are never finished. Or at least that is what I tell my wife. It’s always just one more tool.

-- Ray

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#14 posted 08-13-2010 05:41 PM

Raymond, please leave me my illusions; I hope that one day I shall be done with my shop.

-- Bert

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#15 posted 08-16-2010 03:45 PM

Hi Bert, I have the same illusions. Just one more tool I tell my wife, why with the hollow mortiser I can make these square holes in no time. Think of all the time I can save. Oh and with a thickness sander I can sand so much quicker. I can save so much time. And then with….it goes on and on and on. I don’t know how my wife stands me.

-- Ray

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