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Old 08-02-2017, 03:23 PM
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anybody buy a harbor freight compressor? are they any good? they have a five horse for $800 with stand up tank. my 30 yr old emglo finally totally crapped the bed.i cant rebuild the motor another time so need a new one that cost's $675 what do all say?
Old 08-02-2017, 03:25 PM
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Oil cooled? I will not buy another compressor with the plastic piston rings and no oil.
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I've had a 30gal craftsman for 15yrs.
Oil free. Bought it at Sears on sale for under I'm sure under $300 but can't remember exactly.

Runs in my dirty sometimes dusty garage and I live on the water so most things corrode but not this. I also hardly ever drain the tank which is typically recommended.

Served me well so far and as far as I'm concerned it owes me nothing at this point.
Old 08-02-2017, 03:33 PM
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Yea, I've had a 5 horse upright 80 gal for 10+ years and I've only replaced a capacitor on the motor.
Pretty pleased with my purchase, not sure if they are the same brand/quality today
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If you're used to an emglo you will not be happy with a HF.
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I am on my second HF air compressor. The first one I had lasted 25+ years and the motor started tripping the circuit breaker so I bought a new one. The 2nd one I bought 3 years ago and so far no problems. I keep the compressor plugged in all the time so it always has pressure. Back in December I got home from work and I could hear the compressor running, I didn't think anything of it. A couple of hours later I went outside and the compressor was still running so I went into my storage building to see why it was running so long. The coil air hose had split and the compressor couldn't build up any pressure. I have no idea how long it could have been running because we both work and leave early in the morning. The motor was hot so I think it had been running for several hours. I assumed that the motor was going to seize as soon and I turned it off but it didn't. I haven't had a single problem with it since.
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I've a 25 year old Rol-Air. Buy it once, or buy it twice.
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Originally Posted by ucf_motorcycle View Post
I've had a 30gal craftsman for 15yrs.
Oil free. Bought it at Sears on sale for under I'm sure under $300 but can't remember exactly.

Runs in my dirty sometimes dusty garage and I live on the water so most things corrode but not this. I also hardly ever drain the tank which is typically recommended.

Served me well so far and as far as I'm concerned it owes me nothing at this point.
I have had mine for 22 years!
Old 08-02-2017, 06:16 PM
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Have you looked on CL?

Fwiw.
Was with a friend at harbor freight today. Guy in front of us was buying a compressor. The clerk tried to sell an extended warranty, it was turned down. Clerk try to sell a shorter duration extended warranty, it was turned down, Clerk informed the purchaser the compressor only had a 30 day warranty.
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I use a puma from northern tool in my shop, runs hard 50 hrs a week, never one hiccup after 5 yrs. 500 ish dollars. 60 gallon 5hp, drain tank daily, do not run on 110
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I buy a lot of stuff from HF and surprisingly most of it has stood up well. And the few drills I burned out were in the 30 day return window. The only HF thing I have in the garage that I hate is a 3 gal compressor, the output can barley fill a tire.

If you get one follow the directions, you need to run it for 30 minutes before use.
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I would never buy anything that used electricity from HF. It's all crap.
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thought about it and ended up buying this craftsman for 150 off craigslist....
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I've bought several tools at harbor freight and they were total crap. I wrote that place off.
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I have plenty of tools from HF that have been awesome. Their compressors are very good and not made in China. I have a high speed buffer/polisher that had been ABUSED for 10 years and still works like new. Some paint guns, media polisher, etc. All have exceeded.
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the 21 gallon has an issue . Ask me how I know. And then look up online haw many people have issues with the 21 gallon upright. I have a 8-9 gallon from there that has been great its the same as the husky one from home depot. but for stand ups Id spend an extra hundred and get a good name brand
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I've had my Porter-Cable 25 gallon oiless compressor for 15 years. 5 years ago it got swallowed up by saltwater in Sandy. I pulled the cover off, soaked it in WD-40, blasted a bunch up into the plastic cylinder and figured I'd just run it until it blew itself up, in fact bought another used Crfatsman one just to have for when that happened. Well it'll be 5 years in Oct and it is still running perfect. Only thing that broke was the regulator, easy replacement. Now I have two and no need for the second.
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I have the best luck with Ingersoll Rand and the worst with Craftsman. The 5hp harbor freight you are looking at I think delivers 15.8 cfm at 90psi and to get something like that it would cost a couple grand to get a ingersoll Rand but that might be overkill for your shop. I use these at my shops and they have really lasted running 7 days a week for many years with only oil changes and emptying tanks. They only deliver 5.5 cfm at 90 psi though so may not work for you. http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...5221_200375221
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I have the best luck with Ingersoll Rand and the worst with Craftsman. The 5hp harbor freight you are looking at I think delivers 15.8 cfm at 90psi and to get something like that it would cost a couple grand to get a ingersoll Rand but that might be overkill for your shop. I use these at my shops and they have really lasted running 7 days a week for many years with only oil changes emptying tanks. They only deliver 5.5 cfm at 90 psi though so may not work for you. http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...5221_200375221

I have the same one and am very happy with it. HF stuff is good for limited duty/short term use. If I need it to last, I would look elsewhere.
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Not compressor but I was in HF last night and I think they've stepped up their game. In particular I was playing with a 1/4" ratchet, and for what it was - it was as solid and tight as a snap-on, at least the feel. If I didn't still have my 20yo Craftsman tools, I would have bought it. I'll probably buy it anyway next time.

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