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Anyone else have one of these? Just picked one up for $129 today and am getting 240 volts run and some oil for it. I don't think it's a bad deal at all for the price.
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I got tired of the little 2 gallon one I have.
Oh yeah. It's for wood working. Brad nailers, and maybe I'll find an air powered router some day.

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Got it connected to 240 volts, put Husky oil from HD in it, and connected the air line. Turned it on and it filled the 21 gal. tank to 120 psi in 2 minutes or so. Noise level is acceptable. Ran a mini die grinder for several minutes with the pressure staying at 90 psi. Not a bad unit for the price. Ought to be good to go for a long time now.
HF also has the same unit that runs on 120 volts.

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Hi Mike

That's great now comes the fun time, I'm sure you will use air all the time now like air drills,,they will put most drills to shame and now you can make a sand blast cabinet or just buy one they are cheap now days,they work great on signs, etc. (back ground stuff) not to say anything about cleaning up old tools and equipment up quick and easy..

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Got it connected to 240 volts, put Husky oil from HD in it, and connected the air line. Turned it on and it filled the 21 gal. tank to 120 psi in 2 minutes or so. Noise level is acceptable. Ran a mini die grinder for several minutes with the pressure staying at 90 psi. Not a bad unit for the price. Ought to be good to go for a long time now.
HF also has the same unit that runs on 120 volts.



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hi Mike

if i hadnt bought one a few years back, id definitely want one.

at the time i bought mine (which was a pc) i bought a horizontal ac. i would definitely rather have the upright, but at that ime, the porter cable uprights were oilless.

i wanted a compressor that you put oil in.

but it cost me about 370. after buying quite a bit from harbor freight, i would buy one in a minute.

as bobj said, you will now be buying drills, impact wrenches, grinders etc.

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I have the 2 hp 8 gallon portable set up.
Got it as an "as-is-where is" customer return from HF two years ago for $25.00.
YUP TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS LOL !
The mechanically challenged fella that purchased it before me apparently could not figure out how to set the pressure and returned it as damaged goods. Niether could the teenage employees at my local HF so I got a steal of a deal on it . Has never failed me yet.
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I've got a "craigslist special", a very old (cheap quality) 7gal 1hp C-H for $20. I've still got my air tools from several years ago, when I had a 33 gal, 3hp unit. Ever since I sold the 3hp compressor I've been drooling over the 5hp I-R. Maybe some day!

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Hi Mike:

I don't know if 240V will help or not. In the past year we've gone through 3 compressors: a little 2 gal Makita lasted about 15 minutes before starting to get more than rather warm, a Campbell Hausefeld 13(?) gal which burned up in about 90 minutes, and finally a 20 gal 2 cyl belt drive Mastercraft that ran almost continuously for several weeks.

Here's the rub: light duty <20% run time the integrated compressor/motor units are fine for little stuff, brad nailers etc. <30% run time is (in my mind) medium duty but can only be supported by 2 cylinder belt drive >5 h.p. 120V.

We removed mortar from several hundred concrete blocks and slightly over 1,000 brick using a 7 C.F.M. pneumatic hammer. Interestingly enough, when it came to putting on the roof of the workshop I had to drag out the 2 cyl job. The little Makita couldn't keep up with the coil nailer.

I wouldn't try to put a sand blaster behind the HF one. Lots of storage but huge recovery time. Also, don't forget you'll need air dryer, air filter and in-line oiler for attached equipment. BTW, good luck with finding out how all this stuff works together. I've still yet to find instructions on how to setup and adjust the oiler. I've also got several in-line filters and other gizmos in the compressor junk box that I have yet to identify let alone use.

It sure would be handy if there was a source of information on setup and use of compressors. The big stuff comes with a manufacturer attached for all setup and maintenance. The little stuff comes with a huge void.

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I have compressor experience from my work days. Many of our building control systems were pneumatic. I should be OK. Thanks.

Doubt I'll be using a sand blaster. Bob keeps trying for me to get one.

This one is rated 3.5 cfm continuous @ 80 psi. Enough for my uses. Mainly tires and a couple small grinders. I had a CH 2 gal unit that wouldn't fill a tire without needing being pumped up. Sold it on CL for $30 yesterday. For the price of $129 I wasn't going to pass this one up. My next problem is figuring out where to keep it.

When I picked this one up I didn't realize it was a 240 volt unit. It didn't make any difference since I'm wired for it.

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I have compressor experience from my work days. Many of our building control systems were pneumatic. I should be OK. Thanks.

When I picked this one up I didn't realize it was a 240 volt unit. It didn't make any difference since I'm wired for it.
Hi Mike:

I didn't know that that size was available exclusively for 240V. Do you have the manual? Is it possible it's wired for 240 but can easily be rewired for 120V?

I'm sorry I never meant to imply anything other than my lack of knowledge and experience. I often point out my gafs in the hopes someone will help fill in the blanks. Sometimes it works.

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Not sure if it can be rewired. They make a 120 volt model also.
Prices have jumped up to $199 and $219. Current sale price is $169.
I used the coupon in a mailer I got for $129.
240 volt is black

120 volt is red

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