bought oe of their pancake compressors - for a spare, light-duty work
at a "second" shop. But would buy a Porter Cable (had for nearly ten
years now doing lots of projects without issues) or similar for my
first pancake compressor. I had a 30G Craftsman that has lasted twenty
years ad still looks new and works just fine. Must admit that I am not
a contractor, just a hobbyist.
WARNING, HFT Heat Guns suck. Not only suck air in the rear and blow it
out hot from the front as you might expect, but fail with very little
use. On my second unit and it hasn't lasted six months! If you do get
one, beware teh duty cycle. I suspect it's less than thirty seconds of
continuous operating at High Heat setting.
Harbor Freight specs all thier tools to meet minimum requirements. In the
case of a clamp, screw driver, hand wrench or other item of that type,
disposable is ok if your on a budget. I have my share of junk tools for
purposes that are "one time" or "Infrequent" use, and they are fine for
that. When it comes to a big ticket tool like a compressor, table saw, drill
press or the like . . . I always save up and go for name brand. I've never
been sorry that I spent the extra money for a top grade tool, or at least
the ones that matter. I ended up with a Rigid compressor, only for the fact
that I plan to use it very infrequently, but still wanted a name brand tool
to ensure a safety margin and some reliability. I don't even think of Harbor
Frieght when I am considering a serious purchase. Thier stuff is strictly
for one time, very infrequent, or when it doesn't matter if the tool works
properly. I did purchase one of the Mini Machine lathes they sell . . . And
it operates just like the piece of junk I paid for . . . But it did manage
to do the job it was bought for, even if it took twice as long to get the
accuracy that a good machine would have achieved with very little effort.
Working with Harbor Frieght tools is like sawing wood with a dull blade . .
. You may eventually get the job done, but it won't look be easy, and the
result may not be what your looking for. But then . . . are you building a
birdhouse or a church?
Offered in the spirit of friendship and respect :)
On Friday, June 10, 2011 11:33:40 AM UTC-7, busbus wrote:
I bought this air compressor on the Richland washington store. It had a spe
cial sign on it for $100.00 ! I bit and bought it. I plugged it in and t
ried it. It would not work. I tried and tried and finally it came on. The
n it froze up. That has been a year ago. I dug out my receipt to take it b
ack. BUT, the receipt said "AS IS "! Nothing about that before I bought
it. Not a thing on the sign outside. Am thinking Harbor Freight is not on t
he up and up ?
It looks like a direct drive (no belt). Those tend to be very noisy.
I had a similar one and it later needed a part. It took 2 months to
get it as it had to come from China. Sold it and bought a used belt
driven one and have not had any problems with that one.
On Sat, 01 Mar 2014 13:11:04 -0500, woodchucker wrote:
I bought a similar HF compressor years and years ago. When it arrived the
starting capacitor had become disconnected in shipping. Fixed it and the
compressor has worked fine every since.
Also, does it has oil?
I am wondering if you guys should just call the OP and see if he is still alive. Responding to posts that are nearly THREE years old aren't always productive use of your time.
Of course, he could still be waiting to hear from you...
On 3/1/2014 12:57 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Take the motor off and see if it runs for 20 minutes w/o a load, the
motor might be the problem.
If not, then find out what is going on in the compressor section.
Take that apart might be a bad ring.. they use rubberized, (silicone o,
teflon, or others for rings and that's how they stay oil free. Maybe the
ring broke and is binding.
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