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Old 01-14-2016, 09:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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HF 60 gallon compressor coupon

Store manager told me there are coupons floating around that take it from $829.99 to $759.99 but I can't find one anywhere. Anyone have one they aren't going to be using?


Found the coupon:

Good until 1/25 if anyone else wants to use the code (code 23907760):

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Old 01-14-2016, 05:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not seeing any that didn't expire last year.
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I'm not seeing any that didn't expire last year.
Damn ok. Thanks! Debating on whether or not to wait it out or just go buy the damn thing. I've been looking on CL for used compressors but there isn't anything near me that's worth the money they're asking.
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I bought the Kobalt 60 gallon myself. Its $500 at Lowe's and has great reviews. Shoot you can get the 80 gal for a little more than the HF 60.

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Am I missing something? Why would you buy anything this "mechanical" at HF? I only use HF for throwaway tools... And even then, I have a hard time rationalizing that.

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Old 01-15-2016, 06:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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What's this?

60 gal. 5 HP 165 PSI Two Stage Air Compressor

Versus this?

60 Gallon Air Compressor - 2 Stage, 5 HP, 165 PSI

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I bought the Kobalt 60 gallon myself. Its $500 at Lowe's and has great reviews. Shoot you can get the 80 gal for a little more than the HF 60.
how is the kobalt 60 gal working out for you?
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how is the kobalt 60 gal working out for you?
I love it. Ive had it for only about a year but it works great. i make sure to drain the tank and lines of condensation after every use.
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Ive been looking at the Kobalt as well. I have been fighting my CH and the Husky i have. Both 60 gallon.

how does the Kobalt keep up with a die grinder? Is it fast to fill, etc.?
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Why not just buy a Quincy or Ingersoll Rand or some quality unit and be done with it for life?
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Why not just buy a Quincy or Ingersoll Rand or some quality unit and be done with it for life?
I'm not the op, but am on a similar hunt.

The lower end models in those lines don't seem to be a good value. As in, they're spinning fast, use reed valves, and are still pricey. I was leaning more towards Polar/Eaton myself (Chinese knock off of a Saylor beall). Low rpm, rebuildable, lots of features. Still cost about $2k for the 7.5 hp one I was considering.
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Why not just buy a Quincy or Ingersoll Rand or some quality unit and be done with it for life?
I bought a 60 gal Quincy and absolutely love it. It's quiet and can keep up with my cnc plasma with a hours long nested program. I think I paid $1000ish for it from a tractor store.
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The Harbor Freight is a Two Stage according to the Ad Copy, Vs Single Stage for the Kobalt... Though the HF unit is 15-16CFM at 90 PSI... Kobalt is 11.5CFM at 90PSI...

Home Depot has a Husky that matches the Kobalt for $489...

I bought an Eagle that delivers 30CFM at 100PSI, the Pump looks like a Harley V-Twin...
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To those questioning my decision to by this from HF:

I've spent the past 2 months reading reviews and comparing specs of all of the 60 gallon units under $1000. Based on output and reviews my search came down to 2 units.

Central Pneumatic 5hp 60gal
60 Gallon Air Compressor - 2 Stage, 5 HP, 165 PSI

Ingersoll Rand 5hp 60gal
Ingersoll Rand SS5L5 5 HP 60 gal. High Capacity Air Compressor - For Life Out Here

While the IR does put out a little more [email protected], the reviews made me weary about this compressor. The percentage of negative reviews to positive reviews was much higher than the HF unit. Many people have had issues with the IR unit just after the warranty ran out. Almost all of the negative reviews on the HF unit were from when the compressor was brand new out of the box which the 90day warranty will cover. Fortunately I have an HF location about 20 mins from my house so I won't have any of the return shipping/replacement shipping issues like some did.

At full price, the IR is only $20 more than the HF compressor, but this week's HF sale ad has the coupon I'm looking for that takes their compressor down to $749.99.

I'm picking up the HF compressor tonight. It may last a long time without any issues or I may get burned on it who knows. I'm willing to take the chance.
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For what it is worth I saw the one at TSC as well and passed it over, I ended up paying a thousand more but got a LOT more compressor for my $1000...
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Well got it home, unloaded, and placed in my garage. I noticed a few things as soon as I started looking at it. The compressor is already filled with oil and one of the motor cover plates wasn't all the way installed.

This makes me think that this is a return. However the cover for where the electric gets hooked up has never had the sticker peeled off as far as I can tell so I'm not 100% sure.

The store was closed by the time I figured this all out so I'll give them a ring tomorrow. I don't have my 240 run yet so I can't start it up.
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whatever you do, i'd run it for a short period of time on regular oil and then switch to a quality oil. It seems like there is a link someplace with a video showing the before and after sound levels for a compressor that was refilled with Amsoil compressor oil. This is what i am running in my Kobalt 60 gal compressor and a HF 21 gallon vertical that i got for free with a bad overload switch (21 gal. 2.5 HP 125 PSI Cast Iron Vertical Air Compressor)

edit: the video i remember is in post #22 https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/shop-...r-quieter.html
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I bought the HF 60gal about 7 years ago. It was a clearance and I used a 20% coupon. Less than 300 otd.

It been running the whole time, outside for the last 3 years. Runs any tools I want including my blast cabinet.
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whatever you do, i'd run it for a short period of time on regular oil and then switch to a quality oil. It seems like there is a link someplace with a video showing the before and after sound levels for a compressor that was refilled with Amsoil compressor oil. This is what i am running in my Kobalt 60 gal compressor and a HF 21 gallon vertical that i got for free with a bad overload switch (21 gal. 2.5 HP 125 PSI Cast Iron Vertical Air Compressor)

edit: the video i remember is in post #22 https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/shop-...r-quieter.html
Thanks for the video post. I plan on running synthetic after it's fully broken in.
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Well got it home, unloaded, and placed in my garage. I noticed a few things as soon as I started looking at it. The compressor is already filled with oil and one of the motor cover plates wasn't all the way installed.

This makes me think that this is a return. However the cover for where the electric gets hooked up has never had the sticker peeled off as far as I can tell so I'm not 100% sure.

The store was closed by the time I figured this all out so I'll give them a ring tomorrow. I don't have my 240 run yet so I can't start it up.
Installing my 240v line this weekend. I did call around to 3 different Harbor Freights and also stopped in my local one. According to the store managers that I spoke to, all of the units (including one straight off the truck the day before) were filled with oil from the factory. The one manager told me that they started about a year ago testing every compressor at the factory to make sure they were operable before shipping them out.
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This one here has alot of nice stuff going for it....any feedback?

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Ok so I've had the compressor wired up for almost a week now. Below is a list of items that I purchased at HF and my initial thoughts on them.

5hp 60 gallon compressor:
60 Gallon Air Compressor - 2 Stage, 5 HP, 165 PSI
Pros: The compressor runs very strong and creates tons of air. It will fill the 60 gallon tank to 155psi in about 8 minutes. Creates air faster than a blow gun can expel it at 90psi. Pump is made in Italy.
Cons: Owners manual states 24oz of oil capacity, actually holds about 44oz (created an extra trip to pick up more oil after break-in). No isolator pads included or even available at HF. Moisture drain pit cock is extremely hard to access (I replaced it with a ball valve/drain extension kit from Campbell Hausfield)

1/2" filter/regulator:
1/2 in. Air Line Filter/ Regulator with Gauge
This is a knockoff of the IR ARO unit.
Pros: Self-draining. Compact unit with wall mount bracket included. 1/2" in, 1/2" out. Easy to adjust.
Cons: Stated max input pressure is 140psi (I'm pushing 155 into it so we'll see how long before it gives in).

3/8" air hose:
3/8 in. x 50 ft. PVC/Rubber Air Hose
Pros: Extremely lightweight and flexible even in cold temps (was down to about 25 degrees here recently).
Cons: Brass ends feel cheap and will most likely fail. Size of hex on brass end is too thin and difficult to keep a wrench on it while installing couplers.

brass "industrial" quick couplers:
Brass Industrial Quick Coupler Set 5 Pc
Pros: ABSOLUTELY NONE
Cons: Extremely cheap, hex too small, restricts air flow so much that I had to turn the regulator up to 140 before my impact gun would act normal. I replaced them with quality units and the same impact gun works perfectly with my regulator set to 90psi. DO NOT BUY THESE.

EarthQuake 1/2" impact gun:
1/2 in. Professional Air Impact Wrench
Pros: Powerful (up to 700ft/lbs advertised). I haven't found a bolt it won't break free yet (we'll see how it fares when I pick up my next project). Lightweight composite.
Cons: None that I can think of.


Now to see if the compressor and other accessories can pass the test of time.
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Interesting review on the couplers. I had some on most of my lines and they seemed to leak from the get go but I put up with them until one failed and replaced all of my female ends with Milton's and have had no issues.I do remember some of my tools not running right with the HF connectors and it never occurred to me it was the connectors.
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