Harbor Freight Air Compressor - 2.5HP 21-Gallon




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jasons1231: If you search around you can get these 21gal compressors for 149.99.  I have a coupon i am planning to use

Yoshiman__: I work as a cashier at Harbor Freight Tools and would like to say that I don't see many of these babies returned very often. It's the best value compressor we have.

snarlingrabiddog5150: Thats great! I think you'll like it a lot. Its hard to pass these compressors up and theres just not much of a reason to spend more unless you're a commercial mechanic. I use mine every day and as long as i change the oil and drain the tank, making sure theres ventilation when it is on, theres really not a lot that can go wrong. I highly suggest STEEL wheels if you plan on moving it around much. Plastic wheels will break under the weight. Congrats on the KILLER deal!

snarlingrabiddog5150: It should be working correctly. Laying it on it's side may have been an issue, but if you let it sit a day, I would think it would be okay.....still, its never good to lay it on it's side. From what you're telling me, it could be a regulator issue. Its also possible that you got a lemon; as with any product, that can happen. Harbor Freight is good about returns and exchanges. Keep me posted ;)

oiljerk: There was a Harbor Freight ad in Handyman magazine, and it had a coupon for this compressor for 149.99, and I had a gift card I had been hanging on to for 25.00 so it only cost me 125.00 plus tax out of pocket!! My old compressor was just that, old, and it gave up finally so this is a nice replacement, it's not as big as my old one, but it gets the job done, and for the price, I can't complain.

JSKmachining: Hey I got the compressor hooked up with a husky 300ft 1/2" impact gun. I can't more than 70ft pounds on a lug nut with it. I have of sey on 90psi and the gun on the highest torque setting. Am I doing something wrong?

snarlingrabiddog5150: Great! I think you'll like it a lot. Just drain the tank, change the oil and the basics and it should last a long, long time. If you can get it on sale and you have a 10-20% off coupon, they'll honor it (at least I think they will ;) I never changed the gauges out; they work so well and are accurate :)

oiljerk: I'm getting one this Saturday, glad to hear you're still happy with it and thanks for the video and updates!!

snarlingrabiddog5150: Be sure to let it level out for 24 hours. Add the oil and you're in business! The tools, I'm not sure about; I think it all depends on the application and usage that you'll subject them to. The great thing about HF is that they take returns and are good to work with, although I've never had to return anything yet :)

JSKmachining: Good to hear..I feel the same way. I have some auto projects coming up and im not spinning wrenches if I can help it. I just unboxed it. They told me to keep it upright for 24 hours. I had it on its side. Any luck with their air tools? Thanks!!

snarlingrabiddog5150: I use it every day and its running like the wind. I did an update video on it on the channel somewhere. I've seen a few people who say they hate them and I ask them if they ever tried one and their response is usually, "I'd never buy one of those from overseas". Its hard to slam something when they have never even tried one, haha. Mine has paid for itself in the first year and it outlasts some "US-made" compressors. For the money, thses are hard to beat and will do ya well ;)

JSKmachining: I just got this 2.5hp HF air compressor.. hows it holding up?

Steve Smith: Thanks im getting same one

snarlingrabiddog5150: Thanks for the tip for the fella ;) I'll keep that in mind as well on 15amp.

coxwilly: Plug it into a circuit with a 20 amp breaker. I had one doing the same thing on a 15 amp circuit, and once I switched to a 20 amp the problem stopped. It wasn't popping my 15 amp breaker but kept popping the reset on the compressor. Hope this helps.

snarlingrabiddog5150: I've not had that issue but I'm rather surprised that Harbor Freight would not take back an item until they give you one that works. If you just bought it, they should accept the return just like any other store. Mine has had no issues at all and I use it daily, but when I got it, I thought the gauges looked a little cheap; but they work great. It could be a regulator issue. Either way, if you just got it, they should take returns until they get it right. Tst another in their store.

TheJrogersp: I bought one just like this one and it would not get up past 40 lbs. and it would just shut off and pop the reset button so I took it back. Now on my second one and it is doing the same thing. Has you or anyone else had this problem? Have you any idea what the fix is? H.F. will not replace this one as I had the first one replaced. I would really appreciate any help.

snarlingrabiddog5150: I need to drain it more often. I've had a lot to do, but if you let the water stay inside, it can rust the interior of the tank from what folks have told me so I'll plan on draining it in the next week. You're dead-on right ;)

Landy Burkland: do you drain your tank after you use it ? i noticed both gauges were under 125..i ALWAYS empty mine after just about every use :)

snarlingrabiddog5150: Yes, it plugs into any 110 wall outlet. I love this air compressor. Its one of the best tools I use. I've had no issues whatsoever with it and I use it a LOT. Its paid for itself several times over. I DO highly suggest you buy steel wheels like I have on this one if you're going to tote it around. Even on small compressors, plastic wheels don't last long. Get a coupon and use it when you buy it on sale. While you're there, grab a couple of those wheels and they go right on.

EMT: Thanks! They sometimes skip corners and take the easy way. If they ever did that, I suggest you consult with a paralegal or lawyer. This way they won't be able to cheat you.
Rating:
Harbor Freight Air Compressor - 2.5HP 21-Gallon 5 out of 5

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