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Harbor Freight compressors; alternative to ARB twin?

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by SendInTheCavalry, May 29, 2021.

  1. May 29, 2021 at 5:56 PM
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    I was at my favorite odds and ends store, Harbor Freight.
    I noticed these relatively small air compressors. 2-3gal..

    They are really compact and could probably be taken off of the “frame” and made even smaller. They would need to be run off of AC power. I think most guys have some kind of inverter..

    Anyhow what are your thoughts?

    https://www.harborfreight.com/air-t...-hand-carry-jobsite-air-compressor-64596.html
     
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    Personally I use ryobi 1gl w/6Ah also have a spare 4Ah
    ^HF compressor looks good too
     
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    As a comparison to the ARB twin, the ARB twin puts out 6cfm, where as it looks like this Harbor freight only puts out 2.

    The twin would still be way faster, and enough to run many air tools.

    Not saying for sure to buy a twin over this; just highlighting one big initial difference that I see.
     
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    ^ good observation how many air tools will you run on this set up if any

    Also $500+ vs $160 vs $60 vs $120 just sayin
     
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    The 4Runner inverter is specified at 400W. That’s about 3.3 Amps. These AC compressors will probably exceed that, plus consider the surge current when powering them on.
     
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    If it's the same inverter that was in the 2nd gen tacoma it will trip the 400w stock inverter if the pressure is already built up. At least it would with the 1 gallon one I have and my old taco. It'll build pressure initially, then trip when it goes to pump again against the 80 or 90 PSI already in the tank. It's amazingly quiet though. If you had a larger inverter/battery setup already it'd be a solid option.
     
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    HF compressor is 7.1A.

    Good luck running that from the 4R outlet.
     
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