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post #121 of 127 Old 08-08-2006, 06:33 AM
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Originally Posted by spyderbyte
Damn, which Checker's did you go to? I've been to the one near 494 and Old Rockford Rd several times and didn't even think to look for one. Maybe I'll call around and see if any are still available somewhere



I went to one in Eagan off Yankee Doodle Road just east of 35E. It was the last one they had there or at least that was sitting on the shelf. If you check around they may have it on the top shelf near the accessories.

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post #122 of 127 Old 11-06-2006, 10:44 AM
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Harbour Freight compressor

I just picked up this compressor at Harbour Freight this weekend:

It was on sale at 49 bucks when I got it.

It draws 30amps(hence the alligator battery calms), and does 1.3 CFM at 40 PSI. So far it works pretty well, I was able to air up my 31" from totally flat to 37 PSI(over inflated becuase I didn't expect it to work so well) in about 3 and a half minutes. It's not a York or a quickaire, but this thing definitely works about as fast as the CheckerAuto compressors that I've seen.

I'll take pictures when I get home tonight.

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post #123 of 127 Old 11-06-2006, 07:23 PM
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About 2 months ago I picked up the MV-50 at Pep Boys, except now it is called the MF-1050. Works great for me so far, but I think I am going to do the T-fitting mod with 2 hoses so I don't have to move it around as much.

It will take my 33 x 10.50's from 10 psi to 30 psi in 2 1/2 minutes, right on the dot.

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post #124 of 127 Old 11-07-2006, 01:50 AM
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Okay, finally back home, and I got a chance to take some pictures of the Harbour Freight compressor I bought:

Packaging and all:

Came in a nice hefty carry box:

What's packed in the box:

The output end has a quick connect connector for the air hose.(there is a pipe that goes from the compressor head through the carry handle)

Compressor head up close(the head also gets pretty hot during air up)

This is a pretty hefty unit, I'm guessing the motor itself is about 3 inches in diameter

The switch and power cable coming out the backside of the motor

Air hose with the quick connect and a screw on tire stem infaltor(no more having to hold on to the air chuck while waiting for the tire to air up)

Harbor Freight quality!

Spec sheet: 1.35CFM at 40 PSI and 1.05 CFM at 80 PSI:

Okay, with all this said and done, I've did some more research into this compressor and here's the kicker...

I think this compressor is a rebadged version of a VIAIRcompressor either the 400P that goes on Amazon for $273:

Or the VIAIR 300P that goes for about 160:!ProdID!16675!Cat!609

The reason I think so is because when it comes down to it, the compressor head looks exactally the same, as well as body style with the rubber antivibration pegs and the steel base. Even the air up hose/tire valve is the same, as well as simliar specs to both compressors. Plus it's also wicked fast!

Anyway, this is my impression of the Harbor Freight compressor. But with all things Harbor Freight, your milage might vary.
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post #125 of 127 Old 11-07-2006, 12:09 PM
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I've looked at that little HF compressor. I'm leaning towards getting the 2 gallon portable compressor that Home Depot has. It's rechargable, so hopefully one charge would get it done...

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post #126 of 127 Old 11-09-2006, 03:24 PM
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Just an update:

I've been using one of the MV50 compressors originally mentioned in this thread for about a year now. A part from a single blown fues on the latest outing it's given me zero problems. And once the fues was replace the compressor kept on chugging.

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post #127 of 127 Old 11-09-2006, 05:16 PM
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Just an FYI:

I just picked up both the Harbor Freight one last week, and the Superflow MV50 (from 4wheelparts) arrived yesterday. I'll be doing a comparison on them tomorrow.

(I also built a "2air" setup for about $20, so I'll be testing that also.)


I did the test. Here's the link.

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