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Offline skfarmer

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harbor freight fortress ft26175 air compressor
« on: September 25, 2023, 06:12:46 PM »
i keep a portable air compressor in my back machine shed for blowing off equipment, airing tires, etc. some time over the last few months it quit working. i suspect the motor but it really needed to be replaced anyway. no shields, questionable tank and possibly older than i am.

this followed me home yesterday, a fortress, 26 gallon, 175 psi oilless compressor. i wanted a vertical as it will take less space and the old horizontal was a bitch to move around. it will only see occasion use in an unheated building so i thought oilless would be the ticket. as a bonus the quiet feature is true to life. it is unbelievably quiet.
« Last Edit: September 25, 2023, 06:40:05 PM by skfarmer »
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Re: harbor freight fortress ft26175 air compressor
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2023, 06:16:04 PM »
the only issue i had out of the box is the lack of a shut off valve. it may sit for weeks or months, so a handful of fittings and a valve made that happen.
« Last Edit: September 25, 2023, 06:40:40 PM by skfarmer »
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Re: harbor freight fortress ft26175 air compressor
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2023, 06:18:08 PM »
keeping track of accessories is a pain. a scrap of aluminum and few minutes time solved that issue as well.
« Last Edit: September 25, 2023, 06:41:03 PM by skfarmer »
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Re: harbor freight fortress ft26175 air compressor
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2023, 06:23:33 PM »
i had the new red hose on inventory and the yellow coiled hose, chuck, air nozzle and gauge were on clearance as a package at tsc for ten bucks.

the roll cage protects the controls, gauges and couplers pretty well.

it was on sale for 360 so i have barely 400 hundred in it total.
« Last Edit: September 25, 2023, 06:41:26 PM by skfarmer »
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Re: harbor freight fortress ft26175 air compressor
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2023, 07:14:06 PM »
Nice, sounds perfect for your use. Best of luck with it and hope it lasts as long as your old one.

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Re: harbor freight fortress ft26175 air compressor
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2023, 07:58:04 PM »
Very nice work Harlan, and the CFM specs are pretty damn good for an oil-less compressor. For occasional use, you did well.

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Re: harbor freight fortress ft26175 air compressor
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2023, 08:29:00 PM »
Nice compressor!

I'm sure you've seen these before. But these are very handy.

If course you could always make your own with a regular blow gun and some brake line....

https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/BK_RG1002BK?cid=paidsearch_shopping_dcoe_google&campaign=GSC-Tools-Equipment&campaign_id=8553470562&adgroup_id=107047174069&adtype=pla_with_promotion&gclid=CjwKCAjw38SoBhB6EiwA8EQVLnR4CYtRfDa0EzJfphZJ3NKJIgINlYGVU7lfWXSgH0rg81kCxsL8eRoCMRkQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&



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Re: harbor freight fortress ft26175 air compressor
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2023, 08:58:44 PM »
Muddy, thats exactly what I did, but with copper tubing hose-clamped to a 1x2" furring strip of wood for rigidity. At 6' long, I can dust off the mower deck on the riding mower from 4' away and not get dusty.

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Re: harbor freight fortress ft26175 air compressor
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2023, 10:13:22 PM »
Nice compressor!

I'm sure you've seen these before. But these are very handy.

If course you could always make your own with a regular blow gun and some brake line....

https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/BK_RG1002BK?cid=paidsearch_shopping_dcoe_google&campaign=GSC-Tools-Equipment&campaign_id=8553470562&adgroup_id=107047174069&adtype=pla_with_promotion&gclid=CjwKCAjw38SoBhB6EiwA8EQVLnR4CYtRfDa0EzJfphZJ3NKJIgINlYGVU7lfWXSgH0rg81kCxsL8eRoCMRkQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&



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i made something similar years ago and use them on occasion. i have a variety of blow guns in different lengths and styles but the one i use when i really want to move stuff is a four-foot chunk of copper tube with an air coupler attached to it. no valve, no handle, just straight through. of course, not osha  approved.

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Re: harbor freight fortress ft26175 air compressor
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2023, 10:20:17 PM »
Very nice work Harlan, and the CFM specs are pretty damn good for an oil-less compressor. For occasional use, you did well.

i have no illusions that it will keep up to my 80 gallon 2 stage but it should handle most jobs quite well. it should be quite handy to have a unit that can be easily moved. i have a smaller 1 1/2 gallon hot dog style oiled craftsman but it is pretty limited on capabilty and it will make your ears rattle. it is amazing how quiet it is. i was shocked and believe the claims are totally accurate or at least my ears tell me that.

the spots to wrap the cord and hang the hose is a nice touch as well.
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Re: harbor freight fortress ft26175 air compressor
« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2023, 08:02:04 AM »
Nice pick up and fixes.  :bravo_2:
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Re: harbor freight fortress ft26175 air compressor
« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2023, 08:18:48 PM »
Looks great.

I bought a 10 gal Fortress hotdog compressor back when I got my taxes and I really love that compressor.
It's quiet as hell, fills up fairly quickly, and has nice knobs and such.
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