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Hitachi 4-Gal Portable Electric Twin Stack Air Compressor (Refurb) EXPIRED

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Big Sky Tool has Hitachi EC99S 4-Gallon Portable Electric Twin Stack Air Compressor (Reconditioned Grade A) for $83.97. Shipping starts at ~$12 and will vary by location. Thanks tranquil

Features:
  • Motor thermal overload protection stops the motor in a possible overheating situation
  • Cast iron, oil-lubricated pump for cooler operation and greater longevity
  • 15 Amp direct drive induction motor delivers efficient and reliable performance
  • Locking regulator ensures the proper pressure is delivered to your tool
  • Industrial air pressure gauges, encased in steel, for higher durability
  • 105 On/135 Off pressure switch for less cycling
  • Universal quick coupler for fast tool changes
  • Lightweight and portable for easy jobsite transport
  • Ball valve drain cock for quick and simple tank draining
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BigSkyTool has Hitachi EC99S 4-Gallon Portable Electric Twin Stack Air Compressor [bigskytool.com] (Reconditioned Grade A) for $83.97 + shipping. Shipping starts at roughly $12.
  • Motor thermal overload protection stops the motor in a possible overheating situation
  • Cast iron, oil-lubricated pump for cooler operation and greater longevity
  • 15 Amp direct drive induction motor delivers efficient and reliable performance
  • Locking regulator ensures the proper pressure is delivered to your tool
  • Industrial air pressure gauges, encased in steel, for higher durability
  • 105 On/135 Off pressure switch for less cycling
  • Universal quick coupler for fast tool changes
  • Lightweight and portable for easy jobsite transport
  • Ball valve drain cock for quick and simple tank draining
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Most of the basic Porter Cable compressors are oil-free - that means less maintenance, but probably won't last as long and maybe louder.
Oil-lubed pumps require occasional maintenance, but they're considered more reliable long-term.
For your use, which sounds like occasional light-duty, a cheaper oil-free model would probably work fine. But if you think you might eventually use this more frequently, or if you want to be able to hand it down to your kids in 20 years, get this oil-lubed one! Smilie
EDIT - forgot to mention - oil-lubed compressors won't work as well at extremely cold temperatures (or they require different oil to run well at cold temperatures). So if you live in the north, and if this will be used in an un-heated space, stick with oil-free.
HTH
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Everything he said is spot on.
I have an 15 + year old pancake version of this that has been used for heavy handyman/ remodel stuff. Just started having issues with the unloader valve sticking open on occasion. I can replace it myself. I would buy again if I needed. It is currently outside in my garage (single digit temps in NW Ohio) and still fires up to fill tires although probably not good to be running it with the original oil at those temps.... Yes, 15+ yrs old and never change the oil and used every winter outside. This being a 15 amp motor, if using it in the very cold weather, it may trip a 15 amp breaker trying to start up. Should be fine on a 20 amp breaker. I have oil less ones I use for portable use but like has been mentioned, it will not last as long as this one. The oil less is louder but I always just keep an extra 25' or 50' of 3/8" air hose so I can keep the compressor out of the room I am working in when using the finish nailer or farther away from me when working outside. The farther it is, the quieter it is. The time you do not want extra hose/ fittings/ restrictions is when using high demand tools like an impact gun for taking off car lug nuts so then you keep your hose as short as possible.

This has nice features on it that set it apart from some of the $80 oil less ones I have seen. Namely metal quarter turn drain valves on each tank. A lot of companies just put it on the bottom tank and don't use quarter turn valves. And the ability to easily replace the female air outlet fitting. A lot of cheaper models bury that fitting under a bunch of plastic and make it hard to get to to change out.
If you are an occasional user either will be fine. If you want one that will last a long time and can deal with the few downsides, get an oiled.
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So I'm in for one, a little more than one day left on the deal.

I added a $24 Hitachi Compressor hose so I could use a COMPRESSOR20 coupon code. Shipping to CA was $24 with the hose (not $12 as stated above), but there's no tax assessed so that's rare here. So all in it was $116 for the compressor and the hose shipped - I thought it was worth a shot. Been looking for awhile for a compressor to power a nailer - and maybe even an impact wrench to take lug nuts off the car. Read a couple informal reviews that spoke well of this compressor - sounds like the dings at Amazon are over reliability issues (odd, since in general I've had outstanding luck with Hitachi personally in the past).

Don't know a thing about this seller though.
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Newbie on air compressors. How does this compare to a porter cable air compressor. I'm looking for something cheap to have around the garage, mainly to blow sawdust away from the workbenches and clean hard to reach crevices.
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So I'm in for one, a little more than one day left on the deal.

I added a $24 Hitachi Compressor hose so I could use a COMPRESSOR20 coupon code. Shipping to CA was $24 with the hose (not $12 as stated above), but there's no tax assessed so that's rare here. So all in it was $116 for the compressor and the hose shipped - I thought it was worth a shot. Been looking for awhile for a compressor to power a nailer - and maybe even an impact wrench to take lug nuts off the car. Read a couple informal reviews that spoke well of this compressor - sounds like the dings at Amazon are over reliability issues (odd, since in general I've had outstanding luck with Hitachi personally in the past).

Don't know a thing about this seller though.
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20 bucks shipping kills the deal for me.
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Newbie on air compressors. How does this compare to a porter cable air compressor. I'm looking for something cheap to have around the garage, mainly to blow sawdust away from the workbenches and clean hard to reach crevices.
Most of the basic Porter Cable compressors are oil-free - that means less maintenance, but probably won't last as long and maybe louder.
Oil-lubed pumps require occasional maintenance, but they're considered more reliable long-term.
For your use, which sounds like occasional light-duty, a cheaper oil-free model would probably work fine. But if you think you might eventually use this more frequently, or if you want to be able to hand it down to your kids in 20 years, get this oil-lubed one! Smilie
EDIT - forgot to mention - oil-lubed compressors won't work as well at extremely cold temperatures (or they require different oil to run well at cold temperatures). So if you live in the north, and if this will be used in an un-heated space, stick with oil-free.
HTH
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$105 shipped with 50' hose.
thanks for the code tomjonesrocks.
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I don't need one of these but I will say this is a good deal. Repped
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This is a very good compressor, if you can live with: 1.dealing with a special oil ( normally for diesel engine I guess); 2. Need to bring it into the house to warm it up in winter. Other than that, this is a very reliable and capable compressor superior to those pancake ones. Choose wisely based on your own preference.
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20 bucks shipping kills the deal for me.
Still close to $100 bucks for a oil lubed air compressor. I still say slick deal.
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Most of the basic Porter Cable compressors are oil-free - that means less maintenance, but probably won't last as long and maybe louder.
Oil-lubed pumps require occasional maintenance, but they're considered more reliable long-term.
For your use, which sounds like occasional light-duty, a cheaper oil-free model would probably work fine. But if you think you might eventually use this more frequently, or if you want to be able to hand it down to your kids in 20 years, get this oil-lubed one! Smilie
EDIT - forgot to mention - oil-lubed compressors won't work as well at extremely cold temperatures (or they require different oil to run well at cold temperatures). So if you live in the north, and if this will be used in an un-heated space, stick with oil-free.
HTH
Everything he said is spot on.
I have an 15 + year old pancake version of this that has been used for heavy handyman/ remodel stuff. Just started having issues with the unloader valve sticking open on occasion. I can replace it myself. I would buy again if I needed. It is currently outside in my garage (single digit temps in NW Ohio) and still fires up to fill tires although probably not good to be running it with the original oil at those temps.... Yes, 15+ yrs old and never change the oil and used every winter outside. This being a 15 amp motor, if using it in the very cold weather, it may trip a 15 amp breaker trying to start up. Should be fine on a 20 amp breaker. I have oil less ones I use for portable use but like has been mentioned, it will not last as long as this one. The oil less is louder but I always just keep an extra 25' or 50' of 3/8" air hose so I can keep the compressor out of the room I am working in when using the finish nailer or farther away from me when working outside. The farther it is, the quieter it is. The time you do not want extra hose/ fittings/ restrictions is when using high demand tools like an impact gun for taking off car lug nuts so then you keep your hose as short as possible.

This has nice features on it that set it apart from some of the $80 oil less ones I have seen. Namely metal quarter turn drain valves on each tank. A lot of companies just put it on the bottom tank and don't use quarter turn valves. And the ability to easily replace the female air outlet fitting. A lot of cheaper models bury that fitting under a bunch of plastic and make it hard to get to to change out.
If you are an occasional user either will be fine. If you want one that will last a long time and can deal with the few downsides, get an oiled.
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Junk. Last one I owned needed new brushes for the motor but they would only sell the whole motor for twice the cost of the wonderful California Air one that I bought.
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Newbie on air compressors. How does this compare to a porter cable air compressor. I'm looking for something cheap to have around the garage, mainly to blow sawdust away from the workbenches and clean hard to reach crevices.
if you plan to use the compressor a lot then get this one or one with oil.

if you plan to use the compressor just on occasion get the oil-free one.

if money is your bottleneck and all you plan to do is blow dust and inflate tires then go with a $39.99 HF [harborfreight.com] compressor (pancake or hotdog stile). that's if you have a HF in your area. i have one and have been using it for 4+ years, never had any issues with it, just drain the air when you are done using it. one thing to keep in mind is that it's a load compressor.

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Junk. Last one I owned needed new brushes for the motor but they would only sell the whole motor for twice the cost of the wonderful California Air one that I bought.
I have one for work. I had it for about 4years and it started to leak oil at seal. Its loud like any other compressor and it trips 15amp outlet constantly if plug with anything on same outlet.
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