There is an online and bricks & mortar tool store called Harbor Freight. Among hundreds of different tools they sell air compressors. Their house brand is Central Pneumatic Air Compressors.
By house brand I mean that they have air compressors built for them from a variety of sources, and those compressors are labeled as Central Pneumatic.
For new Central Pneumatic air compressors the source is typically Harbor Freight. Many models of this compressor line are available from third party sellers and in the used compressor market, whether on line or other outlets.
In 2016 Harbor Freight offers about thirty-six models of Central Pneumatic air compressors. These range in size from their portable, electrically powered three gallon Hotdog and Pancake air compressors up their 5HP x 60 gallon model. They also offer truck bed and wheelbarrow gasoline-motor powered compressors.
I perceive most, if not all, of the Central Pneumatic air compressors line to be low cost, home or small workshop oriented, compressors. If I were buying an air compressor for a full time, plant air tool or equipment running scenario, I would typically not buy or recommend Central Pneumatic air compressors.
Central Pneumatic Air Compressors Parts Supply & Service
I would not recommend this line of compressors for a number of reasons.
- the store staff selling them are not typically compressor friendly
- the on line and physical stores do not typically stock replacement parts
- the sources of the various models and countries of origin vary over the years, meaning trying to track support and parts is problematical
I would not rely on store staff at Harbor Freight to recommend the right compressor for an application, for example. Having been in a number of Harbor Freight stores, their stock of parts for compressors – except for gauges, regulators, filters – is abysmal. You would have a very difficult time repairing a Central Pneumatic air compressors pump as few parts are available.
As to tracking parts for Central Pneumatic compressors, the logical first step is to contact them:
Many of our products have replacement parts available for purchase. To purchase a part, please contact Customer Service at 1-800-444-3353, Monday thru Saturday 5am to 9pm (PT), Sunday 6am to 6pm (PT), or via email. Specify the product name, item number and description of the part when making your inquiry.
If you do not have the name, the model number, and all information from the compressor information plate, good luck with that.
I guess the only really positive thing I can say about Harbor Freights Central Pneumatic air compressors is … they are cheap to buy. Maybe they are meant to use up and throw away, rather than maintain for the long term?
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