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"FREE SHIPPING - NorthStar Belt Drive Single-Stage Portable Air Compressor - 2 HP, 20-Gallon, Vertical, 5.0 CFM"

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"Heavy-duty NorthStar compressors are built with durable cast iron V-twin pump with cast iron heads for good heat dissipation and no transfer of heat between cylinders. Belt drive oil-lubricated pump runs quietly and delivers long pump life. 20-gallon vertical tank is ASME certified. Built tough enough for commercial shops. Enough capacity to operate an air ratchet, impact wrench, siphon feed sand blaster, nibbler, nailer, air brush, touch-up spray gun and more. Includes portability kit with flat-free tires. Duty Cycle 100, Pump Life hrs. 5,000, CFM at 90 PSI 5.0, Tank Type Vertical, Air Outlet Size in. 1/4, HP 2, Air Tank Size gal. 20, Volts 115/230, Amps 15/7.5, Max. PSI 135, Drive Belt, Pump Material Cast iron, CFM at 40 PSI 6.0, Dimensions L x W x H in. 22 x 23 x 43, Working Pressure PSI 105-135, Noise Level dB 80, Motor RPM 3,440, Regulator Included Yes. 2 HP 115V/230V 15/7.5 Amp dual voltage induction motor 2-cylinder cast iron single-stage pump Delivers 5.0 CFM @ 90 PSI 6.0 CFM @ 40 PSI Comes wired for 115V operation with a 6ft. cord and plug Can be rewired for 230V by a qualified electrician Copper finned inter- and after-coolers provide effective heat dissipation and less moisture Ball bearings on each side of crankshaft for smooth running and durability Heavy-duty paper element filters keep cylinder heads clean Dual voltage induction motor has low amp draw for easier starts Reed valves are made of heat-resistant alloy steel supplied from Sweden ASSAB Valves are specifically designed for maximum efficiency 20,000-hour bearing life Double ringed-style piston for very low oil consumption and longer head life Durable alloy rods Spherodal graphite cast iron crankshafts for maximum strength ASME certified 20-gallon tank can be used in commercial shops Durable metal belt guard won't break Built-in regulator controls air pressure to air tools 135 max. PSI Motor runs at 3,440 RPM Easy-start valve puts less stress on motor during cold weather starts Includes portability kit with steel wheels with ball bearings and flat-free solid tires for easy transport Extend your NorthStar pump warranty to 5 years with the purchase and use of a NorthStar start-up kit Item# 45933"
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Questions & Answers for "FREE SHIPPING - NorthStar Belt Drive Single-Stage Portable Air Compressor - 2 HP, 20-Gallon, Vertical, 5.0 CFM"

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Is the output coupler that appears to be connected to the regulator a 1/4" male or a 3/8" male?

What type of replacement coupler (connected) to the regulator would this require, MNPT or FNPT? Is the opening on the compressor 1/4" or 3/8"?

Thanks!
asked 2 weeks ago
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NickJr
 - Atlanta
on "FREE SHIPPING - NorthStar Belt Drive Single-Stage Portable Air Compressor - 2 HP, 20-Gallon, Vertical, 5.0 CFM"
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Northstar Expert
A replacement coupler would require an MNPT. The opening is 1/4" on the compressor.
answered 1 week, 6 days ago
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NorthstarExpert6
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Oil/Filters Included?

At the bottom of the web page, it says that you will need the North Star air compressor startup kit. Is this extra purchase a requirement or does the compressor ship with oil and filters?
asked 9 months ago
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Maticuno
on "FREE SHIPPING - NorthStar Belt Drive Single-Stage Portable Air Compressor - 2 HP, 20-Gallon, Vertical, 5.0 CFM"
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Northstar Expert
The oil and filters are included with this compressor. The startup kit is the replacement filters and oil. The startup kit extends the warranty one year if it is purchased (and used) with the air compressor.
answered 8 months ago
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NorthstarExpert13
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answer 2
Some oil is in the machine however you will need to purchase at least the start up kit. It includes oil and 2 filters and ships separately. During shipping the oil does leak out form being bumped around, but it's packaged nice enough to withstand bumps and no damage to the compressor itself.
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
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Tinkerer03
 - Wausau, wi
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Air Outlet

I can see in the picture that theirs a hex plug on the side below the motor. What I want to know is can I tap my air out of that by removing the hex plug and installing a high flow coupler? If so what is the size in NPT is it 1/4" or 3/8" or 1/2"NPT?
Thanks, Hunter
asked 3 months, 4 weeks ago
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Hunter23232
on "FREE SHIPPING - NorthStar Belt Drive Single-Stage Portable Air Compressor - 2 HP, 20-Gallon, Vertical, 5.0 CFM"
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Northstar Expert
The hex plug on the side below the motor of this compressor cannot be removed to install a high flow coupler. Northern Tool cannot recommend or advise on modifying this compressor in any way. Any modifications to the compressor will also void its warranty.
answered 3 months, 4 weeks ago
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NorthstarExpert11
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Is this compressor suitable for a staight line sander?

Would it work for intermittent use, or not at all? I have a project that would benefit from a line sander, but after it is done I likely won't be using the sander very often, so I can't see spending big bucks on a high capacity compressor.
asked 1 year, 11 months ago
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floridaclm
on "FREE SHIPPING - NorthStar Belt Drive Single-Stage Portable Air Compressor - 2 HP, 20-Gallon, Vertical, 5.0 CFM"
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answer 1
Northstar Expert
This compressor is suitable to run any air tool that requires 5.5 or less CFM at 90 psi. The straight line sanders sold by Northern Tool does require a compressor that produces higher CFMs.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
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NorthstarExpert13
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Can't speak to a sander, but I used this recently with a cutoff wheel for a small project (don't recall the CFM, but it's pretty high). It drained pretty quickly with constant use, but letting the tank recover I was able to work in bursts and in some cases I started again before it has fully recovered and shut off. I ran the compressor pretty hard that day but it got the job done and didn't complain. If I had to use the cutoff wheel more frequently, I'd look for a bigger unit.
answered 7 months ago
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JonNC
 - NC
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Location of water drain

I noticed the tank drain is off to the side of the tank. Is that the location it pulls from inside the tank, or is there an internal tube that pulls water from the bottom of the tank?

My concern is that you would always have 2-3" of water in the tank if it is collecting from the location of the valve itself.

Thanks,
Jacob
asked 7 months ago
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Jacob12345
on "FREE SHIPPING - NorthStar Belt Drive Single-Stage Portable Air Compressor - 2 HP, 20-Gallon, Vertical, 5.0 CFM"
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Northstar Expert
The location of the drain valve is on the bottom right hand of the tank. The location will allow the tank to be completely drained. Drain water from the receiver tank daily. Water left in the tank can cause the tank to weaken and corrode, increasing the risk of tank rupture.
answered 7 months ago
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NorthstarExpert13
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answer 2
I make a habit of carefully tipping the unit on it's side to drain any water. But yes, there is some that will gather because the drain is slightly above the very bottom.
answered 7 months ago
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JonNC
 - NC
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What RPM does the compressor run? (specs say drive motor runs at 3440 rpm, interested in compressor speed).

asked 9 months ago
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zestor
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The compressor pump on this Northstar unit has a maximum RPM rating of 3,600.
answered 9 months ago
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NorthstarExpert9
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Working in cold Weather

I have a non-heated garrage, is there a restriction on cold temperatures?
asked 10 months ago
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Ro22
 - VA
on "FREE SHIPPING - NorthStar Belt Drive Single-Stage Portable Air Compressor - 2 HP, 20-Gallon, Vertical, 5.0 CFM"
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Northstar Expert
The operating limitation temperatures are 15F (-9C) or above 125F (52C). If temperatures consistently drop below 32F in an unheated building protect the safety/relief and drain valves from freezing.
answered 10 months ago
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NorthstarExpert13
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Where is it made? What is the country of origin?

asked 3 years, 6 months ago
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Bobtool
on "FREE SHIPPING - NorthStar Belt Drive Single-Stage Portable Air Compressor - 2 HP, 20-Gallon, Vertical, 5.0 CFM"
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Northstar Expert
This Northstar Electric Air Compressor is made from multiple part sources. The final assembly and testing is done in Faribault, Minnesota at our Northstar Manufacturing Facility.
answered 10 months ago
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NorthStarExperts
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110/220V Wiring Requirements?

Does it come with a cord+plug? Or do I have to supply the cord+plug depending on my desired voltage?
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
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Anonymous
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It comes with cord and plug for 110v. Real heavy duty cord.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
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Ron100
 - Waynesboro, MS
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answer 2
comes wire cord and plug for 110 volt, regular 3 prong plug
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
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T325
 - Jacksonville, fl.
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Yes, it comes with a 6' long 14awg cord with a 3-prong plug for 110v.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
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Landcruiserguy
 - Plano,TX
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answer 4
It already has a very-heavy-duty installed power cord for 115 volts. Recommend using on 20 amp circuit but will work on 15 amp though.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
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Southernreign2001
 - Charlotte, NC
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answer 5
Northstar Expert
This air compressor comes wired for 120 volts, and includes the cord and plug. This can be rewired for 230V by a qualified electrician.
answered 10 months ago
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NorthStarExperts
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Does Northern Tool stock replacement air filters for this unit?

asked 2 years, 8 months ago
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Landcruiserguy
 - Plano,TX
on "FREE SHIPPING - NorthStar Belt Drive Single-Stage Portable Air Compressor - 2 HP, 20-Gallon, Vertical, 5.0 CFM"
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Northstar Expert
Replacement air filters are available through NorthStar. The part # is 788883. Please call 1-800-270-0810 for price and availability. NorthStar is open 7:00am-5pm Central time, Monday-Friday.
answered 10 months ago
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NorthStarExperts
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