New Harbor Freight Fortress Brand Air Compressors

As has been the trend now for a while, Harbor Freight is expanding their offerings with new brands and products across the board with one of the newest being their new Brand Fortress which is the branding on their new top air compressors. Currently there’s 2 compressors with a 1 gallon 0.5 hp quiet compressor and a 2 gallon 1.2 hp quiet compressor. Both units are listed as super quiet and claim an impressively low noise rating of 57 db on the 1 gallon and 60 db on the 2 gallon.

My thoughts: these look to be another nice addition to Harbor Freight’s offerings and it appears Fortress may be their new premium brand for air compressors. So far the Fortress brand appears to have hit the ground running with these 2 “super quiet” air compressors. Both units feature a roll cage to protect the units from damage, a 2 cylinder pump, and a 4 pole induction brushless motor, as well as a very low noise rating that will make these ideal for working indoors or around lots of other people.

Features and Specifications:

0.5 hp 1 gallon model:

  • Ultra quiet 57 dBA operation is up to 80% quieter than similar jobsite compressors
  • Oil free pump for no-maintenance operation
  • Brushless 4-pole induction motor lowers heat and friction to deliver up to 2x longer life*
  • Compact and lightweight, this compressor delivers 0.7 SCFM @ 90 PSI with a max pressure of 135 PSI for up to 28% more runtime**
  • Full protective roll cage protects vital components
  • Easy-access ball drain valve
  • Amperage consumption: 2.8 amps
  • Voltage: 120v AC
  • Motor HP: 0.5 HP
  • Maximum PSI: 135 PSI
  • Air volume: 0.7 SCFM @90 PSI
  • Pump up time: 0-120 PSI 61 seconds. 0-135 PSI 82 seconds.
  • Weight: 26 lbs.
  • Price at the time of writing: $149.99 USD at Harbor Freight
  • Warranty: 90 days

1.2 hp 2 gallon model:

  • Ultra quiet 60 dBA operation is up to 80% quieter than similar jobsite compressors
  • Oil-free pump for no-maintenance operation
  • Brushless 4-pole induction motor lowers heat and friction to deliver up to 2x longer life*
  • Compact and lightweight, this compressor delivers 2.2 CFM (2.1 SCFM) @ 90 PSI with a max pressure of 135 PSI for up to 50% more runtime**
  • 2 gallon aluminum tank for lightweight, rust-free usage
  • Full protective roll cage protects vital components
  • Easy-access ball drain valve
  • Amperage consumption: 7.1 amps
  • Voltage: 120v AC
  • Motor HP: 1.2 HP
  • Maximum PSI: 135 PSI
  • Air volume: 2.1 SCFM @90 PSI
  • Pump up time: 0-120 PSI 47 seconds. 0-135 PSI 58 seconds
  • Weight: 37 lbs.
  • Price at the time of writing: $189.99 USD at Harbor Freight
  • Warranty: 90 days


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