Alternate oil when starting compressor when cold?
by Allen Ganser
(Needham, MA USA)
My Harbor Freight Air Compressor, Model 68740, (8 gal. 2 HP 125 PSI Oil Lube) won't start when it is about 50° - 60° and I have read on your site that this is due to the thickening of the compressor oil and the insufficient motor.
Instead of heating up the compressor would it be possible to use a lighter grade of oil that wouldn't get so thick at those "not so low" temperatures?
If so, please make a recommendation.
I suppose though that a lighter oil would then be a problem once the compressor gets warm (which may not be a problem for me since I use it only occasionally during the day in my shop).