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Compressors go bad?

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Unread postAuthor: Counterstriker » Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:57 pm

Well my cousin gave me a compressor that had to be 10-15 years old I think.. Maybe its just dirty.. Its sears brand and Is I think a 10+ gallon. I will try to get a vid soon but I was asking if compressors "go bad" its not like its rusting or anything, I will get a vid tommorow to see what matinence I will have to perform on it.
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Unread postAuthor: brother361 » Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:01 pm

yes they can 'go bad' the rust in the chamber can mess up your air and make it dirty when it gets into what your filling
and is it electrical or gas
IM guessing gas so you might have to get a new motor
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Unread postAuthor: tmacd995 » Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:07 pm

If its an oiled compressor, it might be overdue for an oil change. If its oiless, then probably not :wink:
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Unread postAuthor: Counterstriker » Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:14 pm

It's electric, I am not home now but tommorow I will see.
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Unread postAuthor: brother361 » Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:23 pm

make sure the motor and tank are working fine and are in good condition and u should be set and ready to go :D :D
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Unread postAuthor: starman » Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:26 pm

Hey, good deal on the free compressor...;) Drain the air tank of water and change the compressor oil...should be all you have to do unless it's just worn out.

The big test is just fire it up and see what happened. They are loud and obnoxious, so get used to it.
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Unread postAuthor: brother361 » Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:28 pm

starman is right though but they are definatly worth it when you get the feeling of blastioing a poato threw a piece of wood muuahahah
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Unread postAuthor: Counterstriker » Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:28 pm

brother361 wrote:make sure the motor and tank are working fine and are in good condition and u should be set and ready to go :D :D


I will clean it up this weekend, Re-Wire everything and give it a good cleaning, If it works I won't have to buy a new cannon..


Looks like this one with a little hint of ghetto.
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Unread postAuthor: pizlo » Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:39 pm

Well ghetto is good, as I always say. Oh what about giving a red coat of auto paint with an electric blue stripe? thats what we did on my dads riding mower.
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Unread postAuthor: sjog » Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:40 pm

Rings or the pressure switch can go
Tanks can rust through
Congrats on the step up!!
Is there a bolt action GB gun in your future??
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Unread postAuthor: Counterstriker » Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:52 pm

sjog wrote:Rings or the pressure switch can go
Tanks can rust through
Congrats on the step up!!
Is there a bolt action GB gun in your future??


I can tell you right now for sure. I am gonna make a chamber sealing valve first.
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Unread postAuthor: potatoflinger » Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:53 pm

If it looks like the one in the picture, then it is probably an oiled compressor. If the tank is old, I would suggest checking the inside for rust, if there is a lot of it, get a new tank (they sell them at Lowes for < $40) but if it's only a little bit rusted, you could probably get away with coating the inside of it with Rust-oleum or some other type of rust-fighting paint.

I don't know very much about compressor motors, but you might need to change the oil.
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Unread postAuthor: Counterstriker » Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:05 pm

I'll check it out, If it's gonna be a big problem I will just get a new one. Hopefully its good.
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Unread postAuthor: starman » Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:42 pm

Now that's a compressor!...nothing ghetto about that baby. Ingersol Rand is one of the best compressor brands made in the world. If it's operational, you have yourself a real find there.
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Unread postAuthor: sjog » Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:49 pm

It doesn't matter what kind of valve you make , just keep the hose hooked to it at all times. Ya know? Rapid fire?
Better get out to the golf course and stock up :D
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