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Old 12-19-2015, 09:53 PM
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Oh yes I have one of those dessicant dryers as well.
Got it for $5 at a garage sale complete with a couple of new pacs of dessicant. I use it before the plasma because I can use my machine anywhere and may be hooked up to dirty air.
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Old 12-20-2015, 03:36 AM
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The HF dryer is $425 now (less coupons). Here are a couple of deferent approaches I came across while shopping for compressors recently.

Multiple tanks http://youtu.be/2GBXa14SLjc

Auto A/C condenser. http://youtu.be/KETQfwtA3a0
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Old 12-20-2015, 07:22 AM
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I did not see your dryer. I do remember you having some air issues using the plasma when I was there, but I did not get close enough to see the dryer.
I used to use the conventional marble sized desiccant which works but does not let you know when it is loaded. I would only find out when water got to the TP filter and it swelled shut. I switched to Silica gel pellets which are 1/8 minus. 4 of the little bastard got into the discharge elbow and provided a fine restriction. Cam and I took it apart and remedied the issue by grabbing a ball of steel wool to put in on top of the desiccant for a filter screen.

I am a fan of the Silica gel now. It seems much more effective over a long time.
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I used to use the conventional marble sized desiccant which works but does not let you know when it is loaded. I would only find out when water got to the TP filter and it swelled shut. I switched to Silica gel pellets which are 1/8 minus. 4 of the little bastard got into the discharge elbow and provided a fine restriction. Cam and I took it apart and remedied the issue by grabbing a ball of steel wool to put in on top of the desiccant for a filter screen.

I am a fan of the Silica gel now. It seems much more effective over a long time.
Is your filter installed vertically or horizontally?
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Old 12-20-2015, 12:53 PM
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They are designed to be mounted vertically with the drain at the bottom.
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Here is the HF version and a manual
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Old 12-20-2015, 05:25 PM
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Milo, that manual will give you the info you need. I use an 80 amp plasma pulling 6cfm through it with no problem. I will say that if you are using the common marble size desiccant that it has to be drained regularly, and the water is corrosive. It is better to drain after all pressure is leaked down, to avoid a mess.

The silica gel seldom if ever shows anything at the drain, it never lets go of any water it grabs. The 1/8" size offers a huge amount of surface area vs the marbles.
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Milo, that manual will give you the info you need. I use an 80 amp plasma pulling 6cfm through it with no problem. I will say that if you are using the common marble size desiccant that it has to be drained regularly, and the water is corrosive. It is better to drain after all pressure is leaked down, to avoid a mess.

The silica gel seldom if ever shows anything at the drain, it never lets go of any water it grabs. The 1/8" size offers a huge amount of surface area vs the marbles.
How full do you fill the 30" tube with the desiccant?
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Old 12-20-2015, 06:31 PM
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Unscrew the top cap and pour out the old and put in the new stuff
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This would work for caps. First cut straight pipe threads on the pipe then make the cap using a gasket to seal.
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