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Old 01-03-2011, 12:51 PM
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During my recent routine maintenance/hiding procedures, when I drained the bottom of the air compressor, I got almost a 1/2 gallon of water out. A while back the automatic drain, which was unloader operated, broke in half, when I tried to remove it from the bottom of the 60 gallon single stage compressor when I went to transfer it to the new 80 gallon two stage model, since then I've been draining the tank manually. The recent work schedule, has led to a rather hap-hazard schedule. I decided to get a new automatic system. I was at Graingers, today, so I picked up a Speedaire model #6Z948B, electric drain valve, with automatic sequence timing and drain duration timing, the kit came with a quality wye strainer, to be installed before valve.

While I'm got the compressor down, I'm installing some vibration feet and a new air intake system, with new air filters.


1 - automatic drain valve kit
2 - new air filters
3 - salvaged air filter housings from a compressor being scrapped
4 - differences between the original and new air filters


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Old 01-03-2011, 01:48 PM
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I have been thinking about one of those auto drains. How much?
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:52 PM
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I have been thinking about one of those auto drains. How much?
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Old 01-03-2011, 02:19 PM
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I have always thought that one of the big advantages of having the pump and tank remote from each other is that you can build a cooler into the plumbing in between them.

That gets the moisture out before it gets to the tank.
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Old 01-03-2011, 02:29 PM
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Several years ago when DDA posted about installing his I bought one like his on ebay for about $57. I've been happy with it, ties every bale.
I have it plugged into a switched outlet & only power it up when I'm running the compressor because I live in such a low humidity environment.
I rarely get more than a couple of ounces of water out of it in a week and usually less.

It is similar to this one.

While I was looking though today's listings I came across this Dayton that looks just like Jack's Speedaire.

Looks like they've gone up.
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"ties every bale"

Now there is a phrase I haven't heard in a long time.
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:13 PM
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The vibration feet are under the compressor, making it quieter and also raises the compressor up an additional 2-1/2", allowing more space to install the new automatic drain and related piping. The the Apollo ball valve was attached along with the wye strainer then a 1/4" forge union and 90 degree elbow, all of the nipples were 1/4" sch 80 close nipples. At the outlet of the automatic valve is a hose leading to a 5 gallon catch can (nearest floor drain is 40 feet away).

1 the shut off (red arrow), the wye strainer (black arrow) and the union (yellow arrow)
2 - one of the 3 vibration feet bought at an auction for $15 for a set of 3

3 - the drain valve tucked under the compressor, and the hose going to the catch can.

The inlet air filter assemblies were modified to accept the new filters, but due to severe miss calculations, I got the wrong nipples to attach them to the compressor.



jack


unit was about $140.
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:27 PM
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WOW!!! I think this is the first time I have seen a compressor like that not still on the skid it shipped on.

Nice work Jack.

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Old 01-03-2011, 09:43 PM
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The vibration feet are under the compressor,
Around here, vibration feet = hockey pucks. $7/dozen at Dick sporting goods. Counter bore the bottom for a carraige bolt and you're good to go
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:44 PM
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well I finished up the automatic drain today, all I have to do now is put in an outlet to plug the drain into. The drain goes from the automatic drain valve thru a 6' long piece of 3/8" air hose, that circles around the compressor to the catch can. The hose end up going into the side of a 3 gallon plastic kitty litter bucket, a bulkhead fitting is screwed in the side of the bucket, the top is wire tie down tight and there are 6, 1/2" holes in the upper lip and the 8, 1/4" holes that the wire ties go thru, act as the vents. The air escapes out the vents and the water stays inside the bucket, it works great.

1 - wired temporarily with an extension cord
2 - the high tech catch can

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