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Old 07-30-2007, 12:15 AM
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Been lookin at gas driven air compressors for the boom truck, I was wonderin what brand you guys run on your service trucks or around the shop and farm. I have been lookin on e-bay at the ingersol rands, curtis, and eaton, I also have looked in Northern Tool at there service truck compressor and the local NAPA has a gas job settin on the floor and they said it will run two 1" air guns all day

Just wonderin what brands and types that y'all have had the best experience with

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Old 07-30-2007, 01:20 AM
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I got an old craftsman 5hp and it works great. I don't know the specs on it but it has 8 gal. capacity and builds up very quick. And it was practically free!!
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Old 07-30-2007, 06:24 AM
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I run a 13 HP Honda powered Eaton Compressor on my truck. No complaints here. 30 gallon tank, get most of my work done. Wish the tank was bigger sometimes when trying to seat a bead of a big (tractor, loader) tire.

Now if they are telling you that you can run two 1 inch impacts all day, you better start wondering what all day means. That is ALOT of air, and I seriously doubt the compressor could keep up.
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Lots of Champion and IR around here. Most have Kohlers and the rest are Hondas. Best thing would be to see what kind of support you have around you for each compressor and choose from that list. Nothing worse than needing a part and having to order it from an outfit out of town and waiting around for it to show up. Both IR and Champ have service outlets here and several that repair them here, so that may be why we see so many here. Easy to get parts quickly.
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Thanks for the input guys

Heres a link to the NAPA compressor, for $2600, they have one down at the warehouse and Iam gone to check it out in the morning
http://www.napaonline.com/NOLViewer/...509&ShowPics=1

Heres a link to the Ingersoll Rand from TSC, cheapest I've found $1875 and theres a service place in Pittsburgh
http://www.mytscstore.com/detail.asp...=26505&x=4&y=9

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Be careful, James. Air compressors can be a sore subject
IR has two grades of compressor.
My money is on a Champion. They are excellent and reasonably priced.
You can get one with a Honda engine for a little more than a IR at TSC.
Here's a pic from when I changed on my truck last year.
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Old 08-01-2007, 10:05 PM
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I put mine together because of space problems.
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American IMC "Pow'r Profile" here around the shop (or wherever it gets toted to in the back of my truck). 5 HP Tecumseh. Needed a carb rebuild when I got it (had sat for a while) but runs great and generates air, since rebuilding the carb it gets used at least once every 2 weeks, a little less during winter, and hasn't given me any troubles. Picked it up used for $100 on ebay.
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btw,

let's say I can get some c25 cylinders that flunked the hydro test and then plumb them together and use them to boost the tank capacity of my 30 gallon compressor

anyone have such a setup???
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Old 08-02-2007, 12:45 AM
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Is this for a portable rig, or in the shop?

Adding C25 tanks to a portable rig is gonna get mighty heavy pretty quick.

It's possible, need to have them fittings down to drain them, have to drain through a common line, same line that's providing air to them.

Someone will be along that knows the fittings you need, but just T the cylinders to a common line, 1 inch or 1-1/4, and plumb to the original tank. Put a trap in to catch water somewhere along the way.
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