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Post by milspec6 on Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:18 pm

I walked into an auto parts store today for some oil and over-heard an elderly customer buying a new air compressor.  He said that his old one still works great, but it is old and he wants to replace it.  He went on to say that it was an 80 gallon, 230v, 5 hp compressor.

I asked him how much did he want for it?  He seemed surprised that anyone would want such an old air compressor and told me that I could have it for free just for removing it.  He did warn me that it was VERY heavy.

Well, the air compressor seemed to work flawlessly with the exception of a belt needing to be replaced and a need for a cleaning.  He was also right, it was damn heavy and he was in his 70's so this one was all mine.  Had to be 250 lbs at least, but after draining the oil and some water from the tank, I had it tossed in the truck and moved to my garage.

I think I did well.  The data plate says 1981, but I haven't found anything as to the cfm output...I am guessing 22 cfm based on past experience.



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Post by Freemind1 on Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:10 am

Well, that old guy is nuts. Everything on the top of that compressor is replaceable. You can get a new motor and pump if they go bad.
That tank is made of heavier gauge steel and likely better quality steel than of today's tanks. THAT would be the only reason to replace a compressor, is when the tank rusts a hole in it.

A new 230V unit like that runs close to 2K. A motor or a pump, neither cost more than 500 I believe.

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Post by milspec6 on Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:48 pm

So far, it all works well. Runs well and holds pressure. I am still going to flush the tank and install an extended drain valve.

I have no need for it though until the Spring when the garage gets rewired. Then I can plumb the place with air lines.

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Post by ACE Services on Tue Dec 19, 2017 5:40 am

Wish I could get a deal like that.
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Post by milspec6 on Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:41 am

It sure is ACE, I have been looking for a deal like this for a few years now. I don't use enough air to warrant spending a grand on an upright, but free + parts I will gladly do.
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