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Old 02-14-2018, 11:46 AM   #21
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Re: Air compressor woes

Big compressor ... clean shop ... now yer just bragging ...

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Re: Air compressor woes

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Old 02-14-2018, 01:51 PM   #23
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Re: Air compressor woes

I noticed that in OLDTSLDOUG's picture he has a ball valve on the tank, before air lines. All compressor systems should be like this. Leave the compressor electrically tuned on all the time. You walk out of the garage you close the ball valve. Compressor should never run when not being used because there will be no pressure loss. Addressing leaky lines and connections is for a different thread.

If you walk into your garage and have to wait for your system to pressure up, it might irritate you, but look at all the energy you have just wasted. Years ago I had a customer who's employees walked out at the end of the day and just turned the compressor off. It was a 3 cylinder piston Atlas Copco on a 160 gallon tank, with an additional 200 gallon tank inside the building. Their complaint to me was it took 15 minutes or more for the system to pressure up in the morning!...

Mitch if you put another tank in your system, just put ball valves on both tanks, they will hold pressure and your pump should cycle less often since you have more storage capacity, such as when using high cfm grinder. But the on cycle will be longer since it will have to fill more area. On small jobs just open the ball valve on your main pump/tank.

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Old 02-14-2018, 02:05 PM   #24
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Re: Air compressor woes

Thanks Sam I am ... it does, it shall, it always will.

Ball valve in place, but rarely use it. It's on the back side, sheltered by a wall. Only cycle it a couple times a year or when I change the drops in my system. I oriented my compressor so that the fitting didn't get bumped accidentally. Used to build roll cages in there and wielded lengths of 1.5" DOM tubing around.

I also have a 1/4" ball valve on the drain and on my my drier.

I've concluded it doesn't make a lot of sense in adding a tank based upon my current usage. When I had a couple grinders running, then it made more sense.
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