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New toy! (air compressor inside)

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by botboy, Jul 21, 2006.

  1. botboy

    botboy 1/2 ton status

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    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=019&item=290008060593&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT&rd=1

    Bought a Mac/ALC pot blaster, and my 5 HP tecumseh powered Pow'r Profile just can't seem to keep up (currently running an 1/8" tip), come to find out that this pot blaster can suck down 125 CFM @ 100 PSI with a 5/16" tip, so an upgrade was in order. I've probably got 30-40+ hours of sandblasting work on several of the projects around the house if the compressor could keep up, even with a reserve tank I think I've got 50+ hours at the current rate.

    Now I need to get a bigger plasma cutter to keep up with the air compressor :haha:
     
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    fabjunkie 1/2 ton status

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    Nice.

    And the listing, well :haha:.
     
  3. rjfguitar

    rjfguitar 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Sandblasting takes a rediculous amount of air, and sand too.

    When I blast, I hook both of my compressors together into a huge reserve tank I have. Even then it can hardly keep up.
     
  4. botboy

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    My weeks been busy, been putting in lots of 9-10 hr days at the shop too:
    Tuesday - go from delano to Kimball and pick up the compressor with my friends truck
    Wednesday - Tow compressor to the shop I work at, plugs/wires/cap/rotor/oil/filter & disassembled/sandblasted carb
    Thursday - tow compressor home, powdercoat & reassemble carb halves
    Friday - sit back, drink a beer, play on computer (I needed a break)
    Plans for tomorrow include getting the carb on the compressor, cleaning and/or repairing the fuel pump and pulling the rusty ass sheet metal off of the compressor so it can be cleaned and painted up. Once the compressor is running I've got more sandblasting work than I can comprehend finishing, including parts for the '73 nova that's getting restored, the sheetmetal off the new compressor, trailer on the new compressor, frame/diffs on my '71 K5 and a few rims that are presently lying around the farm. Once all that's done, I plan on putting up some ads and going after the areas boat trailers and other equipment that desperately needs sandblasting - I see a lot of damn nice, expensive boats on trailers that look to be nearly falling apart, hoping to make some money there by cleaning and welding them up as necessary.

    Here's the carb after blasting & masking with high-temp silicone tape:
    http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/8/21604104967.jpg&s=f10
    After coating with flat black powder:
    http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/8/21604150655.jpg&s=f10
    After baking:
    http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/8/21604160257.jpg&s=f10
    Reassembled:
    http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/8/21604244170.jpg&s=f10
    Compressor this is going into:
    http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/8/21604100387.jpg&s=f10
    http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/8/21603493224.jpg&s=f10
    My smaller compressor:
    http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/20203133465.jpg&s=f10
    Sandblaster that this will be used with:
    http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/8/21604325640.jpg&s=f10
    Nova diff I just blasted (with the old compressor) - before:
    http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/8/21604333038.jpg&s=f10
    Nova diff after blasting, metal ready & 1 coat of POR-15:
    http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/8/21604341134.jpg&s=f10

    BTW, this thing's rated 85 CFM @ ???? PSI (I think 100 but doesn't say on the tag)
     

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