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Old 11-04-2007, 02:29 PM
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Bel Aire Compressors

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Long story to get to the point but The mother in law wanted me to sand blast a bed frame and when I told her I couldn't because my compressor couldn't keep up she wanted to get me a new compressor for christmas.

I can get Bel Aire at a significant discount. How are they.

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I have a 7.5 HP with 80 gallon tank 2cilinder 2stage since 1995. I use it alot and so far so good.
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What I want to know is were in heck did you get a mother-in-law like that!
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What I want to know is were in heck did you get a mother-in-law like that!
Guess I should keep her huh?

So there is an ulterior motive, she wants a bed frame sandblasted.

I've looked at the specs and it appears that all of their 220V models use the same compressor but alter motor power to meet CFM equirements. The model I'm looking at is a 7.5 HP and theoretically provides 25 CFM at 125 PSI. That should be good enough for my sandblaster :-)

But they are lacking info on the amp draw of the motor to sanity check the CFM
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The model I'm looking at is a 7.5 HP and theoretically provides 25 CFM at 125 PSI. That should be good enough for my sandblaster :-)

But they are lacking info on the amp draw of the motor to sanity check the CFM
Definitely get that AMP rating but usually when you get into compressors of that size they are fairly honest about power ratings, BUT that CFM rating seems a bit suspect even with 7 1/2 HP however it should be enough to run a good sized sandblaster. When I say "good sized blaster" I am talking about the tip which is what determines how much air it will need and a 1/8" tip which will pass some reasonably large grit at a decent volume would allow that compressor to build up and shut off during use, you probably would even not have a problem using a 5/32" if you had a need for it.

BTW that mother-in-law is definitely a keeper!
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What I want to know is were in heck did you get a mother-in-law like that!
What I want to know is does your wife have a sister
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What I want to know is does your wife have a sister
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Yea but she's married. You want me to add you to the waiting list
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Definitely get that AMP rating but usually when you get into compressors of that size they are fairly honest about power ratings, BUT that CFM rating seems a bit suspect even with 7 1/2 HP however it should be enough to run a good sized sandblaster. When I say "good sized blaster" I am talking about the tip which is what determines how much air it will need and a 1/8" tip which will pass some reasonably large grit at a decent volume would allow that compressor to build up and shut off during use, you probably would even not have a problem using a 5/32" if you had a need for it.

BTW that mother-in-law is definitely a keeper!
So it's here and sitting in the garage and wired up with 50 amp service. It wound up being a PUMA brand. Motor is a baldor industrial 220V motor drawing 31 amps and a Square D magnetic starter. 3 cylinder W style 2 stage pump.

I didn't think very far ahead because they loaded it on my truck with a forklift. I don't have a forklift to unload it. But with some fab skills and a neighbor with a front end loader we made a forklift on his tractor and got it set in the garage.

Compared to the 3 HP craftsman it is SWEET to have all the air I'll ever need.

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