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Can an old Craftsman compressor be refurbished?

I have an old Craftsman compressor from my dad (this goes back to some time in my youth, before I had a memory so it's at least 20-25 years old).. I haven't had 220 hooked up yet in my garage, but there are alot of tasks that my little Campbell-Hausfield compressor isn't enough for..

So, since the money for a new compressor isn't readily available, I'd like to find a way of rebuilding the old one. Last I remember, it was pretty good for blowing oil through the lines.. Will I be able to find parts, will it be less expensive than replacing it? Is there a good place to find such parts?

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Go to the Craftsman website and send an email to thier customer service. Send the serial and model #s, etc. They should be able to tell you if parts are still availible.

You could also go to an industrial machine place, They may be able to get parts. You shouldn't need more than a set of rings and a few gaskets. Not a lot to them.
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I don't know who made Craftsman (or your particualr model) and can't help you for the parts availability, I've found that it's usually cheaper to buy a new pump than try and rebuild the old one. You could always change the pump to another manufacturer. One of my compressors is a Craftsman and it has a DeVilbiss pump on it. I priced out the parts (I have two of these pumps, both throwing oil) and it's about the same price to buy a new one or a good second hand one. Look into the cast iron pumps, they're usually built heavier, are more dependable, and don't throw as much oil when they're hot. If you have an aluminum pump, really consider getting a cast iron one if you plan on doing any painting or any other big air jobs.
Be cautious of the tank, it could be a very dangerous thing if it's rusted to explosion. Pull off the inspection plugs (if applicable) and have a look inside, especially at the bottom.
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give the bottom of the tank a few good solid whacks with a hammer to see if it is rusted thin.(not too hard) If it dents easily, throw it out, it's too thin. check out the other compessor thread here if you want to see the results of thin walls on pressure vessels.
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