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Old 03-13-2013, 02:40 PM
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Help with compressor setup!

Hey guys i just bought this compressor...

Shop Ingersoll Rand 3 HP 60-Gallon 135 PSI Electric Air Compressor at Lowes.com

Had to leave town for work in a hurry but I'd like to get everything I need to make this work so when I get home I can throw it all together and be going..
Basically I need help with what items to get that I can purchase online and have them waiting for me. I have the power cord made, just need to know what fittings to get out and to a dryer and beyond etc.. So what do you guys reccomend?

THanks for any help

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I have the same compressor. So far so good for what I use it for.

I have a tee connection coming out of the tank so I can run one line at system pressure and one line regulated down to a lower pressure.

What are you planning to power with it?
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I have the same compressor. So far so good for what I use it for.

I have a tee connection coming out of the tank so I can run one line at system pressure and one line regulated down to a lower pressure.

What are you planning to power with it?
A very good question is...what are you planning to use the compressor for? This unit would be excellent for a one or two man shop using the compressor to power up some air tools, blowing parts clean, perhaps running a sander, that type of use. It has a 60 gallon holding tank which is a bonus and the fact that it runs on 230 volts is also a good indication that it has a true 3 HP motor as rated. If it was running 110 volts and the manufacturer claimed 3 HP on the motor I would strongly question it.

The CFM "rated" output is respectable both at 90 and 40 PSI, any use of a paint gun for extended periods would tax the ability of this compressor to keep up, causing heat and moisture to develop. If you where planning on painting or priming parts, a desiccant dryer would be a good investment...even for air tools a desiccant dryer would help...it would remove the moisture coming from the condensation created from compressor head heat.

It looks like a decent compressor, as long as it's not used past it's limits.

Ray
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I agree with 69Widetrack on the desiccnat dryer. They are kind of expensive but they work really well. I have a homemade one that im working on for the air line system that i plumbed into the walls of my garage but i also have one from Ingersol Rand that is about 6"in diameter and about 16 inches or so long. My small angle grinders use to get enough moisture going through them that they would freeze up if it was cold outside. I put quick disconnect Milton type M fittings in my system but what ever you like will work. When using the IR Dryer it has a radiator petcock on it and i usually tilt the dryer so any moisture runs to the bottom and just crack the valve a little so any moisture that condenses will run out. This saves on the desiccant use. BTW pure crystal cat litter is a great desiccant and its cheap in comparison.

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Thanks for the replies..

Going to use it for my shop at home.. Just basic stuff.. air tools etc.. may paint with it someday.. its plugged into 230 by the way
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Thanks for the replies..

Going to use it for my shop at home.. Just basic stuff.. air tools etc.. may paint with it someday.. its plugged into 230 by the way
If your going to paint with it, a desiccant dryer in your air line would be a must have item. Try painting smaller things first, like a hood or deck lid, something that isn't that large like the side of a car or a complete car. See how your compressor keeps up...check to see if it's constantly running or if it cycles on and off while your painting. If it does cycle on and off, check to see how long it takes between cycles (how long it's off before it turns on again), the longer it takes to to turn on again the better. Check your compressor head for heat, the hotter it gets, the more moisture it will create. Drain your compressor and desiccant dryer regularly, check the water coming out of the compressor. If it's constantly a milky yellow color, you have oil in the water (a little milky color is normal, but this is a new compressor so you shouldn't have that much).

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Ok thanks alot for all the tips I'll look into a dessicant dryer..
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