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Old 07-04-2005, 10:31 AM
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Inline Desiccant Snake Dryer

has anyone here tried this new inline snake desiccant dryer. seems like it may be pretty nice, made by devilbiss, it goes at the end of you air hose about 2 feet long ? think ill try it, mike.
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Mike, of course your best defense against moisture in the lines is a properly set up air supply. Proper pipe size, location, type, length before filter, layout, etc. All of that is MUCH, MUCH more important than any filter.

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That's an OK deal for the final line of defense against water but unless you have a properly piped,trapped supply,it won't last thru 1 hood down South.

I use refrigeration driers from Sporlan. A couple of 3/8" adapters coupled to a 3/8 flair drier inline at the paint hose reg. has been my trick for awhile.The driers cost me about $15.00 for a 16 c.i. which lasts me thru several jobs.
I have good piping and several traps and even with them,get moisture in the main line out the DA occasionaly which is why I have the paint supply piped thru the drier.
It's almost a necessity to use an air drier because with the humidity and proper piping,moisture is still a BIG problem. If you run a full on paint shop this is the ONLY answer but just doing a little hobby work,traps and the desicant drier will be OK for the paint line. It will not service the constant use of a DA or blasting cab as these desicant driers don't have much capacity and once full will pass it on down the line.
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They work good IMO. Just don't leave them open or the desicant will absorb moisture till it's full-even when not in use. I have two female fittings on the airline used for painting with the snake at the beginning near where the hose attaches to the wall mounted dryer. I also have a see through desicant trap at the gun to monitor if any moisture is coming through the line- the desicant turns from blue to pink. Although humidity is usually low up here I take no chances. Keep your snake desicant sealed when not in use, having female hose ends on both ends allows you to disconnect when you're done spraying leaving the line closed. My regular water traps control moisture well enough for regular shop tool air. I've been paying about $15 for the snake dryers, cheap enough, cheaper than buying desicant IMO.
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thanks for the info guys,i have two toilet paper filters and several water traps, my pipes are ran through my shop,probably 50 to 75 feet, i am still getting a little moisture so hopefully this helps,i should invest in a real devilbiss desiccant dryer, but at the time funds just arent there for that, im gonna give this a try, just for painting, thanks again, mike.
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...I should invest in a real devilbiss desiccant dryer, but at the time funds just arent there for that, ...
Mother...I feel your pain Mike!
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You might want to check out the desiccant driers at Grainger. I just bought one that mounts on the wall and it works pretty good. I have traps and a coalescing water separator in front of it so most of the water is taken out before the desiccant drier. The other thing nice about the canister type drier is that you can recharge the desiccant by cooking it at low heat in the oven to drive off the moisture. The desiccant drier with a load of desiccant was just over a hundred bucks delivered.
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