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Oil/Water Seperators on Air Piping

I am going to be installing an IR air dryer along with 7.5HP 80 Gallon IR air compressor that I just picked up.

Do I need to install Oil / Water Separators in between the air compressor and the air dryer and between the air dryer and the wall mounted separator / regulator?

IR recommends doing so in their product literature, but is it really necessary? Doesn't the air dryer function like an Oil / Water Separator in itself?


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Depends on what you intend to do with this thing, that's a lot of compressor. If you are talking about an average shop then probably not but if it is to be used in a multi-employee facility that will be working constantly for 8 hr days or more then it would probably be a good idea.

If you are talking about the refrigerated drier I think you are along with that compressor you are going to have a very nice set-up there!
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Do you have some drawings, and how long the pipe is beween the dryer and the compressor. Also the type of pipe and what size.

Air compressors make a lot of hot air that needs a good run of piping to cool it.

Heres a set up without an air dryer that works, anyway.

http://www.1969supersport.com/draw1.html

Rob

http://www.1969supersport.com
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water trap

Yes, install a water trap in the system even if you don't intend to paint, you still need to keep moisture out of your air tools.
I was a Beemer tech for 33 years, I had a water trap AND auto oiler mounted on the end of my tool box into which I plugged a shop air hose.
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