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Old 03-28-2007, 09:40 AM
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Survivar (SAS) & HobbyAir Compatibility

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I'm getting ready to purchase a supplied air system for painting. I really like the Survivair full face mask with the hose off the side of the mask that can drape over your shoulder. A compressor for that mask from Survivair is almost twice what a Hobby Air system is. I was wondering if those with either system could comment on the connectors. I know the Survivair system comes with standard OBAC connectors but I can't tell what's on the HobbyAir system. What I'd like to do is purchase a HobbyAir 2 compressor and hose and use that with a Survivair full face mask. Any assistance would be much appreciated.

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I wouldn't do a lot of mixing the parts around from two different systems.

Heres some stuff you can read, might help a little.

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

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Actually it is a matter of having the proper couplings that match up..I would expect to have to change either the air line coupling or the mask coupling so they hook up.

I have done this on my system as I have some Mine Safety Equipment masks and needed to get a pump..Just had to change a coupling on the MSA mask to hook it up..Really no different from changing the coupling on an air tool so it hooks up with the couplings you have..

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I know what you're saying Sam, but it depends on who is doing what.

I worked with respirators for 20 years, supplied air, scba, negative pressure type. You need to be cautious working with it, it can be dangerous, adding couplings might be okay, but, I have seen different problems with supplied air, and that was with systems that hadn't been altered.

I'm sure you know what you're doing, but myself, I wouldn't encourage any of this altering, you never know who is going to do it, and how they will do it.

Most of time, a hobbist is alone in his garage, and if theres a problem, somebody isn't going to say, hey, somethings wrong, and go pick a guy up off the floor.

Not trying to scare anybody here, but, use caution.

Were not using these in an oxygen deficient atmosphere, but, some of these paint fumes, are the next thing to it.

I inspect my system before I use it, and I have a lot of respect for it, also I take really good care of it, my health could be effected if it malfunctions.

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I agree 100% with Rob, Breathing apparatus should be left to the designers. I know most of these things are simple enough and a lot of people will just brush this off as being too cautious but remember a persons life depends on these things and if you overlook something the results can be disastrous.
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