Mobilizing a compressor?


Hi Folks,
I've a PC pancake compressor; at 60ish pounds, it's certainly portable enough around the base^w shop, but it's a bit of a different matter when hauling outside to do 'stuff'.
I was thinking of building something along the lines of a wagon. I want enough space for the compressor, a hose reel, and a cord reel. It would be easy enough to design something like this, but was wondering if anyone had already come up with a better solution. I'm sure I'm not the first person wanting to do this.
I've done a fair amount of googling, but haven't really turned up anything that's too relevant.
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John Thomas wrote:

I saw one in town which started out as a small dolly...
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I just made one out of two old lawn spreader wheels, a 2 x 4 piece of plywood from the BORG, a cheap plastic hose holder from the garden section and a tray/shelf built from scapes around the shop - a simple L shape with the wheels toward the rear and gussetts to strengthen the L joint. Seems to fit my purpose of moving it around the basement.
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We've been thinking along the same lines. I'm planning on buying a hand truck this weekend and modifying it to hold my compressor and accessories so its easier to move around. Mine is about in the 85lb range. Try here for an idea:
http://order.harborfreight.com/EasyAsk/harborfreight/results.jsp (search on hand truck if it doesn't show up)
A bolt on hose reel, a small basket to hold parts and it won't take up any more floor space than it does now. But I also won't have to lug that thing back and forth from my shop out in the back to the garage up front when I need some compressed air. The prices of the hand trucks are all over the map so go with one that fills the bill for you. They even have the ones (as shown) that can be used in both positions.
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BobS wrote:

http://home.carolina.rr.com/jayhanig/compressor station.jpg
Mine has rollers in the back only; also a long vertical piece that applies leverage so I can get the weight off the front and start rolling it. I got the idea from a "Tools and Techniques" episode on DIY.
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That one's kind of close to what I was thinking (you meant the convertible one, right?). And at $24 the price is right. I'm not sure I could build something any cheaper than that, even with all the scrap wood I've got laying around. Shoot, the tires would run $15-20 ....
Might be a good excuse to run over to HF sometime this weekend.
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That is the one I'll be looking at - can't beat that price as long as it's not made out of tinfoil....;-)
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why not a wagon ? http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber2826 cheap and easy to mount stuff too. rolls over uneven ground too. Knight-Toolworks http://www.knight-toolworks.com affordable handmade wooden planes
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Why not??
My dad used to buy these wagons for us for christmas.
And then he would immediately find all kinds of light hauling jobs for us to do on the farm with our new "present".
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On Sat, 24 Sep 2005 11:24:33 -0700, with neither quill nor qualm,

I took one of those to COMDEX and advertised my business on the side while I collected over 150 lbs of "stuff". They're VERY handy. I took it up and down several double-sets of stairs with ease, fully loaded!
I have the green garden style now with the expanded metal top/sides. (No, I'm no longer attending COMDEX.) It's like this with sides: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber8137
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quickly quoth:

Oh - I'll bet they just loved you trucking up and down the aisles with that baby Larry...
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On Sat, 24 Sep 2005 23:54:35 -0400, with neither quill nor qualm,

Yeah, I got a few scowls, but that was mostly by people who were going places in a hurry and almost didn't see the 3' tall BRIGHT RED wagon in their way. It takes up the space of two people standing, so it's not that massive. Whenever I stood to watch a demo, I parked it at the edge so it was out of the way.
Only two people were so oblivious as to miss seeing it and take a walk into the side. Luckily, it was loaded with brochures by then and didn't turn over with them on top of it.
BUT, I got about nine dozen comments like "Great idea.", "Damn, I wish I'd thought of that.", and "Wow, I'm bringing a wagon next year." I put a hook on the back of my belt so I could walk hands-free, and folks driving up and down the streets of LV gave me triple takes due to that one, raised lots of eyebrows. The real pleasure was walking up stairs with the wagon full of brochures behind me. Other people with boxes on their luggage hand-trucks cursed me as I sailed by with ease, those large pneumatic tires taking each step in stride. Another dozen folks asked where they could get a woody wagon like mine.
When I went to the Gutenberg Festival in Long Beach, I took the smaller, lighter hand truck with a legal-size archive box strapped to the bottom and my backpack cuffed to the top. A pair of poster tubes on each side allowed me to get some of the posters they were printing. I had 5 of them framed and still have them on my walls. A tiger playing in the snow, a shot of the Grand Canyon, a zoo of zebras at the watering hole, a German castle on a lake with snowcapped peaks in the background, and a shot of a grove of quaking aspens with a large snowy mountain range in the background. They're my prizes for having faced certain death in the depths of HelL.A. ;)
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I have two of them one was a cheapie like this one lasted about 3 years. then I invested a made in the USA one for 300.00 with shipping it's a lifetime for it. but they are a bit wide for me to use going to the post office. hard to get through the doors. so I have to use the wagon. Knight-Toolworks http://www.knight-toolworks.com affordable handmade wooden planes
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On Sun, 25 Sep 2005 00:06:32 -0700, with neither quill nor qualm,

I have one of their 600#-capacity hand trucks, too. It comes in really handy for the heavier loads in tight spaces. I wish I'd thought of using it to help me pull up some T fence posts last month.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber7520 I have one like this without the fenders and with 8" pneumatic wheels which was only $23 or so when I bought it on sale. I think HF stopped selling them.
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For small stuff I take my portable tank with me. Similar to http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumberA712 but I made mine out of an old freon tank. Its good for about 50 shots of the brad nailer.
Otherwise I have 2 50' hoses that get me most places around here. They were about $10 ea at HF on sale.
For true portability you may want to consider a utility cart like http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumberQ07 which is useful for other tasks as well. I have my CMS on one.
If you have stairs to negotiate then a hand truck or a welding cart may be the way to go. http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber7520 http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumberC615
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Hmm. This has definite possibilities. The extra large wheels would be a bonus. We are "out in the sticks", so there's a bit of terrain around the house (making dollies or service carts not workable -- the casters are way too small).
Gotta wonder about the 35# limit on the shelves though. (Wonder if that's the sheet metal limit or the weld/braze limit?)
I'll put this one on my short list -- if it's just wimpy sheet metal, I've got plenty of scrap melamine that could work as a reinforcement.
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On Fri, 23 Sep 2005 19:08:22 +0000 (UTC), John Thomas

I have a ton of hose and an extra regulator with quick connects on it.
Leave the compressor alone, set the output pressure about 10 psi high, fine tune locally with the second regulator, and Bob's your uncle!
Aside from that, I'd build a simple, hand truck compatible base. If you build bases, you only need one hand truck for all of your tools. No need to buy extra trucks or wheels for each item.
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The wagon could work. If you go that route, put a top on it and you have a portable work surface too.
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