I'm planning to go pick up a used air compressor on a flatbed trailer.
It's a 60 gallon vertical tank with a oil-lubricated reciprocating type
compressor on top. Is it okay to lay it down on it's side for 20
minutes or will oil drain into places it's not supposed to?
I bought one brand new about two years ago, I had NO choice BUT to lay it on
its side in my Explorer. It actually had to stay in the truck overnight
because there was no way that I could get it down the stairs without help,
once I got the the help I hooked it up and it has worked perfectly ever
since. It was moved again last year, but not in the same fashion. Now its
all plumbed in its new home and purrs like a kitten.
It is possible that oil could enter the cylinder and get on the top side
of the piston. Unlike an engine, the exhaust valve on a compressor
operates as a check valve, but it still could create problems if there
is a significant amount of oil above the piston when the compressor
is turned on. Given how easy it is to drain the oil from most compressor
crankcases, you might consider doing that.
Make it as simple as possible, but no simpler.
Larry Wasserman - Baltimore Maryland - lwasserm(a)sdf. lonestar. org
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