No progress to speak of with regards to the busted compressor. I got
one of the screw-in type extractors, but haven't had the time to try
it out yet.
I'm writing in though to post a little bit of a gloat! I was at a
local pharmacy to get a drink where I noticed a small air compressor
looking like it might be in the queue for the dumpster, laying on its
side behind the counter.
I asked about it, and they said that it was broken and they had
replaced it, but that they hadn't gotten directions from above about
what to do with the old one. I told them that I had room in my car for
it, if they wanted to avoid the task of carrying it to the dumpster.
They took my number and asked me to wait for a call or come back
later, so they could have a chance to talk to their management.
So I went back on Friday and came home with a Gast D300X air
compressor. It was built in 1999, but hey, I'm not complaining.
I can't find any vendors that sell this model online, but Grainger has
just the compressor part for over $400, so I think I did OK. :-)
Is there any other woodworking potential for this little guy, like
running a spray gun or something? I'd hate to waste its potential on
something as basic as running nail guns.
continuous duty. Does that mean I could add another, larger tank and
get some use out of it?
All you would accomplish is that it would take longer to come up to
system pressure and as long as you consumed less than you generated,
you could operate continuously.
If you consume more than you generate, you will be able to operate
longer before having to stop and wait to catch up, but you still have
There ain't no free lunch.
If it were mine, I'd plug it in, if it worked, great.
If it doesn't, how fast can you get to the dumpster?
Oh it works, I was just pondering what future use it might have in my
I realized last night that one good use for it might be to some of
those vacuum clamps. I bet it would work really well for that.
Otherwise, I'll stick it out at the project house on the old family
property so we don't have to lug the big one out there when we get a
round toit. :-)
I have somewhere between 1/8" and 1/4" of metal, I think, between the
new drain hole and the existing threads. I have a customer service
ticket in with Bostitch to see if they can inform me as to how those
things are attached. If I can get that information, and get the other
one off, I'll be able to use that to work on the mangled one.
Thank you for your excellent post.
As to the uh, nipple extractor, is there a recommended one for this
kind of thing? Is the screw in one better than the square one? Good
lord, I can only imagine the innuendo potential when you're talking
about pound in, screw in, and ridgid pipe extractors. Yeesh. :-)
If I understand correctly there is a BRASS remnant of your
drain valve you want to remove? If it is brass, you might
take the unit to a welding shop and just have them melt the
brass out of the threads, which I assume are probably steel
or a welded on steel insert. Even if the insert was brazed
on the tank, just have the welding shop braze it back on
after melting the drain valve. regards, Joe.
On Tue, 7 Apr 2009 05:59:35 -0700 (PDT), N Hurst
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