Workshop Development #44: I have achieved Sprayvana!

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 06-29-2012 03:35 AM 2059 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 43: Or in this case deconstruction to make way... Part 44 of Workshop Development series Part 45: Cleaning up my shop in preparation for the miter / mortising / storage station build. »

Okay, so I admit it, I was trying to make the old Central Pneumatic 2HP 8 gallon compressor do duty driving a spray gun. Hey the specs on the spray gun were fairly low, But having to stop so often to let the compressor catch up was getting old, FAST… I mean it worked, more or less. But progress was painfully slow. So even with the upgrades I made just a few days ago on the little compressor, I did what I should have done in the first place, and got a bigger compressor…

The work needs to happen now, and now I don’t have 220V, at least not yet. So I was looking for the best 110V compressor I could find, and as I had mentioned before, I had it narrowed down to 4 compressors, a Craftsman Horizontal 25 gallon, a Husky Vertical 30 gallon, an Ingersoll Rand horizontal 30 gallon, and a Central Pnuematic vertical 29 gallon.

After reading the reviews, I quickly wrote off the Craftsman as too unreliable, and after reading the price tag, I wrote off the Ingersoll Rand as out of my price point by a factor of 2. I really wanted to stay under $600.00 for everything… That left the Husky, and the Central Pneumatic…

The reviews for the CP were actually quite a bit more favorable as Husky seems to have shipped a few that pick up a rod knock during break it (NOT a good thing), but Home Depot did offer the extended warranty. They were both close enough in price, the CP for $349.00 + tax and extended warranty, the Husky for $429.00 + tax and extended warranty (anything that expensive gets the extended warranty. Cheap insurance to me!). So it was down to physical inspection time…

Simply put, the components on the CP won this comparison, hands down. Metal belt guard cage instead of plastic, both were fitted with Marathon 2HP motors, the CP had a MUCH nicer regulator, the one on the Husky looked like the thing I pulled off my 8 gallon CP last week. Not impressed. The CP regulator is well milled, and well executed…

Now the piece d’resistance… Casually hand the cashier the 20% off coupon, scan, and $69.00 and change off! That paid for the extended warranty right there! For what it’s worth, I was buying some other items at the time that I thought the coupon would apply to…

So I got it home, and VERY carefully unloaded this beast out of my truck myself, (it’s not exactly light) wheeled the box to the shop, and carefully removed the compressor, including a little pallet then mount it to, out of the box and review the manual.

Next step was to assemble this sucker. 2 wheels, 2 rubber feet and 1 handle, that’s it! Next is the break in. Verify the break in oil is in the pump, open the tank drain valve. That’s no cheesy Petcock valve down there! That’s a nice smooth ball valve! Insert a male QD with nothing on it in the female, and fire it up for 10 minutes… Okay so I let it run 15, I got a phone call…

Stop it, close it up, drain and refill the oil. Yep, just like the 8 gallon, the drain plug is in the worst possible position and next to impossible to cleanly drain this sucker. I made a little funnel gizmo out of aluminum foil to guide the draining oil to the catch pan, drain all the oil out I can, put plug back in. Next to no metal. Actually the drained oil looks really clean for break in oil!
Put new oil in pump case to proper level, put stopper back in, and fire it up…

Considering the 2HP motor, and nearly 30 gallon tank, this thing fills up REALLY fast. And it’s quiet. Unlike the 8 gallon which I can hear all the way across the house, you have to stand next to the shop door to hear this one running…

So the compressor is up, broken in, running, now what? Oh yeah, I upsized to support spraying right? Grab the spray gun, reduce some latex paint with some Floetrol per directions, run it through a strainer into the paint cup, connect the hoses to the regulators and filters and adjust the pressures, connect spray gun to the hose, and to the inside of the compressor box, well, get busy adjusting the spray gun… Okay gun adjusted, do the same with the Husky gun. Gun adjusted, and NOW the compressor kicks on!

Drain back and clean the guns per directions. Done… Use blowgun to blow spray guns dry. Done…

I am gonna LOVE not having to hear that little compressor kick on all the time any more, as is my wife, and my neighbors!

I am a little hard pressed to know what to do with the 8 gallon though. It IS a nice little compressor for what it is, especially after the upgrades. But I need the space. I am considering selling this thing, or donating it to my church. The latter I think would be best. I need to check to see how that would work…

This IS going to change my shop arrangements, and will likely mean the Thien pre separator has to go. But I can always put a baffle in the DC and call it good! I REALLY want my compressor next to the dust collector for space reasons. They are not something I interface with too often, just turn on, and off, and to empty…

Can’t wait to start spraying that ceiling!

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#1 posted 06-29-2012 07:29 AM

Sounds like you have been a busy boy? have fun with the spraying. I have a 30 gallon Sealey vertical compressor and a small 4 gallon 1.5hp compressor which I do all of my work with. I bought the Sealey a couple of years ago in anticipation of spraying. I have still to use it. It stands in the corner of the shop under my timber pile. Perhaps one day, when time allows I’ll even get around to running it in.

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#2 posted 06-29-2012 02:03 PM

OK, I am getting graphically deprived…....youse gotta get some pictures into the blog!! I promise I will do my best to get out some kind of blog on my updated shop here in La Conner…...........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#3 posted 06-29-2012 02:52 PM

Do you REALLY want to see the destruction in progress?

I should snap a couple of pics of the new compressor, but it is just sort of living un-tidily next to a plastic shelving unit that is in desperate need of reorganization…

Jim, you have mentioned you were interested in going with a compressor a while ago… Do yourself a favor and learn from my mistakes… If you have the slightest inkling you are going to want to spray, or run air sanders etc… get as big of a compressor as you can afford, and can fit in your shop!

FWIW, I had passed up the HF 21 gallon unit in favor of this 29 gallon. The specs for the 21 gallon were, except for tank capacity, below those for my 8 gallon, and the build quality left me not feeling so good about it…

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#4 posted 06-30-2012 04:01 PM

Here, where the shop has to be mobile and fit into a corner of the garage, a big compressor wouldn’t fit. At home, if I started spraying, I would install a compressor of decent size in the storare area behind the garage, and pipe the air into the shop. But right now, I am not doing much of any woodwork, so the question is moot. That should change sometime in July or early August when I am done programming. In the meantime, my little 6 gallon compressors in each shop serve to do their required tasks fine. But YOU definitely need big time air!

OK, the big news here from yesterday was….....

After calling Grizzly in Bellingham, we found out that the G0457 was out of stock, and the next step down, the G0555LX was on sale. The G0555LX is the new and improved version of the the G0555. It cost exactly 1/2 of the G0457. That’s a savings of $500, with the quality difference being in issues not too important to me. At least not for this shop, where only small projects and handyman stuff is planned. And the big resaw fence came included with the saw. I mean, this was a no brainer for this small shop. It has a 1hp motor, and the lighter base like the G0555, but has an improved quick release, and cast iron wheels, a better fence, and better blade adjustment mechanism. I bought a couple of extra blades and the mobile base. Brad and I put it together yesterday, and today we will give it a test run and tune-up.

One note of caution….....enter a Grizzly show room at your own peril, because it is a woodworkers dream place. Wow, could sure spend a lot of money there in a hurry.

So, getting stuff in the shop that I can blog about….....


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 06-30-2012 10:02 PM

Spraying is the only reason I needed to upgrade. Mind you, I COULD have made the 8 gallon compressor work, but it was frustrating having to stop and wait for the compressor to catch up. Yes it is big. It’s not too big, but it’s not as small as I would have liked. I would have preferred a horizontal tank model, but I wasn’t able to find one in my price range that had specs worth a dang, or to be blunt, that Craftsman was visibly poorly made… Not sure how to explain it, just cheesy parts…

I had BAD insomnia last night, so I ended up straightening out that shelving unit mostly last night… I have one shelf I need to finish up with, but it’s going good…

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#6 posted 07-01-2012 03:13 PM

I got a bunch of things going in this little shop now, but I am mostly learning to use my new tools. The band saw will get used today, I think. The plunge saw is in use. So is the miter saw, but found I have to calibrate the laser…...........

Insomnia is always a bad thing…..........I usually sit at my computer until I get sleepy, that usually works…......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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