Ye Old Compressor

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Blog entry by dustbunny posted 08-29-2010 01:52 AM 2432 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While in the midst of organizing the shop, I moved my compressor and realized
how old it is. However, it runs like a champ. It is a bit slow initially to come up to full pressure,
but once there it runs everything I need it for, namely air sanders and nail gun.

This ol’ boy belonged to my husbands father, who if he was still alive today would be 106 years old. Wow !
It has a General Electric 1/2 hp motor on it which is the size dimensionally of todays 3hp motors.
They don’t make them like they used to that’s for sure.
My husband was going to take this to his shop and give me his 2 hp compressor which is an upright.
I am still undecided if I want to part with this one.
I really like the popping and hissing sound this one makes,
what do you think keep or trade ?



-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#1 posted 08-29-2010 01:55 AM

In my mind I see an old time diver’s suit attached to an airhose leading from this antique. You don’t see these anymore.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#2 posted 08-29-2010 02:04 AM

If you like it and it works fine and see no need to upgrade I’d keep it. If the upright takes up less space and space is at a premium for you then that would be your call! Like you said they don’t make ‘em like that anymore and I feel this will outlast anything on the market today and if it is taken care of by regularly draining the water build-up from the tank and any other needed upkeep.

BTW my grandmother lived to be 98 and my uncle was 104 when he passed on. They say he was the oldest and healthiest resident in the old folks home. He was still taking his daily walks at 104. I do not know how long his walks were but I understood it to take him a couple hours.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 08-29-2010 02:09 AM

And it’ll probably outlast most new compressors. The last time I bought a compressor, it took a lengthy search to find one that was NOT oil-less (I learned my lesson on those). Still though, the one I bought I worry every day when the piston or connecting rod will break in it. That’s what killed my last two compressors. You said a mouthfull when you said they don’t make them like they used to.
I say that you’re crazy if you get rid of it. I wish I could take it off your hands though if you did.


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 08-29-2010 02:15 AM

I am a sentimentalist, but I would keep it if it works for you. Bigger isn’t always better. Plus it is so nice to keep it in a family. Quality like that is priceless!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 08-29-2010 02:23 AM

Bigger is better.
Quit being such a girl and trade up.

Especially if the upright is red. I like red.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 08-29-2010 02:35 AM

Keep or swap… no trade…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 08-29-2010 02:42 AM

Hope you keep the little one’s fingers safely away when they visit is my only 2 cents. Cool looking though. They are repairable if you ever need too and maintenance isn’t too bad. Cool!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#8 posted 08-29-2010 02:50 AM

LOL Steve !!
The upright is red !

I am thinking I will keep it because swapping would involve me
helping to load it and unload it on the trailer, and loading and unloading the new one.
Hubbies shop is in a separate building here on the property.
His shop is below ground level but accessible from a driveway down to his garage.
A lot of work I’m thinking.
If I don’t have to help I will swap…hehe.


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#9 posted 08-29-2010 03:00 AM

that was a difficult one you throw out to us …..hmmm…...hmmmm… sorry can´t help you

take care

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#10 posted 08-29-2010 03:15 AM

It sounds complicated. Your husband wants to trade for it? ...hmmm, maybe he is trading up? Keep it in the family at least… or give it to me! The HF dust collector on the right won’t outlast it. I think I like old and dependable and most importantly, repairable. New stuff isn’t made to be repaired.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#11 posted 08-29-2010 03:18 AM

Tell him you want to keep it for sentimental value; it belonged to your daddy in law :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 08-29-2010 04:29 AM

i think father in law would love the idea that his daughter in law has the old one…i say keep it…no wonder steve always loved me in my red dress…he loves red… got me thinking…lol

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 08-29-2010 04:44 AM

Tell your husband, Dad will be smiling down on me for using something he had for a long time and served him well. A little cleaning up and some paint and you will have a unique conversation piece when you have visitors in the shop. Heck I’d almost be willing to trade my 60 gallon for that to be in my shop. I have some of my grandfathers antique tools in my shop that I treasure because they are unique and visitors will comment on them. I say hang on to that puppy Lisa, Old School is Cool.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#14 posted 08-29-2010 05:20 AM

I would stick with the antique. We all like to have some old tools around. That do what they were designed to do.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 08-29-2010 05:32 AM

Antique or new aside, the real question is what capacity do your tools require? I doubt you’ll run out of air on a nail gun as the tank is a good size and will give you the reservoir you need. But are you finding that when you’re sanding that you run out of air? If it meets your current tool demands, keep the old one. No point in spending time moving equipment when you can be working.


-- The Pacific Northwest - where men are men and trees are scared.

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