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Project by DrewT posted 03-25-2013 04:43 PM 1954 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This older compressor was given to me not working. I paid 54- to replace the start capacitor and now it works great but it’s heavy so I made a scrap pile cart for it. Didn’t take a picture of it but it’s sitting on a furniture dolly from HF that I paid 7.99 – cheaper than buying casters separately. It’s put together with a 2 in 1 brad/crown nailer from HF I paid 16.99 for – scary using this for the first time.

The third picture is what I did Saturday morning and while out there my wife painted the cart before I was done with it – so much for the raw wood look. Now I’m trying to figure out a crank for the hose reel because it is not easy to wind on the free spool I picked up from Home Depot which was from chain link that was sold out.

I could use some advice on the reel – Thanks!

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#1 posted 03-25-2013 06:58 PM

Nice score on the compressor. I dont think you’re gonna get a spool to work very good mounted above the compressor like that. I think you’d be better off putting a bracket on the side and hand-coiling the hose when you’re done using it. Just my 2centavos worth of brainstorming :-)

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#2 posted 03-26-2013 12:21 AM

Someday I hope to get some really FLEXIBLE air hoses, since what I have are so stiff they fight me…. good job though, between pawn shops and yard sales and neighbors I have scored some decent gear, just no time to get ‘em working for me!

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#3 posted 03-26-2013 12:43 PM

Love that third picture. What do you do cut grass for a golf course? Just kidding, nice big yard. Love your cart idea.

@Jpedi, I know what you mean about stiff hoses. I have to uncoil mine and straighten it out by throwing it out in the yard, then do the same thing to coil it back up. There’s got to be better flexible air hoses.

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#4 posted 04-11-2013 02:44 AM

Even throwing them out in the yard doesn’t really do a LOT to help…. I am glad to hear I’m not the only one with an “issue”.... hehe…. maybe there’s an opportunity here for a killer invention!!! Think Wham-o and the Frisbee!! Hula Hoops!

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#5 posted 04-11-2013 06:37 AM

I ended up mounting a manual hose reel from HF i picked up for 17- it works well…

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