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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 07-16-2011 05:22 PM

All these comments are very helpful. Building on Earl’s comment, it is quite easy to add storage to a compressor. You just need a tank. I have a 35 gallon water heater tank downstream two feet from my compressor. That cushion allows the compressor fewer on/off cycles which I think will contribute to its long life. And would help with the quality of your work given the small amount of headroom you will have.

Scott’s comment about draining the tank is spot on. Most compressors require you to break your arm in two places in order to get at the petcock to drain them. A trip or two to the plumbing section of your local Ace Hardware and you can extend that petcock to where it’s real easy to do the job. It’s a very small investment that will extend the life of all the tools that are downstream (perhaps a poor choice of words) from the Pufferbelly.



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