|Forum topic by Moron||posted 10-06-2009 01:59 PM||2037 views||0 times favorited||23 replies|
10-06-2009 01:59 PM
I thought I would share this so that no one might have it happen to them.
I have a big 5 HP air compressor that drives almost everything in the shop including but not limited to my air sanders, drilling, driving, mechanical tools, and my spray booth finishing equipment. It cranks out 21 cfm and albeit the compressor itself is old, she’s quiet and dependable. When I run to the house for lunch or head out the door to purchase supplies I most often leave it on and for 7 years this has been the case.
On Saturday afternnon I was sanding down a table when I heard a short squeel that seemed like it came from the compressor…..then another…...then a big sqeel and POOF, the electric motor burst into flames. I was quick of the mark and grabbed a fire extinguisher and in seconds the fire was out but not before filling the shop with acrid smoke….deathlike in its toxic smell….........
Had I not been in the shop…...........it probably would have burnt to the ground.
I am happy to say that after purchasing a new motor ($$$$CHING CHING$$$$$$$$$) that my 1962 Brunner compressor runs once again….quiet, powerful and am once again back in business.
Assuming that dust gets sucked into electric motors I bet its a good idea to take some comprssed air and blow the dust out on a regular basis…....it might not juts save your shop…...it might save your life!
-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso