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Forum topic by greg posted 01-14-2011 07:16 PM 6820 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-14-2011 07:16 PM

has anybody here ever used one of these and if so where i could get replacement parts—W. R. Brown company is the name but i dont think they are still in business


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#1 posted 01-17-2011 09:48 PM

Have you done a search online yet? There seems to be quite a bit of stuff although I didn’t check it all to see how up to date it was.
Here is the link to a Google search.
Is it working or are you looking for parts to fix it?

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#2 posted 01-18-2011 03:54 AM

it is working but its 50 plus years old and if it breaks ?? maybe i should just put it up and have it as a keepsake

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#3 posted 01-18-2011 08:20 AM

it is a cute little compressor alright! Would make an addition to a collection of old tools.
It would probably work OK for light duty with an airbrush or maybe for pumping up a tire or brad nailer if it had a tank as long as everything is still fairly tight.
If you had a metal lathe etc. you could probably make any parts you needed as they are probably mostly aluminum.
Those old little compressors were pretty well built, about the only thing to wear out are the rings and crank and the bearings are probably a standard size too.
If you don’t have a compressor and want one they are not too expensive for something big enough to run nailers etc and small spray jobs.

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#4 posted 01-18-2011 08:38 AM

If properly lubricated, it will probably last for eons!!

-- 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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#5 posted 01-20-2011 12:38 AM

That little guy is older than 50 years. I bought a modern version in 1964. Great little sprayer. Not much lub to do there is no piston the sprayer is a diaphragm type compressor. It WILL last forever.

Pop

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#6 posted 01-20-2011 03:34 AM

That is the way electrical components used to be under NEMA standards, the we dropped to European International standard designed to last 100,000 operations, now you are lucky if it lasts long enough to finish the installation ;-))

-- 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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#7 posted 01-20-2011 09:07 PM

Actually, I think the top of the head is the tank.

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#8 posted 01-21-2011 02:28 AM

The top of the head is not a tank. The way this little guy works is a crank shaft to a connecting rod to a rubber diaphragm. The diaphragm is a 1/8 or so thick round rubber disk sandwiched between the top casting & the lower casting. It has a connection to the connecting rod on it’s bottom side. The top casting (head) has a intake valve & an output valve. About the only thing I had to replace over many years was the diaphragm. After being jerked up & down a gazillion times it tears. Nothing to the repair. Unbolt the head. Take the damaged rubber disk. Scrape the joint clean. Put in the new part & bolt her up.

Pop

-- One who works with his hands is a laborer, his hands & head A craftsman, his hands, head & heart a artist

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#9 posted 01-21-2011 02:31 AM

Thats a neat compressor.

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#10 posted 06-01-2011 06:12 PM

I found one of these old compressor units in my garage, would you be able to give me any information on it.
It does work, but doesn’t look like its been used in years. what is the purpose of it? What attachments may go with it? these are the questions I have about it. I think its a cool little pump, but i dont want to ruin it. I would greatly appreciate and help you can offer

Thank you for your time,

Loui

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