|Forum topic by psient||posted 04-26-2012 02:03 PM||1960 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
04-26-2012 02:03 PM
Anyone willing to share how they have set up their compressor for draining water from the tank?
I accepted delivery of my new air compressor Friday last (4/20/12). The machine is a BellAire High Flowrate 80 Gal 5hp. The fitting size on the tank is 3/4” FNPT.
I have purchased a an air filter, desiccant air dryer, and regulator. These will be installed in the order listed.each is rated for the SCFM, and psi the compressor outputs. I also purchased the pipe and fittings from Rapidairproducts for a 1/2” distribution in my shop.
I have one remaining issue before I complete the installation involving the draining of the tank on a regular basis. I am seriously considering an automatic condensate drain valve. There are many out there and the installation seems to be simple. However, I could also fabricate a simple manual drain with a ball valve and some tubing. The problem is I know I’ll forget to purge the air from the tank. I’ve looked at the cheap harbor freight solution but will not consider that. I’m leaning towards the Devilbiss as it is the only one I can find with all-brass castings/fittings, including the ball valve.
I’m undecided but need to close on this today as I begin the installation and hope to have it finished by the end of the weekend.
Hope someone has some experience with automatic drain valves, as well as a forget-proof set-up.