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Forum topic by clattin posted 07-25-2013 07:47 PM 686 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-25-2013 07:47 PM

I’ve had a Porter-Cable pancake compressor for many years and its now not running my Porter-Cable brad nailer and finish nailer…..I hook them up and nothing. I tested the nailers on my buddies compressor and they work fine. My compressor seems to work fine otherwise. I have it set to deliver about 100psi of pressure and I have tried adjusting it up and down without success. The pressure goes up and down appropriately, it just doesn’t run the nailers.

For what its worth, I have NOT been good about draining the tank after use….could that be contributing to the problem?

Thanks!
Chris


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#1 posted 07-25-2013 08:10 PM

Can you do anything with it? Does your hose get air in it? I would drain the air and water and remove the outlet fittings and look for blockage. Also suspect that the regulator is not sending air through even though it is set on 100. I have same compressor, but have not had this problem.

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#2 posted 07-25-2013 08:21 PM

If you’ve never drained it… do it now! I’ll bet the fitting(s) are all crudded up and pretty well blocked from all that water corrosion. Take off the fittings from the hoses and the tank, and you might be able to clean the fitting ends and openings with some WD40.

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#3 posted 07-25-2013 08:23 PM

I think joe has properly diagnosed the problem.

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#4 posted 07-25-2013 09:43 PM

last time this happened to me I was standing on my hose ;)... sounds like you at least know the clog is on the other side of the pressure gauge??

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#5 posted 07-25-2013 09:48 PM

It works fine otherwise. I’ll take it apart tomorrow and oil the fittings!

Thanks!
Chris

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#6 posted 07-25-2013 09:58 PM

“It works fine otherwise. I’ll take it apart tomorrow and oil the fittings!”

What is there to oil? It is an oilless compressor.

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#7 posted 07-26-2013 12:13 AM

He’s referring to fittings which may be seized due to rust/corrosion.

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