adding a tank

by brian
(bethel mn)

what will happen if i add a tank to my compressor that i have now. will it add cfm? im thinking of puting a shut off on it so i can use it only when i need more air.


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Bill says...

The only down side to adding a bunch more compressor storage tanks is that you have to consider Duty Cycle.

On the site map page, see the page on Duty Cycle under General Information, and the information provided about adding a tank under Tanks.

Cheers,

Bill

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Adding a second tank w/ lesser pressure rating

by Dave Deschenes
(Golden, CO)

I have two Craftsman "pro" series compressors. One is rated @ 175 psi,(new one-2010) and one rated @ 135 psi, (2002). The pump on the older one "threw a rod" and trashed the crank. It'll cost around $350 to repair,so I thought I could add the tank to the new one as a reservoir, but I don't know if I should pressurize the old one to 175 psi.,which is what the new one is rated at? (P.S.,I have all the switches, regulators,check valve,auto drain, etc.) Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Lil Dave.

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Bill says...

Dave, it were me, I'd err on the side of caution. If the old system was rated for 135 PSI, adjust the pressure switch on the new one to cut out at 135 PSI.

That is, unless you examine the old tank very carefully for a plate or some indicator that it's suited for 175 PSI.

Consider the source of the tank, the likely quality of the metal that's in it, the fact tht it's 8 years old, and again, err on the side of caution.

Free advice. Worth every penny you've paid for it! :-)

Cheers,

Bill


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ADDING A TANK

by Brock
(Gilroy Ca.)

want to add a tank to my home compressor so it will run air tools longer how should i plumb it

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Bill says...

Hi Brock.

Why not look at the section on this website about adding an air tank?

www.about-air-compressors.com/add-an-air-tank.html

Cheers,

Bill

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Adding a second tank

by Chuck Locher
(Roy, Utah)

Bill, Thank you for steering me from disaster, I was thinking of swaping pulley size on my motor to gain more CFI out of my compressor. Without you, I could of made the nightly news. You suggested adding a second tank. I do have a smaller compressor, I can take apart and add the tank. My compressor is a 60 Gal., 3.2 hp, 10.2 cfi @90 psi, 135 max cfi. I'm adding a 26 Gal tank next to it. What can I expect to see after adding the 26 Gal tank? Thank you for your help. Chuck






Hey Chuck, welcome back!

Glad you didn't make the nightly news.

Listen, did you get a chance to review the information here on the pages about adding a second tanks?

Do have a look, and if you have any more questions, please write back.

Cheers,

Bill

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