How to hook up air compressor power

on a 80 gallon iron horse air compressor, how does the main power get connected


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Bill says...

Hi there. Saying your Iron Horse air compressor has an 80 gallon tank doesn't tell me much.

If it's connecting the wiring, you need to know what the HP of the motor is, and that should give you an indication if it is 120 VAC or 240 VAC.

If your Iron Horse air compressor is 110 VAC, it normally would come complete with a power cord that would plug into a standard outlet.

I suspect that since you are asking the question, your compressor is 220 VAC, and so I have one for you. Do you have a 220 VAC power supply to where you are using your air compressor?

If so, you can either rig a heavy duty cord with a 220 VAC plug, and install also a 220 VAC outlet, or you can wire the pressure switch directly to a junction box to which your 220 power supply is already connected.

While it is known that grounding yourself with a 110 VAC running through you might kill you, doing so with a 220 VAC current will, for sure, kill you. So if you don't know what you are doing, for goodness sake, spend the bucks to hire an electrician.

Cheers,

Bill

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throttle unloader valve - gasoline driven air compressor

by ray
(westland mi, usa)

how do i change the throttle unloader valve to operate in the range in need 90lbs-128lbs, it is currently set at 75lbs - 110lbs

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Drain water from the air tanks

by Gordon
(Huntsville AL USA)

I recently purchased a used compressor, it works great but I can hear water in the tank, but nothing comes out when I open the drain. Could the drain be clogged, if so how do I clear the drain?

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Bill says...

Yup, it sounds as though you've got tank debris blocking the compressor tank drain.

I can't see what type you have, but if you can't drive a stick or small nail up the drain hole to try and unplug the tank drain, then you'll have to pull the whole drain.

The symptom suggests its been a long, long time since the tank was drained, and that also suggests a high degree of corrosion inside the tank.

Before you start trying to stick something up the drain or to pull it, drain the air from the system.

Good luck.

Bill

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