Tow Behind Air Compressors
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You can see tow behind air compressors everywhere. On construction sites and on road construction, in construction yards and so on. The owners of tow behind air compressors have issues with them too. There are a variety of forums on this site relating to "name brand" tow behind compressors. This page is a forum for those using this type of compressor and there is, at present, no forum here to ask questions about that brand.

Here are issues and comments about tow behind air compressors from actual users. I hope that their postings can help solve your problem. If no answer is found then please feel free to post a question of your own and maybe among all of us we can find an answer for you.

Forums to do with specific brands of air compressors are linked from the information page about that brand. See the list of compressor brand specific forums here.

Thanks a bunch to all who post questions, and to the very kind folks that take a minute to offer advice about a compressor problem, by adding a comment to that specific post. We all appreciate it.

Bill


Tow Behind Compressor Issues

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IR 750 builds pressure till it shuts down engine which spins backward 
Hello, My name is Steve, I have an IR 750 which has the following symptoms, start up seems fine. Air pressure builds whether or not the service air switch …

Oil in air on 201dr grimmer schmidt 
oil in air on 201dr grimmer schmidt compressor

Sullivan 210 compressor is surging 
Sullivan 210 compressor surges while sandblasting

No compressed air production 
just changed oil in the compressor side and now no air production. is there a safety switch to engage? does the oil system need to be bled? was kind of …

Sullivan 175 q sir compressor starts runs 15 min then shuts off 
I have a Sullivan 175 q air compressor with a John Deere Diesel engine starts good, sounds good, but after 10-15 min I see oil pressure drop and engine …

Smith diesel compressor shuts off on run 
Will crank and run on bypass, but shuts off when switched to run

Gordon Smith towable ATF Leak 
I have a 1989 200 CFM Gordon Smith towable with rotary screw and John Deere Diesel. It has started leaking ATF fluid from the throttle actuator and …

Leroi 160 idle and operating rpm, air pressure low 
I have a leroi 160 from 1976.. rotary screw compressor.. the problem I'm having is the engine will fire up and idle with air valve open, it only makes …

Parts for a smith towable air compressor? 
I have a smith towable aircompressor it has broke one compressoor on one cylinder where do i get any parts or is there any available? i have wrote …

Sullivan 185 tow behind compressor wont start. 
I have a Sullivan 185 tow behind compressor. It ran perfectly four months ago has been stored inside for the winter have tried to start today with no luck. …

Info on towable joy air compressor  
classwm60 60 gas shop # 49145 build at Michigan city,ind I would like to find yr. also what engine it might have it is a 4 cyl.flat head

smith towable compressor head problem  
I have a smith towable air compressor model 100 it blew apart one compressor on one cylinder where can I get parts I haven't been able to find any parts …

Smith compressor unloader rebuild kit 
where can i find o rings and rebuild kit for smith compressor unloaders

gardner denver won't idle down when full of air 
i have a 4 cylinder gardner denver gas compressor (1978) when it fills with air it chokes out the engine/ the governor won't kick down . just like the …

LeRoi Dresser 185Q Oil leaking from bell housing? 
It looks like oil is coming from under the bell housing? When running oil is a slight drip. Once the compressor is shut off the the oil really starts …

IR XP 185 oil in air about one min after startup 
Xp 185 starts pushing oil out which the air a min after startup, a lot of oil , it seems like the air comes out nice and clean but min after it's loaded …

Compressor oil for a 1967 Leroi tow behind compressor? 
What kind of compressor oil do I use in a 1967 Leroi tow behind compressor? DTE medium ,,, heavy OR light?

LeRoy Dresser won't stop making pressure  
I have a 1979 LeRoy Dresser 160 cfm gas vane pump compressor, it's been working just fine for years till the last week or so I noticed the pressure regulator …

Grimmer Schmidt 110 tow behind leaking antifreeze? 
Runs great but antifreeze leaks out of overflow after running under a load.

Joy tow behind compressor leaking oil 
Joy tow behind compressor with an International Harvester c-196 gas engine The compressor is leaking oil around an engine control actuator which I believe …

Need Manual for a 185 Lindsay tow behind 
The control system has been disconnected and re-connected (sort of). Need manual so we have some guidance to get everything connected properly. The …

Engine revs very high No Air 
I have an Ingersoll tow behind compressor with a 4-cylinder gas engine. It was working great then the engine started running really high and I now …

Smith 100 has pin hole leak, another has no air 
I have a pin hole leak in the air cooler. I want to use the compressor to blow out sprinkler systems, can I remove the cooler? I've seem smith schematics …

sullivan d18505 blows hydrolic oil out the lines and the pressure reducer 
the problem im having is at shut down, it runs fine but when we turn it off it blows hydrolic oil out the lines and the pressure reducer , have you heard …

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Holman 1997 model 51 runs good uses oil. 
Starts and runs good with one hammer but oil coming out of air discharge. Compressor shuts down when coming up to temp. Need to pull air temp switch …

Bypass switch issue on Sullivan tow behind 
Compressor starts fine but when bypass switch Released. shuts down. Change bypass switch same problem. When switch wires are bridged compressor runs.

79 Gordon smith starts fine then shuts off  
compressor starts fine and runs for about 20 to 30 seconds then shuts off can restart and same thing happens 79 Gordon smith tow behind 160 cfm compressor. …

Lubrication for davey gas tow behind compressor 
what type of lube is used in compressor?

Towed Compressors NO IDEA WHAT IS! 
Hi to all, recently a customer leave us a towable compressor. Engine and head works perfectly. I try to find the manufacture name but nothing. Engine …

Why is leroi 185 tow behind air compressor shutting off? 
I have a Leroi 185 tow behind air compressor. -to start you have to turn the toggle switch to on. -the start/run toggle switch to start. -push …

Sullivan 185 won't fire up. 
Good evening, I have a Sullivan 185 compressor with a John Deere diesel engine. Unit was running fine, shut it off and now it wont start. It turns …

Why is my compressor by passing oil 
My old trailer type compressor has developed a oil leak around the drive shaft. I have pulled the seals out and they appear in good condition and they …

When opening the valve quick burst then no air 
Compressor ran fine last time I used it. Now when I crack the valve quick burst then it wont rev up and kick into operation mode. I noticed that the …

Holman Rotair 13 Screw Compressor Stop Actuator Faulty 
I have just bought this Rotair 13 diesel screw comp and its in great shape and ran fine until today. First off does anyone know the cfm of this unit?It …

Need quiet used 185 CFM diesel compressor for museum 
Hi all, I run a museum in Nova Scotia, Canada. The museum is a wood working mill that ran on steam ... we recently conducted a test using a rented Mobilair …

Hydraulic fluid coming out of the air discharge  
375 cfm why do i have hydraulic fluid coming out of the air discharge end ?

I have Hydraulic leak in air compressor hose  
Hi guys how are you all? I have such aproblem i donnu from where are the defects ,when i start on my aircompressor jackhammer there is a hydraulic leak …

Diesel compressor stalls when outlet valve is opened  
Diesel road compressor / compressor hangs / stalls engine when outlet valve is opened Hi hope you can help compressor stalling when out let valve open. …

Engine under pressure  
Engine under pressure when idle ,giving out black smoke at low revs ,also leaking oil out filter when air valves closed

Looking for a gasket kit or rebuild kit for the Lindsay 55 compressor VH4 
I have a Lindsay 55 'GIVE'M AIR' with a Wisconsin 4cyl. Everything works fine just have a oil leak. Want to find replacement seals and gaskets or a …

Chicago Pneumatic compressor starts and runs then stops 
I have an older CP tow behind 185cfm air compressor with a Hercules 4 cylinder gas engine. It starts great and runs for a few minutes and then stops. …

Smith tow behind will not idle down 
Hello, I have a just bought a smith 100D 100 cfm 125psi 302 ford, tow behind compressor . As soon as it starts it runs wide open and when I close the …

I am looking for an air control valve off a towed compressor. 
I have a 200litre rand garage compressor which works fine with small air tools and half inch airline. I have sent for a large one inch drive impact …

grimmer Schmidt mono compressor wont hold pressure 
I've got a 105 cfm grimmer Schmidt mono compressor. I've replaced a 413 dollar part like mats in Dayton oh said so. It worked fine last year. Its got …

joy tow behind compressor starts fine as long as the valve is open 
The compressor starts and runs as long as u keep the air control valve open. Once u close the valve the compressor shuts down.

Holman 185 CFM pressure valve open - blowing air 
During a recent job the machine began to run full blast. Found a burst hydraulic line and a pressure valve blowing air. The machine was quickly turned …

Sullivan runs for about 5 minutes and then cuts off 
Sullivan compressor runs for about 5 minutes and then cuts off. I have a Sullivan diesel compressor. It will run for about 5 minutes and then cut off. …

dresser 125 air compressor when I use the air it dies 
It starts just fine but only gets 110 pounds of air but when I use the air it dies

have a joy 125 that starts building presure as soon as it starts  
I set the controls to start but its not working its the same as if it was in the on postion it starts building up presure right away so the motor …

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Oil intake problem with Ingersoll Rand 720 
I have an ingersoll rand 720 compressor which has developed a problem and I would appreciate your help and advice The compressor has a kubota Diesel …

how much oil should be in the air tank 
I have a 1981 ingersoll rand 185 tow behind air compressor and it needs oil in the air tank. what kind of oil do i use. thank you

IR tow behind air compressor will not shut off 
ingersoll rand air compressors with john deere diesel engine starts fine but turn switch off and will not shut off. what can i do to fix? Already replaced …

Hot air from a 385 IR tow behind air compressor 
I have a 385 ir compressor pull behind unit. It operates fine but the air is very hot. what causes this? _______________________ Hello Chad. Are you …

Need info on Colt/Quincy tow behind compressor 
I designed a air powered rotary well drilling contraption. My little Sears 6hp 60 gal oilless just doesn't have what it takes to run it properly. I figure …

Road compressor will not build pressure 
want to use compressor for sand blaster but can not get it up to7 bar reaches 9bar until you open valve drops to between 5 to 6 bar throttle opens up but …

what type of oil should I use for pull behind air compressor... 
I have a pull behind diesel power rotary air compressor, don't know the brand, is has a Kargard compressor, makes and holds about 175 lbs of pressure. …

IR 185 shuts off when cold when using jackhammer 
When I start my air compressor it runs fine cold it shuts off when I use the jackhammer if I dont let the compressor warm up. Its a diesel.If I try to …

Troubleshooting Holman Compair air compressors 
engine cuts out when it gets to air pressure _________________________ Bill says.... I believe that when this tow-behind type air compressor gets …

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