Bostitch BTFP02012--sporadic loss of tool pressure

by LaMar Grafft
(Farmville, North Carolina)

Bostitch BTFP02012 air compressor

Bostitch BTFP02012 air compressor

Fairly recent problem on 2-3 year old compressor, moderate usage. Compressor builds up pressure in tank without problem, regulator set at 120-130 psi. At times while nailing, I have sudden loss of regulated pressure, it drops to zero. It might work fine on 200 nails, then nothing. Today when it happened, I unplugged the hose and the pressure immediately went to 120. Plugged it back in and it dropped to zero without using it. No air leaks, no change in regulator setting. Nothing compromising the hose. Different nail guns produce the same resulting problem. Suspect a malfunctioning regulator?

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Jan 05, 2019
Bostitch BTFP02012 loss of tool pressure
by: Bill

Hi LaMar... if the tank pressure gauge reads higher than the 120-130 PSI setting on the regulator, yes indeed, the problem certainly points to a regulator malfunction.

The only other thing that I can think of that would cause this is if there was debris in the line from the tank to the regulator.

Once you get the cover off the regulator manifold, I hope you don't find anything untoward in the plumbing.

One other thought. The regulator will cost you $10-$20 or so depending on where you acquire it. I see this compressor is on sale, right now, for $99 delivered. I'd be tempted to buy a new one and keep the old one for parts... just my .02 worth!

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