Can an air receiver be too big?

by John
(New Orleans)

We have a 375 cfm electric screw compressor fed into an 8" pipe that is 2,000 feet long with outlets every 100' for using various air tools or Coppus blowers.

Does this 8" pipe act as a receiver or should we also have a receiver between the compressor and the pipe?

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May 10, 2017
air receiver too big?
by: Doug in

That's about 700 cubic feet, so it would take a couple of minutes to charge it fully with that compressor, with the outlets closed.

More specifically, the only way a receiver can be "too big" is if it makes the compressor run more than its duty cycle, which shouldn't be an issue with a screw.

Is there an issue?

May 10, 2017
Air receiver size
by: Bill

John, your question can be answered a number of different ways.

Yes, the 8" main is definitely a receiver of sorts.

Should you add another? If you've got a shortfall of air at any of the stations, then, having a receiver nearby will help aid that stations air supply.

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