Davey Air Compressors

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Davey air compressors have been around in one form or another since the 1920’s. The original Davey vane type compressor was designed and built by Paul Davey Sr., to fulfill the need of a lightweight portable air compressor for their tree cutting business.

Davey air compressors were among the first to use aluminum in the manufacture of their products to help reduce weight, making their compressors even more portable, since many of the Davey air compressors are portable, tow-behind devices.

During and after the second world war, Davey products were a major supplier to the U.S. air force, and in the late 1940’s all of their compressors were sold to the military.

Since then, Davey compressors have been owned by Alco Standard, Razete Bros., Fuller Company and then became Fuller-Davey Compressors. In 1998 Davey Compressor was sold to Jenny Products, Inc., whom are the owners today. Jenny Products is well known for their “Steam Jenny” steam washers.

One model of Davey air compressor
One model of Davey air compressor

Still, for more than 75 years, Davey rotary vane air compressors have been successfully used by clients throughout the U.S.

If you are seeking information about Davey air compressors, the first logical source is here the Davey Compressor website: www.daveycompressor.com. There you will find lots of information on all their current models.

I suspect they will be able to help with older models as well.

Davey air compressors manuals

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Please feel free to post a question about Davey compressors using the form below.

Are you a Davey Air Compressors owner and user? Maybe you could have a look at some of the questions and add your expertise as a comment? We’d all appreciate that.



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I have a late 80s Davey RPDQ190. It is leaking compressor oil into the motor bell housing, we have pulled apart twice and replaced seals on shaft into bell housing without luck, still leaking. Seals never appeared bad either. Feel we are missing something simple. Machine has been terrific for the 15 years we have used it for sprinkler winterizing, dry as a bone, no leaks, until last fall when it started leaking and we had to stop using it.
Thanks in advance,

How much oil are you talking about?
Is the pressure regulating properly?

It starts running out of breather on starter, the only actual opening other than seeping around where compressor bolts to bell housing. Approximately 1-2pts per hour if run continuously. Pressure seems to regulate properly, machine gauge and external regulator both track changes to air setting. Lower setting helps slow leakage. Did speak with someone at Davey today that felt confident that a screw looking seal we felt looked ok was our problem. Says they have all parts necessary to repair, but I must go through a dealer, have now been trying all day to find one locally here in Montana… Read more »

Sounds like that seal may be your something simple. Please let us know how it works out.
Good luck.