Having an issue with identifying an older air compressor? Air compressors have been around in one form or another since the dark ages. If you need help in identifying an older air compressor in order to try to source parts, find a compressor manual, or just get some online guidance on proper use and so on, this is the page to do it!
This page will also provide an opportunity for readers to post photos of their old air compressors so that someone can help identify them!
Table of Contents
- How to Identify an Older Air Compressor
- Help Identifying an Old Air Compressor
- Existing Identifying an Old Air Compressor Pages
How to Identify an Older Air Compressor
Air compressors support various types of tools, which are ultimately spared the strain of running off separate motors. With older compressors, the appeal may center on the rarity of an old machine, or even the novelty in having an outdated piece of machinery that is still operable.
Most air compressors should have a nameplate like the one in the image below. If it does, you should read it as it will have all the information you need!
If your compressor doesn’t have a nameplate, then you should search for distinguishable markings on the tank or the pump like brand names or model numbers.
Identifying an older air compressor can be done with the 4 following steps:
- Check backside of the tank to see if there’s a stamp that lists the year that the compressor was produced along with the manufacturer. If only the manufacturer name is present, do a google search of the brand compressors
- Look along all sides of the air compressor for a patent number, which is often listed near the name of the manufacturer on most older compressors
- Go to google patens and run a search on the patent number (if you find it), this will provide you with basic information on the model including the manufacturer and issue date
- Upload images of the air compressor to a forum like this page where other compressor connoisseurs are likely to recognize the model
Help Identifying an Old Air Compressor
To make it easier for your compressor to be identified, please add at least two photos, preferably four photos, one photo from each side. More photos of an older air compressor almost always leads to faster help.
No photo? Sorry, your posting cannot be approved for this page.
It’s very difficult to identify an older compressor, particularly one without identifying numbers, so in order to get your post approved for this site, at least one, and preferably more, photos must be added to your comment. Please click the “paper clip” icon when you’ve posted the words, and add the photos before you submit. Thanks.
Below there are a number of existing compressor identification requests already posted. As you scroll down the page to the new-question form at the bottom, please have a look at some of them. If you can help identifying another owners compressor it would sure be appreciated by all.
Existing Identifying an Old Air Compressor Pages
If you need help identifying an old air compressor then please leave a comment below with a photo so that someone can help you!