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01-26-2007 10:24 PM  10 years agoPost 1
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i recently upgraded my compressor. i went from a little 1 gallon hobby type deal that i mostly use for airbrushing. but i also use the larger paint guns and some air tools. so the 1 gallon compressor wasn't cutting it anymore.

so, there was a sale. normally this compressor goes for $250 before taxes. well...between the 50% off sale, gift certicicates, and points i had, i walked out of the store with it paying only $50 out of my own pocket.

its a 5 gallon 3hp (peak) oil lubricated compressor. i wanted to know if i HAVE to use compressor oil for the crank case. or if i can use a thin motor oil? just because the motor oil is easier to get, its everywhere, but the compressor oil isn't.

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01-26-2007 10:27 PM  10 years agoPost 2
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I would use compressor oil only...it's available at almost every automotive store...including Canadian tire and walmart.

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01-26-2007 10:29 PM  10 years agoPost 3
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yeah, i'm just wondering if its just a way to make more money. put the same oil in a different container and boost the price just for the the fact that its for compressors. kinda like our hobby, if its for a plane, its cheap, if its for a heli...oh...well. those guys are rich, lets write "heli" on it and double the price!

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01-26-2007 10:30 PM  10 years agoPost 4
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this is what i got.

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01-26-2007 10:54 PM  10 years agoPost 5
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oh well, i guess i shouldn't be too cheap. i just read that the oil only needs to be changed once every 6 months or 200 hours of running. i think i can afford $10 a year, haha.

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01-27-2007 12:24 AM  10 years agoPost 6
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I know it more $$ but it 's viscosity is better suited to the heat and it works like a tool lubricant ...I've cheated and used power steering fluid mixed 50...50 with engine oil....but it was just to top it up. I don't think I have ever changed compressor oil but if I do I don't think it will be every year. I had a commercial unit for nearly 10 years and never once changed the oil...opps...yes I changed it when I first got it (used) and the fellow who has it now probally won't bother untill it needs another servicing.

I now use an oiless compressor...it work well...but darned noisey.

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01-27-2007 12:55 AM  10 years agoPost 7
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yeah, see, i dont use the compressors often. mainly for painting, and the odd do it yourself type job.

my little one gallon compressor which is oiless makes about as much noise as my newer 5 gallon oil compressor. but it takes its CFM rating is so low its only real practical use is airbrushing. but i do take it apart once in a while to put grease on the o-ring on the piston.

i ran a test with my new one just a few minutes ago. i hooked up my touch up gun that i use to paint canopies. held the trigger down, and the pump was not only keeping up, but it was able to fill the tanks and shut down while my gun was running the entire time perfect!!!!

i figured they say to change the oil once every 6 months is because of moisture getting into the oil, like it does on a car. even if you dont drive 5000km, you should still change the oil every few months.

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01-27-2007 02:49 PM  10 years agoPost 8
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You MUST use a non-detergent oil in a compressor. If you use regular motor oil it will foam up and you will have a big mess on your hands.
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01-27-2007 07:20 PM  10 years agoPost 9
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ok, makes sense. i actually noticed that happening during break in.

the manual said before i compress the tanks for the first time, i have to run the pump for 20 minutes with the air venting out to break it in. i noticed after that 20 minutes there was a little foam on it. but 20 minutes is a pretty long time to run a pump though.

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01-27-2007 07:24 PM  10 years agoPost 10
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And you must vigorously predate your calender as well to avoid unwanted time compression.

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01-27-2007 07:25 PM  10 years agoPost 11
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01-27-2007 07:38 PM  10 years agoPost 12
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i guess you noticed i changed my name (Thanks Mark). haha.

i got rid of the Vigor a while back and i had suggestions from a number of people saying i should change my name. then one member who hangs out in the Hotgirls thread a lot whos name "rcstickman" shall remain nameless. suggested because of the hot girls i know, Predator would be fitting

plus i think Furious Predator sounds better. i also pretty much want nothing to do with JR anymore. i have gotten rid of anything that had to do with the Vigor. i sold one of my JR Gyros. the only thing i'm keeping is my 10X, the RX's, and a few servoes i never had trouble with.

i have gone from an exclusivly JR pilot, to a Century and Futaba pilot. and sofar i think its one of the best decissions i have ever made.

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01-28-2007 10:06 AM  10 years agoPost 13
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oh man, i jus went end read throuh some of meye postes. eye real shood chek me spelin b4 eye poste my gramy is ok thouh

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01-28-2007 06:26 PM  10 years agoPost 14
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I use Ingersoll Rand T30 Select Lubricant (full synthetic - part #32318883) in my compressor. -Steve

Here is the official Ingersol Rand write up.

All Season Select® lubricant is a synthetic, all-temperature blend that is designed to increase efficiency, reduce wear and prevent carbon buildup. It performs four times longer than petroleum-based lubricants. Recommended 2,000 hours of service between lubricant change-out under normal operating conditions.

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01-29-2007 02:11 AM  10 years agoPost 15
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sweet, 2000 hours service. i might have to get some of that.

Carbon deposits....there is no combustion....where do the carbon deposits come from?

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