Mark J

Pancake compressor under pressure

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Huh i never knew they had different valves on air compressors. My compressor is an Emglo  and it came with ball valves. After having this and using my dad's pancake i don't think i could do an oil-less compressor, they are good but the other ones are just better.

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This little DeWalt has a ball valve, too.  Yipee, another job I don't have to tackle.  Especially nice since the battery back up sump pump broke this morning and I now have to devert my free time to the under-entertaining task of figuring out how to fix or replace it.

I emptied the pancake and there was barely a drop.  I'm gonna take the "ignore it" tack at least until the summer.

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I don't use my pancake compressor very often. I drain the water when I'm done using it, but not all of the air.

On my big compressor, I plumbed in two junk air conditioner condensers (pinholes) out of a semi and a water separator between the compressor and the tank. That removes 99% of the water from the air before it goes in the tank. I added a drain pull valve (pic below) to easily drain the tiny amount of moisture that does get in the 60 gallon tank.

I have ball valves to shut off the air to the hoses when I'm not using them.

drain valve.jpg

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I always empty mine when Im done with it that day.  My thought is (probably incorrect) that would help maintain the condition of the seal(s)

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