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ta2maki
03-13-2011, 04:25 AM
I've only received my compressor yesterday, so I haven't had much time with it. But I quickly realized that the lubrication schedule makes frequent removing and attaching the cover necessary. While I figure most are just running with the cover off, I have a pretty easy solution. Magnets! I put the cover screws on backwards so that the screws act as locating pins and glued some magnets to the inside lip. I sourced the magnets from the laser head of an old cd player and used hot glue. Now I can turn off the compressor and pop off the cover with ease when I have to relube the pistons.

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guanshee
03-13-2011, 06:11 PM
Great idea. I was setting one up myself which is similar.

Gabby
03-14-2011, 02:49 AM
super cool idea! it will be a while before i get mine but that will be a first addition!

slayer
03-25-2011, 03:42 PM
I run it without the cover and a $10 walmart fan to keep it cooler.
No hassle with disconnecting lines and or greasing , quick and easy. I slide the cover back on without bolts when done so nothing can be banged into my shoebox guts.:D

jdollar
03-26-2011, 08:57 PM
i have been doing exactly the same thing for the last 8 months. no matter what anyone says, the internal fan in the motor will NOT pull as much outside air through the case as a simple fan will blow over the unit when placed in front of the uncovered unit. i realize for liability reasons Tom has to recommend leaving the cover on while it is running but i could care less. simplicity is the name of the game for me. my shoebox is on a simple garden sprinkler timer and every 3 hours everything shuts off, in case i forget to come lube it. when i show up, it is a simple 10 second process to lube it and turn it back on.

Gabby
04-11-2011, 05:36 PM
Slayer and jdollar-When I got mine in, I did like yawl and put a fan on it without the cover and barely got warm in 2 hrs run time. No trouble with th SB whatsoever. After readin about some people havin' trouble I think it is due to heat build up. The aluminum swells and causes more clearances and might cause leaks and premature wear in o-rings.After 30 years of workin in a machine shop around compressors and building lots of pistons and shafts,etc. I learned how heat can do a lot of good things but also a lot of bad things! In this case I think keepin' the SB cool will dramatically increase life of it!

huklbery
04-13-2011, 07:24 PM
Slayer and jdollar-When I got mine in, I did like yawl and put a fan on it without the cover and barely got warm in 2 hrs run time. No trouble with th SB whatsoever. After readin about some people havin' trouble I think it is due to heat build up. The aluminum swells and causes more clearances and might cause leaks and premature wear in o-rings.After 30 years of workin in a machine shop around compressors and building lots of pistons and shafts,etc. I learned how heat can do a lot of good things but also a lot of bad things! In this case I think keepin' the SB cool will dramatically increase life of it!

I was curious about the heat as well, the cylinders get to hot to remain touching. Running a 12v 120mm pc fan on them keeps them cool but are they designed to run best at an elevated temp? I know running too cool can be an issue as well in many cases.

TomKaye
04-13-2011, 11:33 PM
You can put a fan on it without hurting anything but all our testing is without fans. The air getting compressed is heating up to hundreds of degrees so you are seeing what leaks out through convection. Fortunately its not a lot of BTU's so a fan makes a difference.

Tom

justforfun
04-14-2011, 01:17 AM
I like cool over hot, most things last longer. IMHO I have made several mods. to my Shoebox, why, because I could, needed who knows. Have 382 hours on mine and have never replaced seals. I purchased a spare set just in case.

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All I want to do now is put a gear belt drive on this thing. Been to lazy.:p

Tom should buy stock in a pellet making company.

Roy

TomKaye
04-14-2011, 03:23 AM
Nice "Box" Roy!!

Tom

Gabby
04-14-2011, 03:47 AM
Boy Roy!!!!! Fantastic Mods!!! You gotta be an engineer for the space shuttle!! I was just recently tryin' to fix an hour meter and there it is!!! Sure wish you would explain them all. What is that gizwillie down by the output fitting? Does that control the fan under heat? And the cute little red and green switches?C'mon Roy!!! Give us some secrets!!

Gabby
04-14-2011, 04:56 AM
I see it now.gotta be a pressure switch.and you done away with the factory switch and put the red and green switches.Where do you get that blue stuff around the cylinders?382 hrs!!!! THAT's INCREDIBLE!!

SiliconOrb
04-14-2011, 07:42 AM
Nice mods. I agree that keeping the unit cooler has to help. My first run on an 80cf scuba tank is just about at 3000psi now, and I kept a small fan on the cylinders the entire time. Never got hot, just a little warm. Not as fancy as the inbuilt job, but dirt cheap at the local WalMart....$6.

Looks like this (http://www.amazon.com/Massey-High-Velocity-Inch-Fan/dp/B00183PF76?SubscriptionId=0E73DDYC8NA0NSVWPE82&tag=askville-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B00183PF76).

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