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      Post #70635, posted on 09-02-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi all!

      I know I know... Not ANOTHER Air compressor help thread... But here goes anyway...

      Today I was hoping to get some bench time when my compressor "bit the dust." It will barely do anything and just makes a humming noise.

      The compressor in question is a California Air Tools 5510SE that I purchased just last spring. Unfortunately it is out of warranty so I am out of luck...

      My particular issue is that I have an Iwata Rg-3 round pattern air-spray gun (I.e. Mini spray gun) that requires much more air flow than most of the brushes commonly used in modeling.

      I've thought about a CO2 set up but am worried about such a "rig" having enough CFM for my RG-3... I also might be taking a job (U.S. Air Force actually...) that will require me to move frequently and I'm not sure if I can take the CO2 "stuff" with me.

      Anyone have any ideas??

      Chris

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      Post #70642, posted on 09-03-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Chris...

      I switched to a CO2 setup after my compressor began "spitting" all the time, and ruining without prediction or warning a good airstream of even paint from my Badger airbrush. I love the CO2, and highly recommend it...but...if you are limited as far as transporting it, then I would recommend looking at the compressor from Harbor Freight. Its cheap, but it looks like it would do a pretty good job. You already know that compressors can be very expensive, and you may just have to bite that bullet if you're limited to an actual compressor. Make sure you pay attention to the moisture control...come have in-line moisture traps...they are a good thing. I live in the south, where the humidity is stifling sometimes, and it sure chokes up the fun.

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      Post #70644, posted on 09-03-2018 GMT-5 hours    
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      Hi Chris...

      I switched to a CO2 setup after my compressor began "spitting" all the time, and ruining without prediction or warning a good airstream of even paint from my Badger airbrush. I love the CO2, and highly recommend it...but...if you are limited as far as transporting it, then I would recommend looking at the compressor from Harbor Freight. Its cheap, but it looks like it would do a pretty good job. You already know that compressors can be very expensive, and you may just have to bite that bullet if you're limited to an actual compressor. Make sure you pay attention to the moisture control...come have in-line moisture traps...they are a good thing. I live in the south, where the humidity is stifling sometimes, and it sure chokes up the fun.



      Thanks! I'll head over there and check things out. I'm set as far as moisture control goes. Last spring I saved up and went all out to get the air set up I wanted (Including getting two new air brushes) that included all the valves and moisture control (I also live in a high humidity area).

      Once I know where I'll be living long term I may go ahead and switch to the CO2 system. Just don't want to buy everything and then some moving company tell me I can't transport it.


      Cheers,

      Chris

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      Post #70649, posted on 09-05-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Moving with a CO2 cylinder is no issue as long as it's not pressurized. I've moved mine twice. Just make sure to empty it and leave the valve open and you'll be fine.

      There are so many up sides and zero down sides to CO2, I can't imagine why anyone tortures themselves with a compressor.

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      Post #70652, posted on 09-05-2018 GMT-5 hours    
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      Moving with a CO2 cylinder is no issue as long as it's not pressurized. I've moved mine twice. Just make sure to empty it and leave the valve open and you'll be fine.

      There are so many up sides and zero down sides to CO2, I can't imagine why anyone tortures themselves with a compressor.



      Thanks, Jennings! Well heck I might as well go down the CO2 route!

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      Post #70653, posted on 09-05-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      You’ll be happy you did.