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exploded compressor vid. #683919
18/01/21 07:59 PM
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I thought to post this URL of a vid taken showing the aftermath of a compressor which exploded, perhaps as the result of internal corrosion weakening the tank. The compressor tank in the vid is similar to many inexpensive compressors of the type that may be purchased by car enthusiasts for home use.

https://youtu.be/sm_FJ6Pat4I

Re: exploded compressor vid. [Re: Luddite] #683930
18/01/21 08:34 PM
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I wonder if people who have them at home ever bother getting them checked?

In the UK work places have to abide by the following

https://www.hse.gov.uk/pUbns/priced/l122.pdf


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Re: exploded compressor vid. [Re: Luddite] #683931
18/01/21 08:39 PM
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From the comments, including the youtube posters reaction on some comments it appears that the air tank was welded, a dangerous repair of the rusted tank instead of throwing it away. This should not be done.


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Re: exploded compressor vid. [Re: Luddite] #683936
18/01/21 08:58 PM
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Horrific!. There is also the possibility that the pressure cut off switch may have been faulty? I regularly drain mine down to release trapped water but of course, who knows what the internal condition is like.
I used to work in the electricity supply industry and the air receivers fitted to compressed air operated 33kv switchgear had to have an internal visual inspection every 22 months for insurance purposes. Of course, they had a removeable end cap for access and were of a considerable thickness with a well painted interior.


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Re: exploded compressor vid. [Re: Luddite] #683937
18/01/21 09:05 PM
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You can guess the internal state from the obvious corrosion and rust on the outside of the tank. Mine has a drain to the tank to allow you to get rid of the water that naturally condenses inside. I am sure that I drained it a few years ago as well as tomorrow.

Re: exploded compressor vid. [Re: Deejay] #683948
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Originally Posted by Deejay
I regularly drain mine down to release trapped water but of course, who knows what the internal condition is like.

I use one for the brad nailer I have in my woodworking shed. I open the valve after each use and leave it so that the valve is at the bottom for water egress.


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Re: exploded compressor vid. [Re: Luddite] #683954
19/01/21 12:08 AM
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Standard practice is to drain down each day of use and to drop the tank pressure to zero after use. The inside of the tank is normally just untreated mild steel so rust is a constant issue. As soon as rusty water comes out of an air gun I scrap the compressor, they are cheap enough so why take a risk. I used a 55 Ltr 16 CFM type for years for general garage use. Sufficient for most tools but not a CP DA sander which is air hungry.

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Re: exploded compressor vid. [Re: Luddite] #683962
19/01/21 06:15 AM
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Blimey, my compressor must be at least 25 years old, probably nearer 30. I think I'd better think about replacement. Does anyone know anything about ABAC compressors? Italian made, I'd rather avoid one of the cheapo Chinese jobs.


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Re: exploded compressor vid. [Re: Luddite] #683967
19/01/21 07:51 AM
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I've had one for the past 30 or 35 years, I do drain it down once in a while. Did you notice how thin the tank was!! It just unzipped. And yes as Heinz said it looked as if it had been welded. I've seen one go at I site I was working on, but it was very badly rusted and it just started leaking from all the weak spots, not a problem at all.
The thing is a new one is liable to be even worse (cheaper) made than my 35 year old Italian one so will it be any safer?
Cheers
John

Re: exploded compressor vid. [Re: Luddite] #683974
19/01/21 08:45 AM
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Need to look at a new compressor as mine has done a lot of work , machine mart/ sealeys etc , flag has been brilliant for spraying underseal on old cars , cleaning rust , air spannering , usual tyre jobs , lets find a really good one !

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