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Re: Re[2]: Air compressors yet again.

To: Brian Evans <>
Subject: Re: Re[2]: Air compressors yet again.
From: Bob Hamilton <>
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 1996 13:47:59 -0400

        I have the single cylinder Webster like yours and have it powered
by a 1 hp motor but wired for 220V. I installed a 220V outlet in the garage
and now run this and all my woodworking tools (saw, jointer/planer) on 220 
as well. It appears to run stronger and I it has never blown a fuse or
makde the lights dim or flicker in the garage when it is running.


At 12:03 PM 11/21/96 -0500, you wrote:
>I have a little 2 hp machine that I'd like some advice on.
>It's a 2 cylinder Webster that I bought second hand for about $100.  I've
>seen the same unit with up to a 3 hp motor, but mine is currently equipped
>with a 1 hp unit that draws about 1800 watts - it blows the 15 amp breaker
>when I have it set up to run on 120 VAC (it normally runs on 220 VAC).  It
>has a quite small tank as well.
>Since it's been 100% reliable, I have no incentive to replace it.  My
>questions are:
>What would the effect on compressor operation be if I went to a larger
>motor.  The 1 hp motor runs the thing ok in warm conditions, but can't start
>in cold weather (solution for the last 5 years has been not to work in cold
>weather!). Are extra hp just thrown away, like extra octane in gas?  I've
>been told that the compressor head is what makes all the difference, but ???
>What would the effect be if I hooked up a large tank in parallel (or in
>series - which is best?) to the existing small tank?  I suspect that I could
>get more CFM over a short period of time, with a longer recovery period,
>with the net result the same average CFM but more easily used, if you get my
>Your various thoughts are appreciated...
>Brian Evans
>Director, General Sales
>UUNET Canada Inc.
>20 Bay Street, Suite 1910
>Toronto, ON, M5J 2N8

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