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BD79
08-13-2011, 10:59 AM
I'm looking at a used Sullair 185 with a Perkins engine and I don't know squat about them. It's a 2006 with low hours and the price seems fair, so I'm going to check it out this week. Anyone have any experience with those engines?

How much hose are you guys keeping on your compressors?

Wet_Boots
08-13-2011, 11:06 AM
Perkins has a decent rep - probably the best-ever small-pickup diesel engine is a Mazda copy of a Perkins engine.

hunterpreferred
08-13-2011, 02:54 PM
I bought a used 2006 sullair 185 with the perkins diesel from a united rental branch. Had a diesel mechanic service it after I bought it and then put it to use. No problems or complaints yet, ran great all season last year. It's pretty fuel efficient too.

Mike Leary
08-13-2011, 05:19 PM
Perkins(British) is right up there on smaller diesels. First thing I would do is check to see if parts are available for that particular engine.

BD79
08-13-2011, 06:34 PM
Right now I'm choosing between the Perkins and one with a Deere. Both are about the same price and have been maintained by a mechanic.

I would think that the Perkins (2006) would have parts available, but what do I know? The good thing about the 2005(Deere I think) is that there is a Deere repair center nearby, and if it's a CAT then there's one of those to.

Mdirrigation
08-13-2011, 10:15 PM
if its the deere 4 cyl its basically bullet proof . Its the same engine they use in their backhoes , I have a 1984 310 b backhoe with 9400 hours and still runs fine

BD79
08-14-2011, 01:23 PM
Is there a way to know that it is actually putting out 185cfm, and are there any red flags that I might want to look for?

How much pipe are you guys keeping on the truck?

1idejim
08-14-2011, 01:38 PM
Perkins(British) is right up there on smaller diesels. First thing I would do is check to see if parts are available for that particular engine.

perkins destroyed a large number of their casting molds for the older stock, my bobcat skid steer has an engine that parts are unavailable for repair or replacement

Bigred350
08-14-2011, 02:11 PM
They are great motors just hard to get parts for them.

Mdirrigation
08-14-2011, 05:17 PM
Is there a way to know that it is actually putting out 185cfm, and are there any red flags that I might want to look for?

How much pipe are you guys keeping on the truck?

run the compressor for at least 1 hour , check the temp , make sure its not blowing oil out the discharge , as far as checking cfm , dont know. I carry 200 ft of hose on every compressor .

DanaMac
08-14-2011, 05:30 PM
I carry 200 ft of hose on every compressor.
Ditto. 150' on the reels (only two reels for the three comps), and an extra 50' each.

BrandonV
08-15-2011, 08:10 PM
They are great motors just hard to get parts for them.

love the perkins, hate working on them

Mdirrigation
08-15-2011, 09:18 PM
Love the deere , dont have to work on them they work for you

BD79
08-20-2011, 02:54 PM
I bought the 2005 with 750 hrs on the clock. Everything seemed to be in good working order so overall I'm happy with my purchase. I didn't even end up looking at the Perkins(2006) cause the guy wouldn't budge on price. He would only accept cash, which would limit any good tax record.

It does have the Deere engine which is good. Now I just need some hose, maybe a reel, and all my connections and I'll be ready to go. MD, I was thinking about 200' would be good to.