air compressors

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by AI Inc, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    Does one realy need a 185? I have always rented a 185 and I own a 150.
    The biggest system we do is an athletic field ( actualy 3 fields in 1 system) 2 in pvc, 4 heads per zone.2 different set ups. One setup has a much better well so it runs 2 zones at once but I can always dissconect wires and blow 1/2 then reconnect the other 8 and blow that.

    Looking to buy a second and Im looking a a 125.
    Will I be sorry I dont have access to a 185?
     
  2. DanaMac

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    I have a 100, 150, and 185.
    We have a few commercial properties that I really like having the 185 for. One has a mainline about 1/2-3/4 mile long. HOA area along the streets. Another might be a full mile or more. I don't want to try and use the 150 on those.

    185 is the workhorse. But it's really not needed for residential. It helps on some as we can blow 4-6 zones out at a time with the right size hook up. It tows easy, minimal maintenance.

    150 is the one I would like to get rid of. Older, was a truck mount but was modified to be put on a homemade trailer. Not balanced the best, very heavy, loud, eats fuel fast, and leaks. I'm looking to get rid of this one and get a small one to mount inside the van that can do 1-2 zones at a time. TomTom has one and it works well for resi. We have a lot of homes that are very tight getting a tow behind to, or very steep getting up a driveway. I have one that I refuse to pull a comp to and only drain it. I will not back down this driveway with a trailer behind me. Plus one driver is not as skilled with backing a trailer, and it slows him down I think.

    The 100 is the one I personally use. Works well for resi and light commercial. Still can do 3-4 resi zones with a 1/2"-3/4" attachment point. For primarily residential, my 100 is the way to go. Our resi zones are 8-20 GPM.

    Can you use both the 150 and the new 125 together on the site, if you don't have access to the 185? Two hook up points, opposite ends?
     
  3. Dripit good

    Dripit good LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I doubt you'll get compressor envy owning a 150 & a 125.

    I think most of the time a 185 is overkill anyways.

    If you get bigger systems to blow you can always use both at the same time.
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  4. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    As far as backing down driveways, do you pull the tailgates off for the season?
     
  5. AI Inc

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    Im seeing a 125 grimmel shcmit for $2800 , any opines?
     
  6. DanaMac

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    I never did, I'm good with mirrors. Tech #1 doesn't as he has a full topper on the truck. And I don't think we have taken it off for #2 in the past. We also got rid of the POS GMC that pulled the 150, so that is also a factor for me. We could use the 3/4 ton van, but #2 won't be able to back very well with it.
     
  7. DanaMac

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  8. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    What do ya think of GS,s? Comparable to an IR , or low end?
     
  9. Compressor talk. It must be july.
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  10. DanaMac

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    I still prefer the IR over the GS, but the GS works very well. My 100 is a weird unit, but I don't know about the 125. The way the 100 works, I believe it's a 6 cylinder engine, 3 cylinders are still original and operate as it would to run the engine. The other side has what I guess is a "compressor" attachment modified to the top of the engine, and the pistons create the compressed air. I will take photos next time I'm at the shop. I will look on my hard drive, maybe I already have some.

    But if maintained properly, it should work well for you. I haven't checked around to see who can service this unit though. I should probably do that. I know Leary has a GS, but I forget what size.
     

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