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How many of you are still changing

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Southern Lawns, Aug 8, 2002.

  1. Southern Lawns

    Southern Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 259

    blades out with hand tools? We put off the purchase of an air tank for most of last year, this year we broke down and got a Porter/Cable tank, gun, hoses and various fittings. $270.00. Was the best purchase of the year so far. We change out much more often and with little effort. The toughest part is bleeding the tank after each time! If you've been thinking of getting one for the shop, no need to wait, it will be worth it. Just thought I would pass that on.
  2. agrostis palustris

    agrostis palustris Banned
    Messages: 117

    I did the same thing last year. I bought a small (20 gal) Campwell Hausing compressor last year. I think I paid $200 for it with a couple attachments. I got pissed with the thing because it wouldn't remove lug nuts from an employee's car one night. I wound up buying a bigger (60 gal) Ingersol Rand compressor this winter for about $800 plus some attachments and am very happy with it.
  3. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    I have a tank and tools but have been unable to use them :cry: being an apartment dweller. I just finished changing out blades tonite.. What a PITA. But this will change one month from today.. We should be just finishing our move into our new home. I can't wait to use the gun again!
  4. Southern Lawns

    Southern Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 259

    Congrats on the new home, I know you must be chomping at the bit. It's been 6 years since we built this one and I still remember the transition time well. Half of everything was in storage. It was always the half we needed at the time:( . Best wishes.
  5. I bleed my tank once a year.

    33 gal craftsmen 8 years old, and will still be going.

    I bet you didn't know after many years as an auto mechanic, that the more you bleed your tank the more prone to rust it is. Now you let uncompressed air in their and the oxygen has time to cause rust and penitrate the steel in the tank.

    I only bleed it long enough to let the little bit of water in their out, and I pick a low humidity day to do it in the fall.
  6. Sean Adams

    Sean Adams LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,597

    This is why LawnSite is such a great place.... Where else will you get detailed information and advice about bleeding a tank, humidity levels, and so on. Sometimes changing blades by hand is worse than the work itself, but can be humorous at times. A tank is a great investment.
  7. Barkleymut

    Barkleymut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,117

    I just bought a Makita electric impact wrench on Ebay. Now I just have to go to Home Depot and buy a socket and i will be ready. I didn't have much need for other tools powered by an air tank so I thought this was much easier.
  8. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    electric is probably the way to go but I use air as far as impact wrenches are concerned

    I have a sears 25 or 30 gal, or whatever, and an impact wrench from home cheapo. I don't care what brand it is.

    it does a great job. ALSO... the mini die grinder does a great job for quick dressing of the blades.

    and there is the air gun. cool!

    I have to ask the question about all you pneumatic guys...

    what do you do for an oiler and a moisture trap?

    personally I use oil made for the tool everytime I use it and after I use it rather than having all that stuff on the line.

    one day I'll have all that stuff ready but not today.

  9. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,845

    Air Compressors are a must - blow out radiators - sharpen blades (I still like the hand held air driven side grinder with the fiber blade that creates almost no heat - buy them at True-Value) for sharpening. It also runs my plasma cutter etc etc etc./

    thanks brad
  10. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    We've got a large tank, don't know exact size, proably around 50-60 gallons. I use an air impact wrench to take off blades. We have some sort of socket wrench that runs off the tank. It's small enough to get into tight spots and is a great alternative to sockets if you're using them alot on one job. My favorite part about impact wrenches is that cool sound they make! :laugh:

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