Portable Air Tanks

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mowman, Nov 1, 2001.

  1. Green Care

    Green Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    Air tank . From auto supply store.
  2. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    air tank, plugs and tools for them,impact wrench that works off
    cigerette lighter . i also have a jump starter that i find all kind of uses for.course u need a good jack.
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Air tank, priceless.:D My brother made one from a propane tank, like the ones on campers, and just put his own gauge and valve hose on it. I guess THAT'S being resourceful!
  4. a1 lawncare

    a1 lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 153

    carry slime, the portable air tanks, plugs, and get a small 12 comp. i've used all in the same day, they pay for themselves very quick.

  5. scottt

    scottt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    I carry a 12 volt compressor and a 7 gallon air tank with me all the time. They were about $25 a piece at walmart. The time they save the first time or two you use them pays for itself.
  6. GreenQuest Lawn

    GreenQuest Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 822

    I think my air tank is 5gal, bought it at a building supply(Menards) for $19 on sale. I also carry tire plugs. Have fixed tires on the truck, trailer, and mowers.
  7. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    On my Craftsman 6hp 150psi 30g air compressor, it says not to keep air in it for more than a day. I was thinking of getting a portable tank, but do you have to drain that all the time too? I don't want to have to fill it everyday. Also, what is the reason for draining it everyday, would it blow up!?
  8. racerdave

    racerdave LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    You should open the petcock valve under the tank to drain condensate from the tank. If you don't it will rust thru or weaken the tank to a point that it can expode.(pressurized air is an explosive force)

    As far as portable air tanks, they should be ok. Just be sure to use a tank designed for this purpose. I remember a couple years ago that someone was killed in my area by filling an old freon tank with air.

    You really should look for an ASME stamp on the tank you use.

    For you guys that do blow downs, I recommend using a pressure regulator and run the air pressure at no more than 20 psi. The older pvc piping that has been exposed to the weather and sun light becomes brittle and can explode if breaks under a compressed pressure. Remember water pressure and air pressure are two completely different animals

  9. DanG

    DanG LawnSite Member
    Messages: 234

    I carry a tank plus a compressor. I also carry tire plugs & slime.
    I also have a power inverter that i bought at Sams Club (less than $100)that is in the tool box in back. I use that to run my
    4 1/2" grinder to sharpen blades and to run the compressor.

    Dan G.
  10. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    You can run a compressor off that invertor!? The most I can run off mine is a laptop and battery charger before blowin the fuse on the vehicle (not inverter).

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