Vanair compressor opines?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by jcom, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. jcom

    jcom LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am looking at a Vanair Viper rotary screw air compressor for shop use and blowouts.

    Has anyone used one of these units? Opines of all kinds are welcome.

    Last edited: Aug 20, 2010
  2. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'd want a few more CFM's, but they look nice!
  3. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
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    my friend uses one for blow outs. Its ok but he has to fill the gas tank a lot and on the big places it takes a while to blow out. the other thing is that if its in the back of the truck there is not much room for anything else. I think they cost about $7000 but for $4000 more you can get a new tow behind.
  4. jcom

    jcom LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 791

    I was using a 19 cfm unit so this would be a big change. I am looking to spend $5k for a new one. 80 CFM a 100 psi.

    Just got an email that I bought it online for $4970.00

    Hope it works out.

    Thanks for the opines.

  5. rgianne896

    rgianne896 LawnSite Member
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    How is your Vanir Viper 80 working out for you, and if you don't mind my asking, where were you able to purchase it for $4970?

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    Have not heard of the way vanair. We use a kaesar mobilair 12. 40 cfm compressor does the job for us . Would like the 70 cfm.
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  7. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Gold Member
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    Going from 19 cfm to 80 cfm will feel like getting off a bike with training wheels onto a Harley Davidson .
  8. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    And going to a 125 or better will get you in and out faster than a Ferrari. :)
  9. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Gold Member
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    I have a 30 cfm gas , an 80 cfm gas , three 100cfm diesel , and a 125 cfm diesel . The 30 cfm is basically a back up machine . The 80 cfm sucks the gas but works rather well it can be pulled by a 4 cyl toyota at the end of the day it equals out with good mileage.
    I really cant see that much of a difference between the 100s and the 125 on the systems with 1 inch mains. On the commercial its noticable . I do have a small 9 hole golf course I use 3 machines at once just to speed things up . The diesels are much more fuel efficent . I did borrow a 185 the only thing I didnt like was it was a bit heavy and on wet days got a bit squirrly and it was more than i needed 98% of the time
  10. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,170

    Were I to buy an all-around compressor, that would be my choice. :clapping: The point-of-injection is the big deal with smaller compressors on large sites, I used to rent a 185 for a mega and still had trouble ( too much time). Had the grounds crew give me a couple other points-of-connection where I could use gravity FOR ME and the winterize went 2 hours faster.
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