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Old 07-03-2009, 10:17 PM   #1
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Re: Hooking up air hose / air tool to the air break compressors?

Depends on you bus I guess... My Thomas had a 1/4" air fitting right next to the right side air tank underneath the bus. You might get underneath yours and look around to see it you got one also. The fitting on mine was gummed up and didn't work properly from years of getting road grime in it, but I picked up a new female fitting and some teflon tape and installed a new one. Works fine!!
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Old 07-11-2009, 06:00 PM   #2
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Re: Hooking up air hose / air tool to the air break compressors?

I just did my 1988 international truck. It already had a 1/4" water drain in the tank, I just unscrewed it and screwed in a 1/4" quick disconnect w/ some teflon tape. $4 from home depot. Works great. I was gonna put a tee and drain, but there wasn't room, so I will just drain it with male air fitting now and then.

Funny thing is this truck doesn't even have air brakes. The only thing that runs on air is the air bags that lower the truck, which I don't even use. Whatever, though.

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Old 07-11-2009, 07:46 PM   #3
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Re: Hooking up air hose / air tool to the air break compressors?

Is that a Gremlin Bell I see dangling beside the air tank?

Good idea if it is! Keep the nasty beasties away!
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Old 07-11-2009, 07:55 PM   #4
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Re: Hooking up air hose / air tool to the air break compressors?

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Is that a Gremlin Bell I see dangling beside the air tank?

Good idea if it is! Keep the nasty beasties away!
It does look like a bell. That is the old air drain valve hanging by the pull cord.
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Old 07-12-2009, 10:11 AM   #5
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Re: Hooking up air hose / air tool to the air break compressors?

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I just did my 1988 international truck. It already had a 1/4" water drain in the tank, I just unscrewed it and screwed in a 1/4" quick disconnect w/ some teflon tape. $4 from home depot. Works great. I was gonna put a tee and drain, but there wasn't room, so I will just drain it with male air fitting now and then.

Funny thing is this truck doesn't even have air brakes. The only thing that runs on air is the air bags that lower the truck, which I don't even use. Whatever, though.

Hi Ryan,
Just keep in mind that ANY air compressor system produces condensate, and water in air tools (impact wrench, air drill, etc.) is not a desirable thing to have. It would be better if you could install a "tee" fitting towards the top of the storage tank where the least amount of water will be found. I know it is more work, but it might save an expensive repair on your air tools. Just a thought.
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Old 07-12-2009, 07:53 PM   #6
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Re: Hooking up air hose / air tool to the air break compressors?

Another consideration is many tools need a specific air pressure- too much can damage many nailers. Without a regulator you have no control over the outflow pressure. This set-up might be good for an impact wrench, drill or sander/griner... be careful of the operating pressure on other tools.
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Old 07-13-2009, 03:45 AM   #7
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Re: Hooking up air hose / air tool to the air break compressors?

RyanS: you have it half right. Put a male quick connect on the bus, where your photo shows a female. Your valve will then drain the air tank normally, without any further connections. Every bus I've ever seen (granted not that many) has it set up this way. Make sure and have a ball valve, which should have been there originally to drain the tank.
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Re: Hooking up air hose / air tool to the air break compressors?

But putting a male fitting on will make it backwards to the way most systems are plumbed requiring either a double-ended female adapter or putting a female end on all the air tools. Ideally you would put a T in it with one end facing up and the other down. On each side of the T would be a ball valve and you would put a female quick connect above the upper ball valve. That way you could drain through the bottom, run your air tools off the top (without nearly as much condensate), and you would be able to isolate either to assure that you won't have leakdown.
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Old 07-25-2009, 11:57 PM   #9
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Re: Hooking up air hose / air tool to the air break compressors?

About my air chuck- I know about condesation and how this was a drain for the tank, however the main factor is that I am a super lazy-ass
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Old 07-28-2009, 07:51 AM   #10
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Re: Hooking up air hose / air tool to the air break compressors?

I finally hooked up my air tanks to run tools here is a few pics.







You'll note I have a drain on the other side of the tank. Reason is I have two tanks, I did not put in a T junction would be a good idea if you only have a single tank. What I will have to do is hook up an air chuck and empty out the moisture before use. The regulator allows me to control outflow pressure, I can use my small airbrush, and paint gun without damage. As well some nailers don't use 120lbs. I have no way to know the CFM's on these- I'd imagine they have to be p there about 20. Anyone else know?
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