Pimp My Air Compressor!

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Introduction: Pimp My Air Compressor!

I used to hate my air compressor, until I hacked it. And now I love it!

Step 1: Air Cable Management

First I wrapped some velcro tape at the handle to secure the air cable. No more falling cables!

Velcro tape zips and unzips virtually indefinitely.

Step 2: Lengthen the Power Cable

The power cable of the unit was only 1 meter. Way too short for me!

If I wanted to refill it with air, I had to go really close to the power outlet which was uncomfortable.

So I installed an additional 2.5 meters of cable and now I have plenty of freedom.

Step 3: Wheels Upgrade

The wheels of the unit were full plastic and offered a harsh ride when I wanted to take the compressor outside to check the car tyres.

I salvaged a pair of wheels from a broken agricultural generator and put them to good use.

I removed the old wheels and drilled larger holes at the chassis in order to fit a galvanised pipe which is the axle of the wheels. I further processed the holes with a file.

Then I cut pieces from a black irrigation pipe and used them as inner and outer shims.

Finally I installed garden hose fasteners to secure the pieces.

For aesthetics I also installed plastic caps at both ends of the axle.

Step 4: Adjust the Leg

After the wheels upgrade, I needed to level the unit by adjusting the support pipe.

For this purpose I welded an extension leg using the same material I used for the axle.

Then I painted it red because I didn't have any orange paint available.

Step 5: Finished!

With these hacks I have to admit that this unit's functionality sky-rocketed. That's how it should have been made from the manufacturer in the first place.

If you have made something similar don't hesitate to post a photo in the comments.

Also if you have other suggestions and tips.

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    7 Comments

    Rather than modifying the power cord, a longer air hose gives more range and doesn't affect the compressor.

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    This is a valid alternative. Since I already had the air hose and I didn't want to replace it, I modified the power cable. Thanks for commenting.

    Your tank should have a little slope towards the drain so that you can remove all standing water.

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    The drain in this model lies in the bottom middle of the tank. When the time has come to flush the water, I elevate and secure the wheels (I use a step for that), unscrew slightly the valve and with up and down motions all the water gets out. Of course the tank is not fully pressurized but has 1-2 psi inside. Thanks for commenting.

    Thank you for your comments. I used the old cable plus the extension because I wanted to utilize the factory made power plug already installed in the old cable. I will consider replacing this setup with a longer heavier gauge cable.

    What darkroommike said, get a heavier gauge cable, the longer run will cause a higher voltage drop, and the splice is a point of failure. At best you'll under power the motor, worst case you'll have an electrical fire.

    Splicing the power cable like that is not safe you should just replace the entire cable with a longer and heavier gauge cable and make your connections inside the "box" on the compressor.