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This is an instructable on how to approach salvaging parts from any scrapped project or piece of equipment.  Each photo has steps that are useful for taking apart any piece of equipment.
l8nite2 years ago
I totally agree with Cement but ending up with a useable tank isn't bad either. It's amazing what you can find in some of the nicer neighborhoods, my most recent CHA-CHING was a stainless steel grill with sink sideboard on one side and single burner on the other that nearly filled my 6' p/u, it looked like it had been used for one event and left in the weather for a month, there was even enough gas in the bottle for a test!
CementTruck2 years ago
*cringe*

What was wrong with the compressor to begin with? My personal rules of thumb in the salvage process are to make money for other project needs, gain parts for my parts bins, and/or keep recyclable stuff from entering the landfills (not necessarily in that order.).

I'm a dumpster diver from way back and have repaired and sold many items I have picked up as scrap. Free, or $5, non working chainsaws fetch me around $45-50 after I clean and tune them up. This compressor could have probably used $25 worth of parts and sold for over $100.

Kudos on recycling but I personally would have tried to fix it for personal use or re-sale first, then dismantle only if beyond repair/diminishing returns. Sometimes I bite off more than I can chew and end up with a piece of machinery that is slightly out of my realm of immediate abilities, but I end up learning another useful skill in the process of repairing it. Just my own little quirk.