Intro: 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.