Got an Air Compressor! woohoo! But Whats up with the automatic line oiler, help?
Posted November 18, 2006 - 01:40 PM
Being able to take the clutch /basket completely out without any special holding tools was so nice!
I oiled the impact wrench and ratchet by hand the first time.
I hooked up a regulator/filter/ auto-oiler combination to the compressor just now, mounted it up on the wall real nice. Since I'm only using the compressor for tools I went for the oiler.
The manual for the oiler says you're supposed to adjust the line oiler with a knob by looking at this clear cap in the top. But thats all the detail I get. I see when the line is being used the tool oil is filling the clear top and dripping down into the line.
I'm just wondering, are you supposed to be able to tell there is oil in the line once this thing is working? I attatched the air gun to the line and blew it for a while, and then on my hand but I couldnt feel any oil, but I didnt know if its just so dispersed that the film is so fine you can't tell.
I just have no idea if this is set up right, cause i got no guidance! haha. If anyone could help it'd be awesome.
Posted November 18, 2006 - 02:07 PM
Posted November 18, 2006 - 06:16 PM
Posted November 18, 2006 - 10:56 PM
After that I just invested in a regulator/water trap of better quality and remember to turn off the air line. As far as oiling your air tools, a squirt of air tool oil into the tool itself is good for most tasks. Having that oil in the whole 25 to 50 ft airline will create havoc the next time you decide to attach a paint spray gun to the line. I've yet to burn up an air tool in the 20 years that I've been NOT using an auto oiler. Besides, air tools are cheap, paint jobs can be expensive.
Posted November 19, 2006 - 07:56 AM
In my shop, I use little oilers that can be attached at the end of the hose, right in front of the tool, if I need a lot of oil for a tool.
Another consideration you should think about, is filtering the air. I have small in line filters that I use in front of the tools, like the oilers, and that takes care of the tools too.
Posted November 19, 2006 - 10:57 AM
Most people would recommend just putting 1-2 drops of oil in the air inlet of the tool every day you use it.
If you do use the oiler, probably 1 drop every 1-2 min of run time would even be plenty (if not excessive) oiling for the tools.