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My Cheap Chinese Compressor Journey

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by sagalout, Oct 25, 2019.

  1. sagalout

    sagalout What a plinker!

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    If you are easily bored look away now! Being as I am new to this air gun addiction and I have been through a very steep learning curve over the last few months I thought I would document my £157 chinese compressor from beginning to end.

    I finally bit the bullet and ordered the following gear from ebay on the 23rd.

    Compressor
    Oil
    2 * filters
    1kg desiccant

    Ebay had a 10% offer so the total bill was £201.15

    The oil arrived next day. The compressor is at the Yodel gloucester depot as I type (25th) so excellent service from both of those sellers.

    Tune in next week for another exciting episode! Will the compressor arrive? Will it work? Will sagalout be killed if Mrs Lout finds out?
     
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    Following this with interest.
    Looking forward to reading your review.
    Hope it is a positive one :up:
     
  3. Air arms boy

    Air arms boy Wear sunscreen!

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    It will end in tears and then the skip:)
     
  4. ped

    ped Posting Addict

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    I've had mine for two years no issues apart from needing to fit a UK plug to the lead and the power socket to the pump is loose
    a few seem to have had issues but every product has a few models that fail/break ,whether that is down to product or operator issue who can say
     
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    Dayrth Engaging Member

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    I hope not. I wouldn't mind one myself it they work.
     
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  6. sharpsman

    sharpsman Keyboard Hero

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    Be interesting to see if they are any good or not , my money sadly is on it will work for a bit then pack up.
     
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    Good luck with it, hope it meets your expectations :thumb:

    Ray
     
  8. Marky-Boy

    Marky-Boy Just The One + 1

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    Just use it sensibly
    No 10ltr dive bottles
    Looking forward to some pics of your set up
     
  9. Metradio

    Metradio Engaging Member

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    This compressor arrived damaged - must watch... Sad but amusing..



    Mike
     
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  10. sagalout

    sagalout What a plinker!

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    It will only be tears if I bit hits me in the eye when it explodes :mao:

    They definitely work, lots of info on t'interweb :). Success posts far outnumber the failure posts.

    I use about 20 bar a day from my 7L bottle, so if t is going to pack up it should do it early in my ownership and I shall go back to paypal for a refund.

    I hope so to :thumb:

    I ain't sure what the problem would be with a large dive bottle, providing it is done in stages and everything is allowed to cool down. I am going to have 2 bottles so I can take all day to fill one if I want, I am retired and it is no problem to to keep running it in short bursts.


    With discounts it has cost me £141 (all the other bits are needed for any compressor I think?). Bottle fill is £5, fuel is £7 and time is 1.5 hours travel plus hanging around,etc. Basically an expensive pain in the butt. If this doesn't work out long term I shall investigate other options. High on my list before ebay tempted me with the 10% sale was two 12L cylinders plus my existing 7L, and make one trip to the filling station worthwhile. At the moment I am happy that the £141 will either pay for itself or I will get me money back.
     
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    Marky-Boy Just The One + 1

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  12. sagalout

    sagalout What a plinker!

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    I tried to watch it Mike, honest I did :) why they take 3 hours to give 30 seconds of info is beyond me :facepalm: I did speed watch it and it was broke, beauty of ebay is simple returns.
     
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    sagalout What a plinker!

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    Metradio Engaging Member

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    A follow up:



    Mike
     
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    Metradio Engaging Member

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    It does catalogue a worst case scenario and shows how depressed a good 'ol boy can get...
    I was amused when he looked at the weight on the box, it was in Kilograms, he complained that it was not printed in American ..

    Mike
     
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  16. Redcap 114

    Redcap 114 Donator (Les)

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    Best of luck with it sagalout,

    I hope that it all works when you get it.

    Regards.
    Les.
     
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    Marky-Boy Just The One + 1

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    Yes mate just needed slight linish fits like a glove did you send me the link
     
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    Metradio Engaging Member

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    Have had mine for a couple of months now and have had no problems..
    What I have added to mine is a large plastic storage bin with lid, it is large enough to store the compressor and all it's bits and when compressor is removed for use, used as a large cooling water tank..

    Mike
     
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  19. Lev Levvin

    Lev Levvin Pro Poster

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    I’ve never heard of one being junked
    Only two faults I’ve heard of is one seizing up due to poor oil maintenance and my own first one that had an electrical fault ( which I fixed in ten minutes)

    ive heard much more positive reviews from folk who have used these cheap and cheerful compressors for YEARS

    as long as you keep the oil topped up and clean, don’t try and flog the poor little thing to death by totally filling an empty 12L cylinder in one hit then wondering why you killed it...

    these compressors are surprisingly tough provided you respect their limitations to heat

    even the ludicrously priced ‘branded’ compressors are subject to heat limits or just not man enough to fill a dive bottle
     
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  20. Lev Levvin

    Lev Levvin Pro Poster

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    The tiny ‘nomad’ pump is great for directly filling a gun...

    But it requires an inline filter the same as ALL compressed air generating pumps...
    Is dependent on a power supply and no use for topping up the gun in the field or late at night where noise would be an issue.

    the Chinese single piston compressors are rated at 3L dive tanks.... but will easily top-up a 12 litre tank from (eg) 150-300 bar.

    I have a twin piston version that is rated to 6 litre tanks, and tops up my dive tank 150-300 bar automatically in around six minutes

    all these tank filling compressors generate a LOT of heat and are water cooled, provided they stay below 70c and are not left running flat out for ages they will all cope with topping up your dive tanks.

    it is sensible to have ‘one last fill’ at your dive shop then don’t allow the tank to drop below 150 bar... then all your home compressor has to do is top it up.

    trying to fill an empty cylinder takes a long time and the compressor will generate a lot of heat running for extended periods

    you CAN fill a large dive tank, but you would be running pump for 20 mins then allowing 30 mins cooling time...
    Do-able but time consuming
     
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