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    Thomas Air Compressor

    So, I just picked one up the other day. Tired of spending money for cans of compressed air. So far, pretty cool. Does anyone else use one of these??

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    Looks like there are many models of those.

    For me, an oil free cheap Porter Cable nailer compressor does everything I need.

    Blow off negs, cameras, whatever, fill my tires and use my nailers.

    You can add a dryer and regulator to any compressor.

    I stuck mine in the furnace closet and leave it on 24/7 with lines to my bathroom darkroom and to my front door for tire filling.

    Quote Originally Posted by C_Remington View Post
    So, I just picked one up the other day. Tired of spending money for cans of compressed air. So far, pretty cool. Does anyone else use one of these??

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    Re: Thomas Air Compressor

    Bathroom????


    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Moe View Post
    Looks like there are many models of those.

    For me, an oil free cheap Porter Cable nailer compressor does everything I need.

    Blow off negs, cameras, whatever, fill my tires and use my nailers.

    You can add a dryer and regulator to any compressor.

    I stuck mine in the furnace closet and leave it on 24/7 with lines to my bathroom darkroom and to my front door for tire filling.

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    Don't worry soon the real darkroom will emerge.

    Many of us have bathroom /darkrooms

    Quote Originally Posted by C_Remington View Post
    Bathroom????

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    Re: Thomas Air Compressor

    I have two of these vacuum pumps, one Gast the other Thomas. Paid $15. each.
    These are not really air compressors, their original purpose was for use as a gas sampling vacuum pump.
    Used a cooling coil and a dryer between the pumps and the O2 sampler.
    Used several of these while doing environmental testing (pollution control) for power plants.
    The original price for a new pump about $450. new.

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    Re: Thomas Air Compressor

    Industrial takeaways are always good. My old lab used to throw out more stuff than I could catch.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Stowell View Post
    I have two of these vacuum pumps, one Gast the other Thomas. Paid $15. each.
    These are not really air compressors, their original purpose was for use as a gas sampling vacuum pump.
    Used a cooling coil and a dryer between the pumps and the O2 sampler.
    Used several of these while doing environmental testing (pollution control) for power plants.
    The original price for a new pump about $450. new.

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    Re: Thomas Air Compressor

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    Looks like there are many models of those.

    For me, an oil free cheap Porter Cable nailer compressor does everything I need.

    Blow off negs, cameras, whatever, fill my tires and use my nailers.

    You can add a dryer and regulator to any compressor.

    I stuck mine in the furnace closet and leave it on 24/7 with lines to my bathroom darkroom and to my front door for tire filling.
    any compressor will do. Just be sure to put on a dryer filter trap.

    Porter cable compressors are the best on the market. Mine were used very heavily for construction since 1980 and is still working like new. Maybe Porter cable quality has gone down over the years? I still see them everywhere being used by many contractors and builders.

    Maybe the problems are with oil less compressors?... those are all junk. Just use a dryer n moisture trap to filter the oil n dust.



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    Re: Thomas Air Compressor

    Cheap 1/4Hp made-in-China with added air dryer. I think I paid $40 on sale somewhere. It's my 3rd one, so there may be some advantage to buying a good one, if anyone knows where to find one these days.

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    "bathroom darkroom" I think

    I have a big compressor which I use for many different things, including blowing on my images, building things, running an air brush, and irritating the cat. I have an oil filter on it, but not a drier. Any suggestions for a high quality one?

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    Re: Thomas Air Compressor

    Everyone's mentioned a dryer. I can't imagine what this is??

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