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#16 falcon1974

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 12:45 PM

I just bought this set up from ebay and got it last week.   Extremely quiet and awesome value so far.  Hopefully will last several years.  I included a link.  I am not affiliated with this company.  Dan

 

http://www.ebay.com/...yUAAOSwFqJWrXM~


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:08 PM

Thanks Dan!


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 07:30 PM

Take a look at the California Air 5510A compressor. I'm very impressed with how quiet it is as is my wife who shares the hobby room with me. I've been very happy with the performance too. Highly recommend this compressor.

 

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 08:15 PM

I've got a Jun-Air - used it last 10 years - superb bit of kit that I fully expect to last my lifetime.

 

Not cheap though - mine was ex demo.

 

Iain

I hope for your sake Iain that it doesn't break anytime soon.

 

Amazon has it.  FOR FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS!!  OMG

 

I've paid less than that for a car.


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:02 PM

Mine was £150 if I remember correctly - but had been sat in someone's garage for a few years. I got a bargain.

 

Equivalent to mine is currently £977 plus VAT new - and, yes, I've bought cars for less, a lot less!  ;)

 

They are made for the medical sector I believe - and I probably wouldn't be trying to get one via Amazon, but from a Jun-Air agent - or for modelling, off Ebay second hand.  :coolio:

 

EDIT - just took a look at ebay.co.uk - quite a few second hand for what I consider reasonable money...

 

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 11:55 PM

Thanks to Iain, I am now the proud owner of a Jun-Air 6-15 compressor!

 

It's old, but works. And at £75, I think it's worth a punt.

 

I will collect it in the coming days & report back on developments. If you never hear from me again, do a Google search for "compressor, Cardiff & explosion".


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Posted 23 April 2017 - 11:56 PM

A compressor with tank and a timer work better than a silent one. Just set the time to refill for when you are away and only the neighbor will notice. Completely silent at all other times of the day.

You'd need a pretty sizeable tank for it to last between refills?


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Posted 24 April 2017 - 12:59 AM

You'd need a pretty sizeable tank for it to last between refills?

Totally depends on how much one work each session.
I got an 8 liter tank which I am satisfied with. I suppose you will need more for priming work of large models, maybe a 24 liter tanks. The price difference is just 10 euro.

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 09:23 PM

 


Mine was £150 if I remember correctly - but had been sat in someone's garage for a few years. I got a bargain.

 

Equivalent to mine is currently £977 plus VAT new - and, yes, I've bought cars for less, a lot less!  ;)

 

They are made for the medical sector I believe - and I probably wouldn't be trying to get one via Amazon, but from a Jun-Air agent - or for modelling, off Ebay second hand.  :coolio:

 

EDIT - just took a look at ebay.co.uk - quite a few second hand for what I consider reasonable money...

 

Iain

Good idea, I'll give Ebay a look.  Still in the market so this helps.

 


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Posted 25 April 2017 - 11:33 AM

Well, the Jun-Air 6-15 really is ridiculously quiet. Barely a murmur. But very heavy!

 

My current compressor is an oil-less Chinese knock-off with a 3 litre tank - I suppose the fact that the Jun-Air uses oil makes it quieter?

 

The 15 litre tank is a big reservoir to have. It lasts a fair while between the motor kicking in, but you are hard pressed to hear the motor at all, unlike my old compressor.

 

I think mine is at least 15 years old. Little bit worn at the edges, but as Iain said, it'll outlast me. Absolutely bulletproof.

 

Only word of warning - the oil it uses, SJ-27, costs £20 a bottle, & an oil change needs 2 bottles. Having said that, I'm told that oil changes are not required unless there's a problem. Mine runs with little noise & remains cool, so I'll see how it goes. 


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Posted 25 April 2017 - 08:12 PM

Hi Dean,

 

My understanding is that the oil should be changed every 2 years and you HAVE TO use the SJ-27 oil.

At least that was stressed to me when I collected mine.

I also have a clear tube attached to the bleed valve that then goes into an old plastic bottle, about once a week I'll drain the tank and I get quite a bit of oil in the bottle. Enough oil that I don't want that getting into my model room!


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Posted 25 April 2017 - 08:23 PM

I seem to recall reading something like 3000 hrs use for oil change (though I did do mine when I got it).
 
Will have to see if I can find where I got that snippet of info from.
 
Great to hear it's all working Dean - I really do think the Jun-Air compressors are a superb, high quality, bit of kit.
 
I also have a more normal garage type compressor with air tank for, well, garage work - and that's *really* noisy  :)
 

I also have a clear tube attached to the bleed valve that then goes into an old plastic bottle, about once a week I'll drain the tank and I get quite a bit of oil in the bottle. Enough oil that I don't want that getting into my model room!

 
I just use a milk bottle placed at the end of the bleed/drain valve - and only need to very occasionally (probably 6 months-ish) - mine's just dirty condensate water - no oil!!
 
I don't think mine's used any oil in over 10 years - I've never had to top it up...

 

And never, ever, anything but quiet, clean, regulated, pulse-free air to my Iwata  :)
 
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Posted 25 April 2017 - 08:32 PM

Actually - current manual doesn't specify an interval:
 

Oil change
 
In connection with repair of model 6 motors, e.g. change of valve plate or other internal motor parts or in case the compressor is installed in a very dusty environment, oil change
may be necessary
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Posted 25 April 2017 - 10:50 PM

A compressor with tank and a timer work better than a silent one. Just set the time to refill for when you are away and only the neighbor will notice. Completely silent at all other times of the day.

 

 

I agree with this...

 

I have a fairly good sized Craftsman compressor I bought to fill car tires and do other automotive work.  I would guess the tank is about 30 gallons.

 

I got tired of turning on and listening to the hobby compressor, so I finally put a regulator and line on the Craftsman and now use it for all my painting.  It is louder than hell and scares the crap outta me when it kicks on to refill the tank, but that happens very rarely and when it does it only runs a minute or so.  Painting models uses so little air that it almost never causes the compressor to come on.

 

So I generally have a completely silent, consistent pressure air source.  I swear my painting improved when I started using it in place of the sort of "pulsing" air from my hobby compressor.

 

Also...it was cheap.  IIRC (it was a few years ago) I paid less than $150 for it....although the regulator and hoses for the airbrush added some to that total.



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Posted 01 May 2017 - 12:50 AM

Since you're in the US, take a look at Silentaire. They're out of Texas but are made in Italy. They're as quiet as your fridge compressor if not quieter.

http://www.silentair...ire/sil_air.asp

I've been using mine for 26 years he and it's finally starting to give up the ghost. Mine is the 50 9D model. I'm looking to get a replacement for it at the moment but Silentaire doesn't seem to have a Canadian dealer.

There are better prices for it online but it's still on the pricy side but if they can last as long as mine has, I'd say it's worth it.

Carl

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