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personally, electricity has GOT to be the way to go if they can produce a powerful enough gun.

 

my reasoning? the cost of maintaining a compressor and the cost of running one that is consuming electricity for most if, not all of your working day and with power prices set to keep increasing then it makes sense to use something that can give comparable or better results for much less running costs. there's the space aspect too for those of us who can barely swing a kitten!

 

rick.

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personally, electricity has GOT to be the way to go if they can produce a powerful enough gun.

 

my reasoning? the cost of maintaining a compressor and the cost of running one that is consuming electricity for most if, not all of your working day and with power prices set to keep increasing then it makes sense to use something that can give comparable or better results for much less running costs. there's the space aspect too for those of us who can barely swing a kitten!

 

rick.

 

But would you still not need a compressor switched on all day to run the press.

Craig

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only if you use one :wink:

 

i've hardly used a press since i started this game and when we did have one i rarely used it, nowt wrong with a bit of good old fashioned hammering & hand pressing and we hardly ever get any bonding issues that could have been avoided by using a press :) besides, i like hammering soles down, i find it strangely therapeutic :oops:

 

rick.

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A note on the running costs of compressors. The compressor will only run as the air tank runs low, it does not run all day [-X or shouldn't be :wink: The cost of that 'fill' is marginal. It all depends on your workload. As far as annual maintenence is concerned, again, it's marginal. A couple of litre's of compressor oil a year is hardly 'high cost' ? :? I would go for air rather than electric every time.

 

 

Mind you, if you have a small leak in your air system, it can have a major effect on your costs. Because most oil filled compressors are silent, you are not always aware that it is running :shock: The effect is that you may have been incurring additional cost in electricity as your compressor is working overtime :(

 

Check all air lines and connections regulary and make sure that you can't hear air anywhere. It's not uncommon for repairers to work with 'small' leaks on a daily basis completely unaware that it's costing them. There defense is 'I can't hear it when the finishers on anyway' [-X The net result could overheat the compressor and knacker it much earlier than it's normal lifespan.

 

Maintenance is simple and cost effective if you follow some very simple guidelines. Make sure you 'empty' the compressor tank daily. The net result of compressed air is 'WATER'. An emulsion of water and oil is not good for 'o' ring seals in press valves so it's worth doing as they can be expensive to replace. Also, regular top ups with oil IS neccassary :)

 

To avoid the 'hissing', I have even known customers to turn off the wall socket because of the noise when they stop and have lunch. #-o The fix can often be just a few quid :?

 

Keith

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