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 Post subject: Source for air pump?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:55 pm 
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Location: Chicago
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Hi all, wondering if any of you can point me to a good low-noise air pump? I got this laser secondhand and they kept the air pump for their new one. I picked up a cheap one but it overheated pretty quickly and I returned it- I then got another one that ran fine but was way too loud.

Seems this application needs an air pump more specifically suited to running for a good couple of hours and isn't crazy loud.

Any recommendations are much appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: Source for air pump?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:19 pm 
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If you're in the market for one anyway, I got a California Air Tools compressor for around $200 that's pretty quiet, and you can use it with air tools and all. You have to regulate it such that it doesn't run above a 50% duty cycle, but it's a pretty solid machine. It's not as cheap as the continuously running ones though.

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 Post subject: Re: Source for air pump?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 11:11 pm 
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Location: Morgan Hill, CA
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I have a small piston type air compressor normally used for stuff like an airbrush. It's happy to sit under the table way in the back and doesn't make any noise unless it moves over against the water bucket and starts it rattling. I solved that by zip tying it to some bricks.

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 Post subject: Re: Source for air pump?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:37 am 
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Thanks, the keyword I needed here was "airbrush." All I was finding was bigger shop/auto air compressors.

Now I'm wondering if I want to get into airbrushing. Might be cool to laser cut some stencils...

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 Post subject: Re: Source for air pump?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:39 am 
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Overhead transparency film cuts really well. I've made some stencils with that before, and it's fairly cheap. The sheets are only 8x10 or so though.

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 Post subject: Re: Source for air pump?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:02 am 
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I got this one: http://amzn.to/1X2IOWA

and then added this http://amzn.to/1qmeqvN

It works alright. The plastic covers on top of the unit loosen and rattle, but if you can keep you hands off the machine, they can probably go. I find with the very rudimentary setup that FSL made, to get any effect out of the stock airpath you need to go with about 20-30 psi, which then gets you into cycle time issues. To match your stock pond air pump (this one http://amzn.to/1qmeED9) you can set the psi to about 2 or 3, and it will still work better as the pulsing on and off is gone.




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