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#1 trowel OFFLINE  

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Posted June 28, 2014 - 04:49 AM

Yeah, after changing the drive belt and test running it, when i opened the petcock to drain the tanks i felt it on my hand.

Popped a pin hole this past fall, sanded the spot good and patched it with JB Weld but is leaking again around the patch, looks like the inside of the tank has rusted thin in that spot, would it be worth welding on a patch ? might be too thin, thinking of lining the insides with the Red Kote fuel tank liner.

 

Or should i just replace the tanks outright ?

 

Looked at CL and Emglo go for $ 200 and up.

 

My Emglo twin tank wheelbarrow compressor, picture below :

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Posted June 28, 2014 - 05:08 AM

Time for a tank replacement! That is a bomb waiting to go off!


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Posted June 28, 2014 - 05:59 AM

      Unless you are very skilled at welding and know how to correctly repair it I would say replace.  You will be better of in the long run,  good luck

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Posted June 28, 2014 - 06:14 AM

It's safer to replace it. You never know how many weak spots are in there. It could blow suddenly, but it's probably more likely to spring a leak and let you down when you need it most. 


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Posted June 28, 2014 - 06:19 AM

Yeah,....figured as much, crap,.......thanks guys, i won't use it anymore, better safe then sorry.


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Posted June 28, 2014 - 07:19 AM

How would a propane tank work? You can get one pretty cheap from a propane dealer. They get the ones in that don't meet current codes.


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Posted June 28, 2014 - 08:19 AM

If it were me, I'd replace it. One hole now, but how many more are waiting to finish rusting through and start another leak ?
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Posted June 28, 2014 - 09:22 AM

Good advice.  I had one a couple of years ago that started leaking.  My Son-in-law welded it, but I never trusted it after that so I replaced it.


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Posted June 28, 2014 - 10:43 AM

Holes are the warning sign. The news reporters are just waiting for the 911 call now.

Please be careful and replace it.
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Posted June 28, 2014 - 02:08 PM

Tanks usually cost as much as a new compressor might depending where you buy it. I once took mine to a welder, and he said NO, cause the metals on whole tank bottom could be thin, and hard to weld or just break somewhere else.


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Posted June 28, 2014 - 08:27 PM

Same here replace it. Sell the parts & destroy the tanks so no one else gets hurt.
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Posted June 29, 2014 - 05:59 PM

Did some hunting around and my model compressor tank is obsoleted in several places already and the places that has it cost $$$, now that DeWalt owns the Jenny/Emglo line it seems they are dropping a lot of parts.

 

Shame, the compressor is around 12 years old, ...drop in a bucket.

 

Would be neat if i could find two 4 gallon air receiver saddle tanks in good shape from semi trailers for cheap, cut the mounting frame, wheel and handles and mount all that onto the new tanks, then clean and line the insides.

 

Then again it would be cheaper just to buy another used one.


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Posted June 29, 2014 - 06:01 PM

Sorry to hear that you can't get parts. That sucks.
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Posted June 29, 2014 - 06:10 PM

Not all bad though, i can still rebuild the compressor pump right now, i may do that.



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Posted June 29, 2014 - 07:12 PM

I know what it's like giving up a compressor just because the tanks are bad especially a gas engine type & being an Emglo. I had one years ago & was going to do this but sold it for parts. Look into getting two of these & ganging them together.

http://www.tractorsu...nk?cm_vc=-10005


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