I am currently building a 10V, and getting close to completion. Unfortunatley at present i cannot afford a boiler, but i am considering buying a small compressor to run my engines. Can any one give me a few pointers in what is the best size to buy for this operation as in what HP and CFM?
Hi Paul...I ran my 10v and Score on one of B/Q's smallest air compressors in their range...forget the model...you might also get enough ''oomph'' from one of the more powerful pumps for aquarium filtration... hope all goes well,. John.
I haver run my stuart beam & minnie traction engine on the smallest compressor that Machine Mart sell. 25lts tank 1.5HP is more than enough, its just the noise when they refill the tank You only need 20-30psi and a small cfm
Hi Paul One thing to consider, compressors are very useful pieces of workshop equipment, either buy a little cheap and cheerful just to run your 10V or go the whole hog and buy the biggest one you can afford, if you buy an intermediate sized one you will regret it in the future. Ron
Some old freezers had a free standing compressor,the one I use for my workshop air supply had a fast and loose pully system,but now has a pressure switch.Compressor,1/2hp hoover motor(1450rpm),water trap and switch nz $20,tank low pressure oxygen(600psi) X Hudson bomber,pressure gauge FREEBY.Just resently was given another compressor,just needs the cut off switch seen to.They are minimal for most work,but more than adequate for running models,and if you have two you can run them both together.
I had a small compressor, I think 15 ltr, but it seemed to be running, noisily, a lot of the time when trying different engines. A year or so ago I purchased a Sealey 50ltr. Although still noisy like all compressors, it now only cuts on a small fraction of the time the smaller one did. Brilliant. I would go for the largest you can afford and fit in workshop.