nail gun powered by air tank


Old 05-24-04, 12:19 PM
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nail gun powered by air tank

Somewhere I have seen a discussion about using a finishing nailer with a portable air storage tank and coiled hose combination for inside work to elimanate the air compressor noise. Does anyone have any info/guidelines on this?
Also, in that same thread someone had used an air conditioning compressor to make a quieter-running air compressor. Any info here?
Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 05-24-04, 06:32 PM
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An air tank will power an air tool but the volume of air the tank would hold would not power the gun for long enough to be practical.
(Maybe five shots?)
A good solution might be to use a long air hose and put the compressor outdoors. Just upgrade the hose diameter to ensure you get enough air.

An a/c compressor would work for a short while but is not a good long term solution.
Working against this is the fact that a/c compressors use cool suction gas to cool off the motor windings and will eventually burn up the windings.
Also, when running at full output they tend to pump oil and you would have a fair bit of oil in the air line.
In addition, refrigeration and a/c compressors are a relatively low displacement and you would find they have a very low air output.

If you have an oilless type compressor you may want to consider a small oiled one as they tend to be a bit quieter.
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thanks for your reply.
Old 05-25-04, 08:43 PM
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I leave the compressor outside and run hose into the house.

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