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Buffalo Tools Compressor Parts [Post relocated to it's own thread]

I am trying to fix a Buffalo Tools air compressor. Can't find a model number on it. It belongs to a family member and got damaged in a move. The Manifold is broken. Does anyone have any idea where to find new parts for these compressors? Has anyone constructed their own replacement manifold & can it be done reasonably well?
Thanks for any help you can give........Dodgenut
 
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Old 05-18-13, 04:28 AM
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You may be able to replace it but it would depend on how it's configured.
Many inexpensive compressor units have the pressure relief and compressor unloader as part of the manifold and you would have to allow for these when you repair yours.

Some clear, close up pictures of what you have are needed.
 
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Even posting the make and model would be better then nothing.
 
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The make is Buffalo Tools. It is Chinese. As I said in original post, I can't find a model or model number listed on it anywhere. I did find a serial number. It is: 18741FW. I didn't figure that would be of any use, but if it is, ok. I will try to upload some pictures later today. I would like to find new parts, but if not, will attempt to build my own manifold. Which was my second question originally. I wondered if anyone on here had done it. GregH (Moderator) made a good point about the configuration. One problem I have found with Chinese equipment is that they use a different metric system. The thread count on their metric bolts is different from standard metric. Thanks for replying and any and all future help will be appreciated........Dodgenut
 

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GregH: I believe I have you to thank for relocating this to it's own posting. I wasn't sure how to post a new thread on here, so I "piggybacked" it where I did. Thanks again......Dodgenut
 
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The bolts may be metric but the pipe sizes should be standard sizes.
Pressure switches, relief valves, and regulaters are commonly avalible items.
Even the box stores carry them in the same isle as the compressors.
 
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joecaption1: Thanks for the comeback. I am becoming more and more certain that I am going to end up building my own manifold. Everything except the manifold and one gauge are undamaged. The manifold is my only concern........Dodgenut
 
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WE can only speculate until you post a clear close up of the manifold and fittings.
We might be able to tell what is standard and not.

An inexpensive compressor I own does have standard fittings but one that is nearly identical we use a work is metric and it would not be easy or cheap to replace with anything other than an exact replacement.
 
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IMG 0462JPG (1536x2048) It this works, Compressor. Nope it didn't
 
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IMG 0464 JPG Trying this from Imageshack. Nope, guess that didn't work either.
Ok, one more time from Imageshack.
URL=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/197/img0464r.JPG
If it doesn't come up on here when this posts, I hope someone can get it up. If you can, let me know and I will do the same for the rest of the photos I took........Thanks Dodgenut

Here is a link to the page which is in the top address bar of your photo site..
ImageShack® - Online Photo and Video Hosting

I too have problems adding an image in that it looks like the forum is not resizing images from a web link.
 

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The regulator is a part of the manifold so if you try to install a standard manifold you will need a new regulator.
I would suggest that you remove the gauges, pressure relief and pressure swich to make sure they are standard NPT threads.
You also have to check the union below the manifold as that may not be standard.

Unless someone has a fix for inserting images just add to your photo page and the link above will lead to them.
 
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I resized and posted the pic here for you.



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Thank you! I am considering taking this compressor with me to my brother's home in Colorado where I will have a fully equipped shop to work in. Also, he has built several compressor systems before. I was going to try and do it here, but am running out of time. I will post how it is going and what we did, along with pictures. I was really hoping for a source to just replace the manifold. However, no one seems to know where parts can be had. Thanks.......Dodgenut
 
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It seems to be the norm for a manufacturer to just junk an inexpensive gadget and just replace the whole thing.

I have gone to great lengths to try to get parts for cheap microwaves, a/c units, small fridges and freezers that were sold by box stores and just out of warranty.
Spare parts were never imported by the stores that sold them and the warranty department was the dumpster!
 
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Angry Temporary fix

I have a manifold very similar to yours. It broke as yours did because I pulled on the hose. I fixed it by gluing it with super glue then wrapping the joint with strips of aluminum foil coated in super glue. It worked fine for awhile until I yanked on the hose again. I'm trying the same repair again but this time I'm going to prepare some type of strain relief on the hose to prevent any tugs on the hose from being transmitted to the manifold. This is probably a good idea for even unbroken manifolds because these things are made from very weak material, not much stronger than compressed sand. Since your posts are a year old this is probably old news to you or you have solved the problem or given up but if not maybe it will help get your machine back in service at least temporarily.
 
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Welcome to our forums Hombsey !

Good you got your compressor working temporarily but there are safety concerns with temporary repairs where pressure is involved.
Although remote, there is a chance a temporary repair could fail and hurt someone.

I'm all for saving a dollar and DIY but these compressors are very frustrating to find parts for and are not that expensive to replace.
 
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