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Old 02-01-2013, 03:25 PM   #1
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How Do You Keep You Compressor Running In The Cold?


I'm never on a outside job in the winter but, this year I am.
When ever it's below freezing I can't get my compressor to run or stay running.
It's an Emglo tat uses oil. I'm assuming the oil is to thick due to the temp.
I have to use a small torch to heat it up to get it started but if its not running non stop it will not come on, it tries but always trips the breaker.

Do I need an oil less? Thanks

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My Hitachi is an oil bath compressor and it gets parked when the temp gets below freezing. Them I use my bigger and older Craftsman oil free.

I never tried changing to full synthetic oil to see if its any better.

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Ran my Campbell- Hausfield oil- bath all day today. Started out at 5 f.High of 23. I've never had a problem with it being too cold to run. Icing downline maybe, but not at the compressor.
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Re: How Do You Keep You Compressor Running In The Cold?


I always use an oilless when its cold. I hear that some have had good luck changing the oil, but I have never tried it.
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Mine def slows down on start up when it's cold. Today it was -7 and it started up slow but it started. Perhaps put a little fan heater blowing on the crank case to bring the oil above freezing.
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I run an Emglo also. When it is single digits it tends to pop the breaker also.
You need to use a heavy gauge cord and release the air from the tank when you start it up.
There is also a constant run switch that allows it to run without building pressure. That way it is not working against the air pressure and large draw at start up.
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what type of construction do you do? We don't have problems with ours..

http://www.rolair.net/products/spec_...K17.html#specs

however you have to have enough guys running air to support a compressor like that. store it in the tool trailer at night with a small protable space heater in there starts up about 3 pulls every mourning..also have and inline water separator and oiler filled with cold weather pneumatic oil..never have problems with anything freezing.
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I don't have a trailer.
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Mine stays in my heated trailer all the time.
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If you pull the pressure relief valve when you start it the motor won't run under load. That might do it, although pulling the pressure relief is probably not good for it. Who knows.
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We just use a heat bulb or regular bulb in a clamp light. Put it close to the cylinder and let leave it there all day and night. We use the big eletric Rol-air.
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Stick one of these on the bottom of the "crankcase", they work great. Also, plug the compressor directly to an outlet whenever possible so there's no voltage drop.

http://www.amazon.com/Kats-24050-Wat...+engine+heater
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Or, buy an oil less for the really cold days and not have to preheat the thing every day its cold. Maybe if you rarely work in the cold the heater thingy is ok though.
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My compressor is the Makita 2400 It's an oil compressor

I use an electric space heater. a 1500 watt unit.

It is on 24/7

during work it is facing the compressor, In the evening it's under the hood of the telehandler so I can get it started in the morning.

It was -14F on Wednesday and the compressor worked fine all day.

Now the air lines froze on the other hand, but that's not the compressors fault


Usually my biggest problem is getting the air tools to fire when it's that cold
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Mine def slows down on start up when it's cold. Today it was -7 and it started up slow but it started. Perhaps put a little fan heater blowing on the crank case to bring the oil above freezing.
Wow, -7 in Roanoke?

Actually, I seem to have more problems with the lines icing with the compressor heated than running it in the cold.
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Use a gas compressor it at least stays a constant idol.
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Use a gas compressor it at least stays a constant idol.
Noisy $#@%&*?/(# gaspots.
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Noisy $#@%&*?/(# gaspots.
I really have no business commenting on something I know nothing about. I digress
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Wow, -7 in Roanoke?
According to the Farmer's Almanac, the low in Roanoke yesterday was 34 F yesterday.

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