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Hi guys,

I just purchased a Husky portable air compressor and new to this. Need some help from pros on safety and setting ups. Please see the attached pictures.

I purchased a moisture trap from home depot and installed it to prevent water get into air hose. Am I doing it right? Another question regarding safety is that each time after I finish the job and want to load the compressor to my car. Do I need to depressurize the tank first?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9303935244/
This compressor comes with an air filter. Can anyone tell me how often do I need to change the filter? I can't find any information on the manual.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9301143783/

Here comes the part really confused me. There is a label on the tank saying "Do not use to lift compressor" I don't understand do not use what to lift it.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9301143783/

Really appreciate if someone can help me.
 

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Hi guys,

I just purchased a Husky portable air compressor and new to this. Need some help from pros on safety and setting ups. Please see the attached pictures.

I purchased a moisture trap from home depot and installed it to prevent water get into air hose. Am I doing it right? Another question regarding safety is that each time after I finish the job and want to load the compressor to my car. Do I need to depressurize the tank first?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9303935244/
This compressor comes with an air filter. Can anyone tell me how often do I need to change the filter? I can't find any information on the manual.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9301143783/

Here comes the part really confused me. There is a label on the tank saying "Do not use to lift compressor" I don't understand do not use what to lift it.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9301143783/

Really appreciate if someone can help me.
Hi - Welcome to the forum:smile:
Water filter is fine, kind of an optional thing. Shouldn't be an issue if you purge the tank after every use.

Can't help you with the air filter, just check it periodically if you are using it in dusty/dirty conditions. Maybe blow it out occasionally.

For lifting, I think they are talking about using the handle to lift the whole compressor. That looks like an oil filled compressor and upending it might spill the crankcase. I'm not positive about that though.
 

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Hi - Welcome to the forum:smile:
Water filter is fine, kind of an optional thing. Shouldn't be an issue if you purge the tank after every use.

Can't help you with the air filter, just check it periodically if you are using it in dusty/dirty conditions. Maybe blow it out occasionally.

For lifting, I think they are talking about using the handle to lift the whole compressor. That looks like an oil filled compressor and upending it might spill the crankcase. I'm not positive about that though.
Hi, jschaben.
Thank you for all the great information. Since it
s oil lubricated, every time when I try to lift the compressor, I should keep it upright?
 

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Hi, jschaben.
Thank you for all the great information. Since it
s oil lubricated, every time when I try to lift the compressor, I should keep it upright?
This compressor is designed for the compressor to be vertical, and the tank to be horizontal.

I think the label is meant to infer not lifting the compressor by the handle, which is perhaps designed to push the unit forward, rather than to be used to lift the unit.

I had a similar unit for a long time, and I only used the handle to move the unit horizontally.
 

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There might be air filters out there that work. I tried several about 40 years ago and gave up. I just drain the condensation out of my compressor daily and more often in damp weather now and I don't get any water in the finish. Not using a filter I have to watch the air more careful to make sure the compressor doesn't malfunction and put oil in the air though. Compressor oil can really screw up some finishes. The filters I did use had an element that felt almost like stone. Instead of replacing them I rinsed them out with lacquer thinner once a week.

I can't get your pictures with my internet. If there is a label saying not to lift the compressor by a part it's not structurally strong enough to hold the weight of the compressor there. There should be a spot under the pump just above the tank which you can lift the compressor in conjuction with the handle. They probably don't want you to lift the compressor by the plumbing where the air hose plugs in. It's just a 1/4" or 3/8" pipe and is easily broken.
 

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Hi guys,
I purchased a moisture trap from home depot and installed it to prevent water get into air hose. Am I doing it right?
For your intended use, and keeping the compressor mobile, and not as just a shop fixture, what you have will work. Keep in mind that compressors produce hot air. When compressed in the tank and cools, produces moisture. Regular draining keeps it to a minimum. Should be daily if the compressor is used daily. Forced air from the compressor doesn't entirely get filtered due to the high pressure at the tank. A filter on the tank is minimally effective.

As for what happens at the end of the hose, is what you can further control. The hose will also collect moisture. If you are spraying a finish of sorts, mount a small air pressure regulator and disposable bulb filter right on the handle of the gun. You could do the same with other air tools, but a few drops of air tool oil daily, if used daily, helps to keep them working properly.

Another question regarding safety is that each time after I finish the job and want to load the compressor to my car. Do I need to depressurize the tank first?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9303935244/
No, it isn't necessary.

This compressor comes with an air filter. Can anyone tell me how often do I need to change the filter? I can't find any information on the manual.
You can visually inspect it. Depending on what material the filter is would determine how you clean it. Most are a section of synthetic wool, like a Scotchbrite pad. With those you can blow them out and wash them. Some are a cotton composite, which can be just blown out. If it's a paper one if it isn't too worn, it can be blown out.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9301143783/

Here comes the part really confused me. There is a label on the tank saying "Do not use to lift compressor" I don't understand do not use what to lift it.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9301143783/

Really appreciate if someone can help me.
The label is on the tank, but I think it refers to the plastic shrouding above








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