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Old 11-30-2015, 03:36 PM   #1
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Has anyone removed the tank from their pancake compressor?

I was looking at a Porter Cable pancake compressor on Sale at Home Depot.
It looks like a simple matter to remove the air tank and just use the compressor for airing up tires.

Looks like you would just need to do a little plumbing change so the cut-out switch was still in the air line.
The air line would always have 150 PSI when not connected and inflating a tire.

This would let it operate like a Viair compressor and would take up much less room than having the tank.

Just wondering if anybody has already done this.
Please don't tell me to just go buy a Viair....because I am a tight-wad.



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Old 11-30-2015, 07:15 PM   #2
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I bought one that had the nailer with it. I used the nailer already but haven't tried on the tires to inflate there brand new too. So far I'm happy. Quite compared to the one in the garage Even in the MH its not that loud.
Not sure what the advantage would be. The tank isn't that much bigger than the Power Unit

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Old 11-30-2015, 07:30 PM   #3
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This eliminates the air "cushion" that controls the compressor cycling on/off. Without the tank the compressor would turn on/off several times a minute during air use.
If you want a small 150 psi compressor, check out this unit.
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Old 12-01-2015, 10:06 PM   #4
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^^^ Sorry I already bought mine.
diffidently small is good for storage.
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I have that Home Depot P-C compressor and it does work very nicely but really don't think that separating the tank and compressor will work well. It is not very fast in that you need volume as well as pressure to air up tires as that, besides nailers, is it's normal use - and it does take some time to air tires vs my shop compressor. Keep it together as it really isn't very big and you may find a world of other uses
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