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Old 13-11-2016, 13:13   #31
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I have an inexpensive silent air compressor.
No really silent, but it's not as loud as a sewing machine

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Dang, that is quiet! I want one!!
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Old 13-11-2016, 13:19   #32
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No rope cutter on the shaft... don't know if it would have helped with this... the rope was pretty heavy and in a loosely made up coil.
Showing my ignorance here but would a rope cutter have worked in reverse?
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Old 13-11-2016, 13:22   #33
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Dang, that is quiet! I want one!!

It is quiet enough that I leave it down below and it doesn't bother anyone, it's literally not any louder than a sewing machine.
I left one tied to the mast one trip we went off shore and got into some weather, when I went to use it, it was seized solid as a rock.
So it is not salt water proof not even a little
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Old 14-11-2016, 19:28   #34
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Re: Maybe I'm getting too old ...

Picked up a 19 CU FT pony bottle setup with a balanced regulator and other accessories for less than $300. Plan to pick up a 80 CU FT tank for the main purpose of filling up the pony bottle as well. Great for checking out the boat, getting anchors unstuck and recreational snorkeling (20-30' max).
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Old 15-11-2016, 05:42   #35
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If you are going to buy a tank look real hard at a steel HP 80. Much smaller than an aluminum tank, much lighter and you don't have to carry nearly as much lead. Not as common though as it cost a little more. You should be able to buy as many al 80s in hydro as you want for $100
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Re: Maybe I'm getting too old ...

One caution--not all air compressors will be capable of filling the high pressure tanks. I'd stick with standard 72 cu ft.
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72s haven't been made in a coons age, not since maybe the 70's? But underfilling a tank is no problem just lose a little capacity is all.
72s do make good deco bottles though

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Re: Maybe I'm getting too old ...

Read the note at the bottom of the page here. Worth noting a HP Steel 100 is the same size as an aluminum 80 and hold the same at low pressure but when a HP fill is available you get 20% more gas and usually do not have to carry a weight belt

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Re: Maybe I'm getting too old ...

This thread reminded me of the time Professor Fate's mustache snapped off while he was sailing an ice floe from the Americas to Asia.
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Thanks for reviving an old thread I didn't know existed.
I'm getting one of those "silent" air compressors for my business !!!
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Thanks for reviving an old thread I didn't know existed.
I'm getting one of those "silent" air compressors for my business !!!


Just note itís output, itís not much. Wonít run much of any kind of air tool
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Noted.
Enough to fill a tire, blow out and vacuum a sewing machine etc is all I need.
I just want to retire that pancake monstrosity I now have.
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