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    MaxLine Rapid Air/Compressor line

    This is really a continuation of my IR compressor rebuild (IR Air Compressor Rebuild) but I thought for searching reasons, a new thread would be helpful.

    After I got the compressor in place I looked at many different options/opinions for air piping in my shop (Black Iron, Copper, PVC, Aluminum, etc.)

    -PVC was a no go right away, it degrades and ultimately will fail at the joints or even worse explode.

    -Aluminum would be nice but is expensive and time consuming threading all the joints. I have a rigid pipe threader and would rather fight snakes than operate it.

    -Copper is REALLY EXPENSIVE and I can't solder to save my life.

    -Black iron pipe will rust inside and ultimately end up blowing rust debris into my air tools. Plus the whole threading thing.

    -Max Line is expensive but really easy to install. 200psi working pressure and won't corrode.

    I purchased the Max Line 3/4" Master kit at Northern Tool for 167$. Plus an additional 150$ worth of additional fittings that I would need in addition to the Master kit. I had already had a Norgren FLR so that was a big plus.

    The Max Line is HDPE/Aluminum/HDPE. It holds it shape really well with the aluminum core, so bending in the corners was easy. After cutting you use a chamfer tool to prep the end for the connectors and push the line into the connectors and tighten a locking collar to hold everything nice and tight. Quality is top notch. All stainless connectors/couplings and solid aluminum distribution blocks with drain. I had 4 stations and FLR installed in 3 hrs time. I'm still lacking a couple of air line connections for the air reels but overall I'm really pleased with the results.

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    That looks great. Should handle everything. When I plumed mine I had all the 3/4 galvanized pipe and fitting I could ever use so that is what I used. But now my son is getting ready to plumb his and we were looking at the Maxline. I think we can get his done Under 300.00 so I think that's how we are going. Good luck (Nice looking Shop)
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    If you ever have any thoughts of painting anything using your current air supply, Id leave that lubricator empty or better yet not install it. You REALLY dont want oil in the lines because once its in there, its in there forever. Plasma cutters really dont like oil either.
    They are great for industrial use where the same machines or tools are always hooked up need lube and a person cant be relied on to do it, but for home shop use, Ive never seen a good reason to use one. A few drops of oil go a long way, but to each their own.
    Just offering advice that you might not have thought of previously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianaJim View Post
    If you ever have any thoughts of painting anything using your current air supply, Id leave that lubricator empty or better yet not install it. You REALLY dont want oil in the lines because once its in there, its in there forever. Plasma cutters really dont like oil either.
    They are great for industrial use where the same machines or tools are always hooked up need lube and a person cant be relied on to do it, but for home shop use, Ive never seen a good reason to use one. A few drops of oil go a long way, but to each their own.
    Just offering advice that you might not have thought of previously.
    Very good point. Haven't put any oil in it yet. I think I'll just put another filter in it. Thanks for the heads up.
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    A few years ago I ran 3/4" Maxline from the 10hp compressor in the shop to the pole barn.
    It took about 150 feet of line. It has worked great. It is good stuff & easy to work with.
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    When I had a plasma torch, that ran off shop air, the torch was located about 80 feet from the compressor.
    The compressor was a 5 HP, with a 30 gallon tank,,
    I ran a 100 foot 3/8" plastic air line through the rafters of the building, then into a moisture separator,,

    then,, the separator connected to another 30 gallon air compressor replacement tank.

    The air, going through 100 feet of air line, then sitting at some point in each of the two 30 gallon tanks, never had any moisture in it.

    I also connected a spray gun to that second tank, and got excellent results when painting.

    So, I think lots of time in any type hose or pipe will cool the air.
    The cooling will condense the water in the air.

    I still have the 30 gallon replacement tank, and hook it to my air compressor at the end of a 50 foot air hose, when I paint.

    Anything that gets rid of some of the moisture will help any air system.

    If I ever use a plasma torch again,, I will hook it to the multiple tanks.
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    I used PEX for most of my lines. I have two blow-offs, with a rubber flex-joint at the start (which is the weakest point of the whole shebang).



    Dirt cheap, and a huge variety of connectors.
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    A couple quick notes for anyone getting ready to plumb and air system:

    Always pitch your piping down and away from the compressor. 1/8" per foot is enough as air moving through the piping will help move any moisture along, as well as the pitch.

    Taps on the main line should come from the top of the main line and then drop down to where ever needed.

    The very end of the main line should have a valve for draining water from the system. If piping is on the floor, a valve with 2 of rubber hose will work. If piped overhead, install at least 3 feet of piping dropping down, as a drip leg, with a valve & hose at the end/bottom.

    The above tips will help prevent water from getting into your air tools, including paint guns. Get into a routine for draining your compressor AND air piping. Start monthly, if only a few drops of water, go to a 6 month drain cycle. The amount of time you use your compressor, humidity, and temperature all play a role in water in your air. Bob
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    I bought this same kit in December but have not installed it yet, been very short on time and other pressing priorities on the "have to do list". I have a similar type of shop. What did you use for interior walls, that's pretty nice? Mine is simply just the frame and insulation.
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