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    PTO Air Compressor

    Has anyone ever seen an affordable PTO driven air compressor? I always have a tough time blowing out my sprinkler system in the fall beacuse of its location. The manifolds are in different locations around the yard so we end up dragging 3 portable electrics around and they just dont have to cfm to hold the heads up properly. I am not having any luck locating a portable pto driven for the tractor, but maybe they don't exist? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!!

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    Surplus Center

    There's a business that I believe is called SURPLUS CENTER. Never ordered anything from them, but used to get their catalog. If that is the correct name, they might have the parts and hardware you could build one yourself. They used to have either entire military surplus PTO generators and/or the parts to build one. I know they had all kinds of hydraulic cylinders and airplane generators, and much, much, more. Think I recall seeing several types of air compressor pumps in the past.




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    PTO Air Compressor

    Thanks for the info! I will look into that, but unfortunately I am not so handy to be able to build my own. I was looking for a ready-made unit.

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    Surplus Center is the name of the place. I've ordered from them before.

    Here's one that has a max RPM of 800. You could run it at the 540 PTO speed, and the CFM would just be lower. You'd need a mounting arrangement, PTO coupler, air tank, pressure regulator, and some fittings to make it work.

    Surplus Center - 30.16 CFM AIR COMPRESSOR SINGLE STAGE 5 HP

    I don't think you will find a dedicated PTO-driven compressor for under $2000.
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    Andy, I took a look and this compressor seems like it would do the job at 30 some cfm. I assume you just get rid of the flywheel and replace it with the pto coupler? Do you think this would be a pretty involved project?

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    I would think the cheapest way would be to rent or purchase a large nitrogen cylinder. Especially if you will only need it annually. Biggest benefit is...You could dial the regulator up to the output needed to clear the lines (max about 2000psi,but you'll not even come close to needing that high of pressure,nor will your lines handle it).
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    I rent a diesel powered trailer mounted compressor every year to blow out my lengthy system, and I do a friend's too. It has plenty of grunt (185 CFM) to blow out the lines and I regulate the pressure to about 70-PSI to protect the pipes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rgd View Post
    I would think the cheapest way would be to rent or purchase a large nitrogen cylinder. Especially if you will only need it annually. Biggest benefit is...You could dial the regulator up to the output needed to clear the lines (max about 2000psi,but you'll not even come close to needing that high of pressure,nor will your lines handle it).
    I would think your nitrogen bottle would freeze up at the flow rates needed to do this job...
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    I'n not familiar with the nitrogen option?? I am familiar with renting the trailer mounted units. Things like that are extremely tough to rent in North Dakota beause of the oil activity. If you can fine one to rent, it will be very expensive. That is why I was trying to find one on my own. It would be paid for in a couple years worth of rentals.

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    Since you already have a fairly large 3 pt generator, maybe pick up a big electric compressor and mount on a small trailer. You may have to mod the trailer to have clearance for the PTO generator. While it does not seem to make a lot of sense to use a generator to make electricity to turn a motor to compress air, it may be the most cost effective approach. Then, for the rest of the year, you will have one heck of a compressor to use in the garage.
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