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Old 11 January 2010, 18:47   #1
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Compressor Tools

Need to remove a load of antifouling.

So thinking of hiring a compressor (if I get attached to it I'll buy one)

Will only have single phase avaiable. (Honda engine?)

Most air tools quote an average CFM, looking to buy a jitterbug and a DA sander, with a low CFM and that can be used wet.

I've looked at Ebay & Machine Mart. But I think their tools use too much air.

Any ideas Guys?
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Old 12 January 2010, 02:51   #2
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I think you will find that all DA sanders will require a lot of CFM to run. You can getaway with running one on a small compressor but only if it was for a small job and for short bursts at a time. To run a DA (or any other high demand air tool) you need a high CFM and a good size receiver (tank).

If you are looking to run a compressor off a Honda generator? (If I assume correctly) you will struggle. I would say you would be looking for 14CFM as a min to run a DA and 3hp that is also about the max you could run from a single phase supply. And that is recommended to be hard wired into a 16A supply.

I have a 14CFM and 150L tank compressor in my garage and the house lights dim when it stars up.

If you are hiring one you could hire a stand alone petrol one which should do the job like this unit http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/pr...ven-air-compre

Let us know how you get on?
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Old 12 January 2010, 05:27   #3
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Doesn't antifoul have to be scraoped off rather than dry sanded?

If I was you I'd get it slurry blasted.
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Old 12 January 2010, 05:41   #4
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i would get it sand blasted if i were you, if you pay them cash they will give you a bit of a deal, should cost about £150 for a 6 m rib, thats what a guy quoted me.

try these guys they are local:

http://www.symblast.com/antifouling.htm

they do a good jopb and clean up after themselves....

good luck
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If you do get it blasted and you keep your boat in a boat yard check to see if they offer the service or will add a charge for using an outside contractor.
The yard my Dad keeps his boat in tried to add 10% on because we didn't use them, they don't even provide the service.
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Hadn't thought of slurry blasting.
My yard aren't keen on outside contractors, unless it goes through them.

Cost wise I would think it's a no brainer, with the cost of the hire and tools plus me looking like a minstrel for days with aching arms.

This site is certainly usefull.

Thanks one and all.
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Find out if the yard will do it for you. Have a look at your contract and see if it stipulates you use them or have to pay a percentage to them.
My Dad never paid it and the yard took it no further.
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Can't you take the boat out of the yard?
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