There are so many different Compressors on offer that is can be a nightmare for the prospective customer to try and decide what to do. The suppliers are all desperate for the business at any cost and may tell you what you want to hear not wat is right for the application. Being independent at Compressorman we can sell just about any make of Compressor we like and have tried a few different makes over the years, but we struggled to find a manufacturer that we were truly comfortable with until we settled on the Air-Zone brand.
Today’s Compressors can be very complicated and also very clever, every one of those features has the ability to adjust your compressor to be more efficient. They are also very sensitive and if it decides that its parameters are not being met it will stop the machine. If you don’t understand the principles or want to master them, the machine will soon get into the state of nuisance tripping and it will be in a nightmare situation for you. At Compressorman we have some compressors that are so complicated that they can almost make you a cup of coffee and will certainly save you energy costs, assuming there is any to save.
If you want a VSD Compressor where the target pressure can be set to within 0.1 bar then we have several of those but make sure that is what you need as it is expensive technology. If you just need quality, reliable air then perhaps a more standard machine will do the job and save you a big outlay. There is nothing nicer than a solid and reliable "Red button - Green button" machine, but if you want and need high technology then we have the lot.
After talking to a potential customer last night, I realised there is still confusion over 240 volt, single phase electrics and 415 volt, three phase electrics. There is no such thing as a dual voltage, 240 volt motor - well not in general terms - if you see a motor that is rated say “415v - 240v “ it does not mean it can run on either three phase or single phase. What it means is, it is a three phase motor that can run on either 415v or 240v three phase electric. It cannot be directly connected to 240volt UK electrics - Shock horror, but that ends that myth. In short it must say 240v - 1ph - for single phase use.
One of the first things you need to understand is that 20 to 30 years ago there were considerably fewer one man band workshops, in starter units or in converted farm buildings - no one had a small Hydrovane in a home workshop - 99% of new ones would be going into Industry and most would be 3 phase units. They were often run very hard indeed sometimes up to 24/7 - assuming they were serviced properly then they ran faultlessly rather like a Swiss watch.
As the economy changed and small units were built or converted for small business use, then people wanted a quieter top of the range machine like the Hydrovane and the more affluent businesses were able to buy new 240 volt models and the rest had to just wish until something suitable became available. At this point in time people had little choice but to buy an old Piston or a new cheap one from places like machine mart or similar and so the search for used Hydrovanes was born.
Move forward 10 to 20 years and there are many more small business, some have three phase electric and many only single phase. There developed a massive market of people wanting small Hydrovanes and that market is just as strong today, unfortunately most of the used machines that become available are old and tired or have passed through many hands. The chances of finding a really good machine, at a sensible price, is very slim. Ebay and gumtree are full of tired old models that are well past their best.
If you want a good quality used Hydrovane or a completely remanufactured one, buy one from us with a warranty, call us on 07904471183