I was digging around the 'net for information about air filters for my new compressor. I was looking at toilet paper filter like Tod uses, and wondered what else was available. I saw the range from the Harbor Freight canister filters on up into the multi-hundred dollar units.
Then I stumbled upon Beach air filters. Like this one. Seems to have real good specs. Then I saw the price here. And upon further reading, I see they recommend the automatic drain valve, for which they want another $214. That's over a grand for a filter system. I'm guessing it's a great filter - it better be for that price - but it sure seems odd to spend that much money for a filter. I know I sure wouldn't.
But...I did figure it was worth $50 on eBay. It's used, but in very clean shape, with new-looking elements. And the price included the automatic drain valve, a pair of Parker ball valves (3/4" and 1/2"), a small brass ball valve on the drain line, and a handful of other miscellaneous fittings that I'll be able to use. It all arrived today, and it's truly industrial strength. Should be serious overkill for my current needs, and able to handle anything I can come up with in the future.
While I'm waiting for the new compressor to arrive, I've been playing electrician and plumber. I added the new 40 amp 220v circuit earlier this week, (including a separate disconnect by the compressor), and I've been working on the air drying rack that will go on the wall next to it. The piping will be behind my wall-mounted clamp rack, which I have to remove and re-mount on standoffs to provide clearance. I haven't taken any pics yet, since there's not been anything real interesting to look at, but I'll have pics of the finished installation in a few weeks.
Here's a sneak peek at the drying rack design...
And here's a link to a bit bigger image, so you can really see how bad I am at using SketchUp.