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Transporting an air compressor

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I need to transport an older vertical tank air compressor.

It has the motor mounted on top and is at least 5' foot tall.

Does anyone know if it is o.k to lay it on it's side for transporting?

Thanks for any info...

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If you tip it on its side, your oil will move into places it is not supposed to be. I have never seen one transported any other way than upright. Good luck.

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You could drain the oil from the compressor before you move it and put new oil in when you get to destination. An oil change isn't going to hurt anything but maybe your wallet. Unless it is oil-less in which case the compressor will never know.

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I would transport it upright unless you have to transport it on your side. If you do transport it on it's side make sure the motor/pump assembly is well supported and you drain the oil. If you're transporting it vertical, bolt the air compressor on a pallet that is large enough to keep the air compressor from tipping. Then strap the assembly down on to the vehical.

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Thanks for the great suggestions fellah's.

I ended up draining the oil as I have no way to transport vertically. With the help of a friend we slide it into the back of the suburban. With the seats folded down that thing still reached to the front seat. What a beast!

Thanks again...

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