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Vintage Kidde Compressor

Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:48 am

I live in Turkey. I use the compressor for 38 years Kidde. They worked 500 hours in US Airforce aircrafts and scrapped but worked flawlessly for many years without any fault and have adapted to scuba compressor.

My compressor has a 220 V 3 HP electric motor / gas engine 5 HP with 3000 psi 100lt/minute . or 5 HP electric motor 380 V works between 2 Kidde's 200 litres air for a small group of divers.Maximum speed is 3150 RPM. 3000 psi. 20/50 engine oil to the compressors using
If you do not run the oil depends on time and missing or lean Kidde will serve you many years .

Currently I'm using Kidde compressor 50 years product and I am very happy with them. Made in Europe with many brands are doing or every 2-3 years, the fault must be sent to the service for maintenance, which in many parts has changed the price was high.However, kidee is trying but unless they are used for many years without any problems,
This is a solid product for the US Air Force proof made I have a lot of spare compressor and I have experienced as long as they were my children.

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Re: Vintage Kidde Compressor

Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:25 pm

Thank you for posting the pictures and information about your Kidde compressor. I saw one on Ebay for a ridiculously lost price... They said it was brand new. So I was looking around but didn't find much information. Your post is helpful.
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Re: Vintage Kidde Compressor

Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:28 pm

All of the military surplus compressors, Kidde, Cornelus and Stewart Warner are pretty much bullet proof.
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Re: Vintage Kidde Compressor

Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:18 am

Go to Google groups- compressor team. It is a forum of folks who specialize using these compressors. Jim Sheldon sporting goods is a wealth of knowledge and a member of this group. These turn a high RPM but are "bullet proof" as Capt aptly said.

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Re: Vintage Kidde Compressor

Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:07 pm

my big brother


This is my big brother ! compressor 3750 rpm , 140 lt/mn , electric motor 3 HP (2800 rpm) 220 V, works clockwise ,no need maintenance..may be it's a armies scrap but worked 60 years without problem .
We are same age children .. and I am an experienced diver 39 years.. I trust his compressed air and dive 200+ feet..

Thank you very much for all Walter Kidde.. may God rest your soul..

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Re: Vintage Kidde Compressor

Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:47 pm

Hi Trapezus,

I thought that you might be interested to know that there is a distributor in the city where I live for the Alkin compressors that are made in Turkey. :)

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Re: Vintage Kidde Compressor

Sat Jun 30, 2012 4:12 pm

antique diver wrote:Hi Trapezus,

I thought that you might be interested to know that there is a distributor in the city where I live for the Alkin compressors that are made in Turkey. :)

Happy Diving!

I have an Alkin compressor and could not be happier :D
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Re: Vintage Kidde Compressor

Sat Jun 30, 2012 4:24 pm

Hi,

big surprise for me to hear it :) .. Alkin's fabric in Izmir on the Eagean Sea.
There are some divers who use Alkin our diving club
I liken alkin Austrian Poseidon Compressors .. body is a bit heavy
I prefer AL body and high speed vintage compressors :D

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Re: Vintage Kidde Compressor

Sat Jun 30, 2012 4:46 pm

Bryan wrote:
antique diver wrote:Hi Trapezus,

I thought that you might be interested to know that there is a distributor in the city where I live for the Alkin compressors that are made in Turkey. :)

Happy Diving!

I have an Alkin compressor and could not be happier :D
:D may be you bought it a few hundreds dollars , USA all the cheap
would reduce the price here is $ 2500, I wanted to get

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Re: Vintage Kidde Compressor

Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:35 am

The only Alkin that I have actually gotten my hands on and test run was the W32, 8 cfm block. I do a lot of contract work for a company that sells Bauer, and service many of them of all models and ages, so I am more familiar with them, but the Alkin has some interesting properties.

The Alkin W32 is very obviously a knock-off of the versatile Bauer W-block, but has some interesting changes. The block appears to be cast iron instead of the aluminum that Bauer uses, and while some may think that is a disadvantage, it could be why the Alkin runs noticeably quiter. Alkin also uses much more Stainless Steel in critical places with tubing and separators, and that may be advantageous to longevity.

I would be interested in hearing from Alkin owners of any problems (even minor ones) that they may have experienced... so far I have only heard good things.
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Re: Vintage Kidde Compressor

Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:08 am

I asked the factory prices today Turkey/Izmir

http://www.alkin-compressors.com/anasayfa_en.aspx

W32 8cfm 240lt/mn : 6016 dollar

W31 mariner 100lt/mn: 3722 dollars

Please write USA prices..

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Re: Vintage Kidde Compressor

Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:53 am

AireTex is making their own version of the W-31. They told me that prices from Alkin have increased and it was cheaper for them to have them made elsewhere and assembled by them. They still service, sell and distribute parts for the Alkin but are not promoting them as much.

Here is a link to their compressors. When I saw them in person I could not tell them from an Alkin.

http://www.airetex.com/a45.html

You can buy their W-45 new for around $3800.00



5 years ago I paid $2300.00 for my Alkin W-31 with 20 hours on it. I change the oil and filter cart