I got an ancient tire pump a few months ago. It didn't work, but I figured I
could fix it. It was butt-ugly but when I got it home it turned out to be made
100% of brass except for the main shaft which is stainless. The shaft was bent.
I straightened it, lubricated the leather, and plumbed it so the end was
1/8-27NPTF so I can use blowgun ends in it.
Boy is this handy to have around the shop for blowing out holes after drilling
or tapping! I just grab it and pump, way quicker than pulling out an air hose
and finding a blowgun for it. And the air stream is much less dangerous than
90psi shop air too. I haven't yet blown a freshly tapped chip into my eye, but I
always do worry.
Now Grant, that is entirely against the whole premis of this group,
which is the acquisition of ever-larger POWER machinery. How here you
come with this Luddite blowgun thing.....
But I can relate to the wrestling out the airhose and finding the nozzle
(adult ADD kicks in here) all just to blow the chips out of that
recessed hex-head screw so you can get the wrench in there.
Which is why I rigged up my shop with lengths of air hose permanently
attached to a supply pipe attached to the ceiling such that the hose
hangs down at the back of the bench. When I need it I grab the hose
I also attached a blow gun to the end of the bench next to the vise
with a cable so I can't loose it. I have another one for working in
And pressure regulators can be installed to give you softer blowing
devices. Oh, and one can wear safety glasses. But those don't really have
anything to do with the fact that he who dies with the most tools wins.
Right -- seems to me that you can always put a schrader valve
on the hand pump and charge it up with the compressor for a
two stage blower :-)
D> And pressure regulators can be installed to give you softer blowing