I just lugged what appears to be a brand-new air compressor out of the trash at work. It is a little pancake-style unit, but uses what appears to be a modified refrigeration compressor. It has a band around it that holds the top on, an oil fill cap on top and an oil level sight glass on the side. The rest of the pancake compressor arrangement is quite conventional.
The maker is Novair, model silaire, rated at 3 M^3/Hr, which works out to 1.8 CFM. I couldn't find much about this model anywhere on the web, although the maker seems to be a major manufacturer of compressors and vacuum pumps.
Anyway, the first order of business is to put oil in it, it appears to have been drained for shipment. Even if I tilt it, I can't see any oil in the window. Anyone know what sort of oil would be good for this? Remember, it is basically a hermetic refrigeration compressor, so the motor windings are exposed to the oil.
Also, I can't find the air intake on this thing, which is a bit of a puzzle.
Obviously,it is a 230 V 50 Hz design, hopefully it will run from 240 V 60 Hz without much trouble.
Thanks in advance for any info or pointers on this.