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Old 10-31-2017, 02:29:44 AM
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Went to the fall equipment and contractors auction this weekend. This is the spring/fall auction where I usually bid on a win all things really old. Picked up my Hamilton Lathe and others there in the last couple years. While there was no lathes or mills there this year, I did pick up this gem. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Gardner Denver air compressor.
Powered by a KTU Buda serial number 159252. B/M PU243B

XH TYPE COMPRESSOR
NO 54994 SIZE 6 X 4-1/2

About all I could figure out is that the KTU Buda started in 1925 ish and with the steel wheels it probably from the 20-30's. Not sure.

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I really like that. I thought we had an old one.
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Hi CB1,
Nice unit you have there!. I have a G/D belt drive compressor that might even be the same model( I will have to check again) there doesn't seem to a lot of info on these to be found. Can you post or email me a few photos showing the sides and unloader for the compressor to compare with mine?. Also I found an air tank that looks like yours to go with my G/D(after a hydro test!) does your tank have a hand hole cleanout?.
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Nathan,

I will get some better pictures now that I have it home and in the shop. I want to winterize it and maybe fiddle with it a little before I put it away for winter. I have projects ahead of it on the list (which is growing).

Mine is direct drive, no belt. I don't think my tank has a cleanout, but will check.

What I did find interesting is that the frame is a cast piece with a serial (or model) number cast into it. I couldn't figure out some of the markings on the side of the frame until I realized that they were marks left from the molding process.

Anyway, I think I will send Gardner Denver a email and see if they have any history regards these old compressors. Who knows, they are still in business.

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They are still around. We had some reciprocating gas compressors of theirs. They were opposed twins. One of them was always broken down due to vibration. They would rub shorts in wires and get stress cracks all the time.

That is a really nice looking compressor. I am surprised it is in that good a shape.
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What a good find, i'd love to have that.
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Here are some more pictures as requested,

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And a couple shots of the engine,

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And if someone can tell me what these two things are, well that would be great!!

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First looks like governor assembly.

Second looks like gear drive housing for fan belt pulley on left and water pump on right.
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