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Antique Air Compressor (Brunner)

Dan Burkart

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07/30/2019
I picked up this antique air compressor unit last week. The tag on the compressor says Parker Air Compressor Made by Brunner Manufacturing Utica, NY. It is run by a Century electric motor. The guy I bought it from said he had article showing the unit running a taffy stretching machine, but could not find the article. Does anyone have any information on this air compressor unit? Send me an email at danburkart@hotmail.com
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ehpower2

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if your planning on running the compressor i would seriously have the tank checked out and make sure relief valve working. I would also look at that braze on the compressor output side as i would not want to run that if the head is cracked. especially if the check is not working properly.
 

Nranderson

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I also have an old Brunner Compressor. The last patent date on the Brunner Tagged Westinghouse 3/4hp motor is 1919. This is my first post I will try to add some images here. When last running this unit was fully functional. Sounded like a sewing machine! All original. Brass valves are marked Brunner and the valve handles have capital B's cast in them. Any info would be much appreciated. I think this is the hardest thing I have ever tried to research. Have never found much at all......DSCN40.jpg

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41Briggs

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I have one very similar but it must be alittle later, mine has Brunner Decals on the tank, guage even the motor tag. instead of the Century motor mine has a Westinghouse motor. Does yours have a switch or does it just plug in and run until it trips the relief valve? its a neat little thing for sure. I have been working on putting it back to period correct getting rid of the modern on off switch that was added I found an early motor starter switch that looks right with it and the modern tank valve is next to get replaced

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I also have an old Brunner Compressor. The last patent date on the Brunner Tagged Westinghouse 3/4hp motor is 1919. This is my first post I will try to add some images here. When last running this unit was fully functional. Sounded like a sewing machine! All original. Brass valves are marked Brunner and the valve handles have capital B's cast in them. Any info would be much appreciated. I think this is the hardest thing I have ever tried to research. Have never found much at all......View attachment 133323

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You can tell a good quality product when they stamp their name all over it on every part. I have a couple Brunner compressors. I am fairly sure but not positive the company still exists but i think its just making air tanks.
 

Andy Williams

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i'm glad i saw this thread. i just got one of the smallest size ones this weekend.
just the compressor. all the valves were stuck, full of sawdust and a check ball missing on the relief valve but it looks ok i need the right size pulley. it has one about a 5 inches. looks too small. looks like an 8 or 10 inch would be betteer. it has original paint and it is a blue-gray. anyone know when these were made look to be 1900-1920 vintage
 
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