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What Should You Do with Your Old Compressor?

So, you have purchased a new compressor. You have tried it and found that you absolutely love it. Now that all the excitement has subsided, you realize that you have no idea as to what you should do about your old one. Don’t worry about it! Here are some excellent options for you:

  1. If you have also bought a dependable backup compressor or you already have one, then you should try selling the old one on online auctions like eBay or put it up for local listings. If it’s in good working condition, you can get around $100 – $135 per hp. If it’s a really good brand and in excellent condition, you can get the price up to $200 per hp. To help sell your compressor faster, make sure you take high-quality photos. It’s a great idea to clean the compressor thoroughly before taking pictures. The cleaner it appears, the higher the price you can sell it for.
  2. If you didn’t purchase a backup air compressor and your old still has some life, it might be a good idea to keep it. This way, if any glitches happen with your new compressor, your operation or task doesn’t have to halt. If you decide to keep it as a backup equipment, stagger the pressure switch to have the old compressor set at 5-10 psi less than the load set point on the new unit.
  3. If the old compressor has already retired, it might be wise to cut the tank in half using a cutting tool. This can eliminate liability if anyone takes the old compressor from your property. There are some people who use the old tanks for bbq pits, but we don’t really recommend it.
  4. Salvage it for scrap. If you have time, you can segregate the metals to get a higher value: copper, cast, steel, and more.

Whatever you decide to do with your old compressor, you should always take extra care when handling your old equipment –whether you have to clean it for resale, moving it to a different area for storage, or cutting it to look for salvageable parts.

If you have any questions about your old compressor, you can contact us! C.E.D. Compressed Air specializes in selling and servicing air compressors, dryers, and tanks, among others.  We’d be happy to help you!

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