Compressor Oil Change

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  1. Zstar

    Zstar Veteran Member

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    How often should I change oil on a two stage, 6 hp, 80 gal compressor that sees maybe 4-5 hrs of use per week. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. stevenp3762

    stevenp3762 BANNED

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    I have never changed mine.....like 30 years!!!! Don't take hey advice! :)
     
  3. sickfast1964

    sickfast1964 Veteran Member

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    Probably once a yr. more if it runs all day in a commercial setting.
     
  4. night rider

    night rider Veteran Member

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    Once a year is a good idea for most of us.
     
  5. Gary S

    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    It depends on what oil you use. If you use petroleum based oil, I'd change it every 2-5 years. If you use synthetic oil, change it only if it gets dirty looking or you exceed the 8000 hour rating of the oil. But, most home grade compressors have pumps that aren't rated much over the 8000 hour rating of synthetic oil, so you probably never have to change synthetic.
     
  6. 68400BIRD

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    I change mine yearly.
     
  7. 69TAPoser

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    Your manufacturer should have a recommended cycle based on time/usage.

    We are in a very high-use commercial situation at our shop, using a very large 15hp Saylor-Bealle 4 cyl compressor that holds 200 gallons. We run synthetic compressor oil (Amzoil) and change it every 90 days.

    I would think an annual change would suffice for most, but it depends on usage and how much dirt is getting in the oil.

    Also make sure that you are using compressor oil (which is non-detergent).

    Phil
     
  8. Zstar

    Zstar Veteran Member

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    Thank you all for your input. I will change to Amxoil.
     

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