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One of CAPS’ Service Technicians, Gareth Goldsby, was recently on a road trip back from Olympic Dam, SA, when he spotted what he described as a “compressor and generator graveyard”, set up by the Andamooka Progress and Opal Miners Association (APOMA).
Being a bit of a compressor enthusiast, Gareth decided to pull over and have a closer look at the exhibit. During his inspection he was excited to discover a very old and rusty-looking Ingersoll Rand compressor.
The plaque displayed in front of the compressor revealed it is a 3 cylinder axial compressor powered by a Ford Flat Head V8 engine. Imported by W Newton and Co of Alexandria (Sydney) in the early 1950s, it was used to power air operated drills and jackhammers.
Following some discussion between CAPS’ employees and some interested other groups via social media, the compressor is thought to be either a Type 40 Model 25 or Model 25B rated @ 111cfm, 125psi — originally fitted with an oil bath inlet filter and auxiliary unloading valve. The engines were direct coupled and only ran at about 1000 rpm.
Considering CAPS’ long history as the master distributor for Ingersoll Rand compressors in Australia, the company considers this worn-out compressor a very interesting and valuable find.
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