Shelden Compressor after 3 months

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    ajshoots
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    After 3 months and about 2.5hrs of run-time, I am very pleased with this compressor. I got Model be2-4v1. It is 2.4CFM with a 2hp 220volt motor. I wired mine with a 30amp twist lock plug to match how I wired my garage. I now have it mounted on a work bench as shown in this picture.

    The noise is very comparable to my shop air compressor which is a 33 gallon 6hp twin 220volt. It runs very smooth and has little to no vibration. I have filled everything from 68ci paintball tanks from empty to 4500psi, up to 88cf scba bottles, and everything inbetween. I personally have a guppy and tigershark tanks and topping them both from 3000psi to 4500psi runs less than 15 minutes. That is starting the compressor, filling one, bleeding the line, then filling the other bottle. So far, the filter is doing a great job. The humidity has been horrible since getting this compressor and I have found no moisture in guns or tanks(Yes, I have opened both guns and bottles to check).

    Overall, I could not be happier with this compressor. The service from Mr Shelden has been wonderful. He has been building these compressors for years. I was alittle hesitant since these are new old stock or rebuilt military compressors. However, I work for one of the worlds largest military defense contactors, so I have been around these units and similar compressors. They are bulletproof!!

    The service intervals are change oil every 40 hours and service the air dryer/moisture trap every 30 hours of service. Estimates on rebuilding of the actual compressor are in the neighborhood of 3000 hours. Jim does recommend annual oil changes if you do not reach the 40 hour service annually.

    I set a budget of $2000 for a compressor. In that price range, I am certain that there is nothing equal. There are much better like the Bauers and such, but the Shelden is really the start of high output HPA compressors. I do feel the shoebox is awesome for what it is and fills a huge gap. I also think the chinese units fill a need as well, but all those are measured output of CFH and would benefit from a high quality filter. The Shelden and above are measured in CFM and have everything including a top quality filter. The Shelden and larger do have some major drawbacks. They need 220 volt service and not everyone has or can get a 220 plug wired in an appropriate location. They are loud and are not meant to be used inside a home. They are intended for shop/garage usage. Finally, they are bulky and not very portable for most people. Mine weighs about 95lbs. Just like having a variety of airguns to choose from, we also have a variety of hpa compressors to choose from. Finding the one that fits your needs is the key!! Here is a link to the compressor http://www.sheldensportinggoods.com and below is a link to a short video that might give a decent idea of noise level.
    http://s16.photobucket.com/user/ajshoots/media/20150525_112923.mp4.html?sort=3&o=13

     

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    jimreed1948
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    Thanks for the compressor review.  I have been trying to decide which one to get.  This review helped a lot.  I think this is the first review I have seen on the Shelden Compressor even though it has been around for awhile.  The electrical wire you have looks like #12.  Is that 10 or 12 wire?  Does the wire get warm?

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    ajshoots
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    Jim wires the motors with#12. It does not build any heat in the wire. I always run #10 with 30amp, but the 12 has been fine so I won’t change it.

    I can’t remember for sure, but I want to say amp draw is 12-15.

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    blackdiesel
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    This maybe my next big air gun related buy.  I’m a little confused by the pricing. It lists a price then have this “Price is $1600 plus shipping.
    ADDED is a 4.2 CFM unit for paintball/airguns for $2100 plus shipping.”  What exactly is the 4.2 CFM unit?  

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    ajshoots
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    Just a bigger compressor. Faster fills larger cfm.

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    spysir
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    Great review. To bad you posted before I got one (kidding kidding) but love the pictures also.
    He’s been around a good while, inventory changes from time to time naturally but he does know what he is building/doing.
    I think there are the value in the price range and he will never have any unknown Chinese (other) compressors. If you are the type
    who can live with say a used rifle because it gets the job done every time, Jim’s stuff will satisfy you.
    John
     

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    bobseagles
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    Hi.

    I have had a Shelden compressor for 2 or 3 years (lost track of time) with no issues. Mine looks about the same as the photos in this blog, except mine has an aluminum chassis. Same 220volt setup. One small recommendation. Keep the oil level at the bottom notch of the dipstick, or you can squeeze oil from the fittings. The price was definitely lower than the commercial units, and given that it was for military applications, I expect it to last. I am using synthetic jet engine oil for the lubrication, and you can find it at multiple places via the internet. 

    Mine is in the basement, and isn’t that loud. I can hear it on our 1st floor, but by then, it is subtle. I have mine on a thick rug to absorb some vibration and sound. You can box them to quiet them down, but you’ll need to provide adequate air flow so that cooler air can be drawn to the cooling fan. 

    Rob

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    RandyW
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    Jim does offer a 110V model. It requires 30A romex and a 30A breaker.

    This unit is 2.2 CFM so a hair slower than the 2.4 but if you have a hook up 
    for it already it is a good option.

    If there is a draw back it is the wait. I think I’m number 8 on his wait list
    and it won’t be till mid or late August before mine arrives.
    There is a plus in that he sells all the supplies to service the unit and
    it sounds like the chemical he sells for removing moisture works
    quite well.

    Thanks for the review.

    Randy

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    iride
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    I got the 220 volt b24-v1  Works like a charm,  Like said before Jim been building these things for a long time , And I, myself kind of got scared away from the china stuff,
    If your looking to buy a compressor,
    Give Jim a call , He speaks good English and the American parts are easy to get…
    So says the but that shoots Czech Republic air guns, LOL.
    Mike

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    NMshooter
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    I just looked at the price and they have gone up to $2600 plus shipping. This is now in the price range of the highend compressors. On AOA’s site there is the Daystate compressor listed at $3000 and shipping is free. I am wondering if anyone has a comparison to these two compressors.

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    ajshoots
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    That is not the same compressor that I have. Bigger compressor with additional filters and a steel frame.

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    NMshooter
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    How much does the one you purchased cost? There are several units available and I think the paintball unit runs $2600. What is the name of the unit? I think the dryer unit is much better than the Omega units. My next purchase will be a compressor, just hard to “pull the trigger” due to cost. Hard to explain to the General!!!!!

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    blackdiesel
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    Do they get the  Model bE2-4v1 and Model bE2-4v2 in often?  They’re in the price range I was looking but they are sold out.

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    ajshoots
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    Jim has no more compressors to build those models. Government has to release more compressors for sale. Who knows if and when????

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    guod123
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    I spoke with him, now all that’s available is the larger 5 hp model with breathing air 2600.00 plus. Available in Oct. When you figure in the costs of filters and additional run time. They still look good.

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    RandyW
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    I contacted Jim today as well to check on my order. Well I’ve gone from number8 on the waiting list to
    number 3. He said he hurt his back carrying a compressor up from the basement and is a bit behind.
    Hopefully I’ll  have mine around the end of the month. Maybe only one more trip to the dive shop ;)

    If any one on the forum is down around Florida I’ve heard of some great deals on compressor pulled
    from cruise ships some of them as new, for dirt cheap.

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    NMshooter
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    I have family there, where or who do you contact?

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    blackdiesel
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    “RandyW”I contacted Jim today as well to check on my order. Well I’ve gone from number8 on the waiting list to
    number 3. He said he hurt his back carrying a compressor up from the basement and is a bit behind.
    Hopefully I’ll  have mine around the end of the month. Maybe only one more trip to the dive shop ;)

    If any one on the forum is down around Florida I’ve heard of some great deals on compressor pulled
    from cruise ships some of them as new, for dirt cheap.

    
Can you post the info?  I’m in GA so it’s just a 6-8 hour drive, gas is only $2.35 now :)

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    ajshoots
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    Check Florida Craigslist. I have found many great deals but was never willing to drive from Ohio to get one.

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    RandyW
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    Sorry no contact info just something I read on a forum a couple of months ago. If I had a contact I 
    would not be waiting 2 plus months for my sheldon .
    ajshoots is a good suggestion or you could see if you could get a list of salvagers in FL.

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