One of the things I wanted to do for some time was to add a simple manifold to my existing airline. The reason being; I have three main tools that I use all the time, and they all use a different PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) setting.
I purchased a 3 port manifold from Harbor Freight some time back, but didn’t find the rest of the pieces I needed until just recently.
The reason for adding the manifold to the airline was so that I could set the PSI directly from the air regulator I have for my high-speed engraver in the art room without having to go to where I have my compressor located.
As far as ease-of-use goes this is a huge step in making it possible for me to quickly use all the tools that I use on a regular basis.
The Main Tools I Use On This Manifold
The main tools I use on this manifold are:
- High-speed engraver
- General purpose air hose
Each of these tools requires a different PSI setting to work properly so that I can achieve the effects of the want.
The high-speed engraver is the most precise of the tools I use. I must ensure that I have the PSI set just right. If I set the air pressure to high for this tool it can cause stress or damage to the turbine.
I use a variety of different PSI settings with my airbrush. It really depends on the process and effect I am going for. If I am spraying on a hard surface, flood filing an area, or adding fine details. Having the adjustability right where I am working is a great benefit.
General Purpose Air Hose
For everything that needs a bit of dust removed the air hose is a great/quick way to do so. Depending on what I am doing I now have full control over the PSI going through the hose right at my finger tips.
Putting in the manifold was a big deal for me even though it is a simple addition to any workshop.
Hopefully this video and pictures will give you ideas on how you can expand your own airline and with the addition of a manifold.