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Mine Air Compressors

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, February 15, 2012
1. Mine Air Compressors Marker
Inscription. These two air compressors are typical of those used in hard-rock mining. The Gardner-Denver air compressor, powered by a gasoline engine, is a mobile type that was moved to wherever it was needed. The Ingersoll-Rand air compressor, powered by an electric motor, is a stationary type and was usually mounted on a concrete slab. These compressors provided high-pressure air mostly to drive percussive rotary rock drills, which were used to drill holes for explosives. The holes were usually 1 inches in diameter and 6 to 12 feet deep. Rock drills were used both on the surface in open cuts and in tunnel underground.

Compressed air was also used to run air motors for various types of equipment used in underground spaces where fumes from fuel-driven engines would be dangerous, and where electricity was not available or as convenient to use.

These compressors were used in the Guadalupe mine from the 1940s until the mine closed in the 1970s. The Guadalupe Rubbish Company donated the compressors to NAQCPA in 1987.
Gardner-Denver Air Compessor
Manufacturer: Gardner-Denver Co., Quincy, IL
Power: Gasoline engine
Output: Unknown
Ingersoll-Rand MotorCompressor
Manufacturer: Ingersoll-Rand Co., Montvale, NJ
Power: 220/440V, 3 [ohms] , 60Hz, 176/88A
Output:
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By Barry Swackhamer, February 15, 2012
2. Mine Air Compressors Marker
100 PSI
 
Erected by The California State Society Daughters of the American Revolution and New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 37° 10.396′ N, 121° 49.581′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Almaden Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The Hacienda Mining Display is a short walk on the Deep Gulch Trail from the Almaden Quicksilver County Park parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: San Jose CA 95120, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Skip Loader (here, next to this marker); Mine Ventilation Fans (here, next to this marker); Gould Rotary Furnace and Condensing System (a few steps from this marker); Mancha “Little Trammer” Battery Locomotive (a few steps from this marker); D Retort and Condensing System (a few steps from this marker); Shaker-Concentrator (a few steps from this marker); Mercury Storage Vault (a few steps from this marker); Hoeing Table and Cleaning Tank (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
 
More about this marker.
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By Barry Swackhamer, February 15, 2012
3. Mine Air Compressors
The Hacienda Mining Display is still under development.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 19, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 721 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 19, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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