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Frequently Asked Questions

Click any of the most frequently asked common questions listed below for answers.
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Q: What is a blower?

A: A blower is described by many names, positive displacement blowers, positive displacement air pumps, vacuum pump, rotary air blower, etc. and the names are frequently interchanged incorrectly

Positive displacement and industrial blowers are for a wide range of applications. They can be used to for pneumatic conveyance, to create air flow supply for dry bulk, or as a vacuum to load material through suction.

Q: Do I have a blower or a pump?

A:  Blowers are included in a range of equipment that includes pumps, compressors and fans. This often causes confusion when trying to determine what type of equipment you have.

Below in a guideline for these types of machinery:

Blower: moves a certain volume of gas or air then discharging or forcing it out against the system pressure, with a relatively low increase.

Pump: increases the pressure of a liquid/solid or slurry to load through suction lines.
Compressor: increases the pressure of a gas by reducing its volume.

Fan: produce air flows with high volume and low pressure

If you are moving dry bulk between two points, you most likely have a blower. If you are using suction to load materials you most likely have a vacuum blower.

Q: Which oils should I use in my blower?

A: The oil you should use is dependent on the manufacturer and model of the blower.  Our experts recommend checking the blower’s OEM requirements suitable for your application.

Unless otherwise specified, our experts recommend use Amsoil RC-ISO220 synthetic, however we stress to first check the original manufacturer’s requirements.

Contact us if you require further assistance or have questions.

Q: How do I check my blower’s oil level?

A: First make sure the blower has been off for at least 15-20 minutes, to allow for the oil to settle correctly. Blowers typically have one of three different types of oil gauges, a standard sight glass, a tubular sight glass, or a leveling drain plug. They are located on at least one side of the blower, if not both.

Typically the correct oil level for both the standard and tubular sight glass will be at the halfway point. Please refer to OEM recommendations for quantity, as this applies to majority but NOT ALL sight glasses.

The drain plug is located above the ideal oil level. If by removing the plug, oil spills out, the oil level is too high, and you must wait until the excess oil is drained before refitting the plug. If the oil level appears to be low, little by little add a small amount of oil from the above filler plug until oil starts to trickle from the drain plug, then refit the plug.

Q: I want to change the type of oil I use in my blower, what should I do?

A: First, ensure you always check with the blower manufacturer that the oil you wish to use is appropriate for your blower. Next, fully drain the existing oil from the blower prior to using different oil.

If you would like to know which oil to use in VMS blowers, please email or call us to speak to a service agent for assistance.

Q: How much does it cost to repair a blower?

A: An estimate can be given based upon the blower size, the cost of replacement parts and the degree of damage. Our experts will inspect your blower and determine firstly, whether it can be fixed, and secondly at what the cost is to you. Our service experts have 30+ years of experience and strive for the highest level of customer satisfaction.

Contact us to get started on an estimate.

Q: How do we repair a blower?

A: Our experts carefully examine the blower, and assess why the unit is not functioning properly. They replace all damaged parts, and perform our regular service.

This includes striping the blower, thoroughly cleaning it, replacing basic wearing parts such as bearings, seals, O-rings, reassembling the blower and giving it a coat of fresh paint. Check out our Gallery to view our work!

Q: What if I don’t want to fix my blower after you have inspected it and given me a quote?

A: If we have already stripped and inspected the blower then our standard inspection fee will be chargeable: prices start from depending on the blower’s size. Parts will be returned for the cost of shipping.

Q: What if my blower is leaking or overheating or overly noisy?

A: Make sure the blower isn’t in operation and is separated. Contact our service experts immediately to help diagnose your issue. They can assist you with troubleshooting, give you a quote to repair or replace your blower.