Got a great deal on a new Arrow Desiccant Dryer

Chris_Hamilton

Trying to be the best me, I can be
Needed a new desiccant dryer as my old one of the same make (Arrow) was corroded and leaking. I'd already "JB Welded" it one time so I figured get a new one. Looked around for the same model I had and Zoro Tools had the best deal by far, $122.66 + tax for a total of $129.16. Free Shipping. This is like a hundred dollars cheaper than I could find it anywhere else and includes the desiccant. This is the 2 quart model (D12-04XL ) Rated flow is around 30 CFM and it is a high quality piece and made in the USA. Best thing is the desiccant is reusable, so you don't have to buy the expensive filter packets like with some of the Devilbiss ones and others. It will save lots of money in the long run. Combine this with a first stage water coalescer, and second stage oil coalescer, and you've got a nice system for significantly less money than say the Devilbiss DAD-500 three stage system (which is around a $1000). Only drawback is that it is shipped from the factory and takes a few days longer to arrive. Mine took nine days from when I ordered it to when it arrived today.
If you need one now would be the time cause who knows how long it'll be priced that cheap.

Link to the dryer: https://www.zoro.com/arrow-pneumati...scfm-2-qt-12-d12-04xl/i/G7821005/#description

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metalman

Oldtimer
I use the reusable blue desiccant in my system canister, well worth it. It is amazing to watch it go from pink to blue in the oven.
I get it from McMaster-Carr: 2181K97 - 10lb. They have 1lb and 5lb quantities also. I've had in the oven about 3-4 times and its not breaking down yet.
 

Barry

Paint Fanatic
Staff member
The arrow is a JR. Techincal brand perhaps the best quality
Great buy, they use to make a lot of things for a motor guard but dont know if still do or not.
 
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Gmills

New Member
Chris, how long does your desiccant last? Do you just use your dryer for painting? Just curious. We replaced a couple of air systems where I work a couple of years ago and I was able to build a dryer that holds about 25lbs. Got the coalescer and the particulate filter to go with it. I have been using it for all the air in my home shop over a year and haven't changed it out yet and have been surprised that I still have dry air.
 

El_Duderino

Member
Chris, how long does your desiccant last? Do you just use your dryer for painting? Just curious. We replaced a couple of air systems where I work a couple of years ago and I was able to build a dryer that holds about 25lbs. Got the coalescer and the particulate filter to go with it. I have been using it for all the air in my home shop over a year and haven't changed it out yet and have been surprised that I still have dry air.
Have any pics of your DIY build? That sounds like a great option.
 
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