April 15, 2017 at 4:42 pm #268482ramjet62Participant
thanks , still no tracking # here yet….April 17, 2017 at 12:34 pm #268553chibasanParticipant
Just got tracking number this morning….. should be here by the 24th. :8:April 17, 2017 at 2:51 pm #268557ramjet62Participant
just received my tracking # , but it isn’t showing anything yet , to early I guess ..April 19, 2017 at 6:44 pm #268609
I spoke to Adam at Joes place today. I was told that the Carette compressors are in Customs and they expect them to be released shortly. They are currently calling everyone on the wait list to confirm their orders and expect to ship them shortly. I hopeful to be getting mine by the end of the month. I think they have received 30?units if your interested you should call before they are spoken for.April 20, 2017 at 10:46 pm #268646April 20, 2017 at 10:50 pm #268647April 21, 2017 at 5:12 am #268660guykuoParticipant
Here is how I recommend doing a fill with the Carette compressor…..
Proper filling is to start with the tank main valve and tank fill whip bleed valve closed.
Close the bleed at the top of the PMV, but open the manual drain at the water/oil separator.
Set the auto shutoff pressure to 4500.
Start the compressor. Because the drain valve is open, it will see no load. Let it warm up for about 10-15 seconds to distribute its oil before it gets loaded.
Close the drain valve. The pressure will steadily rise in the compressor. You should see the Carette gauge gradually rise. At the point the PMV opens, you will notice the rate of pressure rise drop for a moment. That’s probably around 2200 PSI.
Let the pressure continue to build to approximately equal to your tank pressure. Gradually open the tank valve to full opening. This lets compressed air enter the tank. The timing of opening the tank when the compressor reaches tank pressure is to avoid suddenly loading the compressor with full tank pressure.
Don’t keep the compressor running too long without a path for air to exit. You don’t want to over pressure the compressor. The auto shut off should kick in before something goes awry, but it is best to keep an eye on things until you know all is functioning well. On my first run, I intentionally set the auto shutoff low so I could verify its function.
During tank filling, the Carette pressure gauge should read pretty close to what your tank gauge reads. If they are grossly mismatched, something is impeding flow and/or you have a leak at the fill whip bleed. If the gauges are way off match, stop the compressor and troubleshoot before continuing.
You will see the pressure in the compressor rise as the tank fills.
Let the Carette auto drain fire every 10 minutes for about 2-3 seconds. You can also manually drain the separator, but the auto drain should do the work for you.
Once the tank reaches fill target pressure (4500 PSI), turn off the compressor.
Close the tank main valve.
Open the manual drain valve and bleed valve at the top of the PMV.
Turn on the Carette and let it run for 3-4 minutes without a load to clear out its cylinders of any residual moisture.
Turn off Carette and close the drain and PMV drain.
Open your tank bleed valve to ensure the hose is depressurized.
Disconnect tankApril 27, 2017 at 9:13 pm #268808
I finally was called for payment and my Carette hopefully will be shipped in a day or so. I just hope it is being pre tested as I would hate to have to ship it back if it’s a dud. I am looking forward to getting it and no more treks to the paint ball shops for a short fill.April 30, 2017 at 12:02 am #268860humdingerParticipant
My earlybird shipment arrived on Monday. U.S. customs is opening up many of the shipping crates for inspection . Mine had the latches pried open but there was no damage to contents or parts missing. It is an understatement to report that this is a quality compressor. After getting the Carette I sold a Bauer full sized compressor which served me well for 3 years. A local paintball business bought it because they require a continuous duty compressor. Super fast fills are nice but I didn’t need a 170 lb. 220V compressor that was only being run once a month for 10 minutes. There were no compressors like the Carette available when I decided to get the Bauer. I had always been leery of Chinese compressors. Sincere’s willingness to allow Guykuo to vet their compressor and have it pass Guy’s thorough testing convinced me to buy one. This compressor has a quality feel to it with many desirable convenience features built in. It has a digital hourmeter, adjustable pressure shutoff gauge, PMV, belt drive, adjustable timed bleed valve, a closed circuit water cooling system. The compressor is extemely quiet running during a fill. It actually measured 70 decibels at full load on my sound meter app . The build quality of every component exceeds expectations. The Carette is a ringless piston design that doesn’t require costly shipping for piston ring replacement. It won’t require time consuming tear downs for do it yourselfers needing to replace pressure sealing rubber o rings that some competitor compressors use.
Anyone considering an Air Venturi, Altaros, Shoebox, Alpha or Omega should think again. The Carette is the new sheriff in town. At $1395 nothing else comes close to giving a compressor owner all of this value. Air boosters may be less expensive initially but require secondary first stage compressors, intake filters, plumbing and output air filters which will bring their costs up to or more than the Carette. They cannot compete with the Carette’s convenience, plug and play capability, and faster fill time. It can fill a 9 liter tank from empty to 4500 psi in 186 minutes. This is the compressor our sport has been waiting for and the best bang for the buck option available for tank owners.April 30, 2017 at 4:17 pm #268864
DJMay 5, 2017 at 9:07 pm #268965
If any of you have been following the Carette saga I want to let you know it was a great upgrade for me no more 2 hour trips to the paint ball store to get a short fill (I was never able to get more than 4000 psi fills). Today I was able to fill my Tiger Shark tank 72CF from 3300 to 4500 in approximately 40 minutes. Joe B and his staff must have worked like hell getting all the units out.
Mine arrived in great shape. It was screwed down in a wood crate and arrived in showroom condition. I set it up based on what I read on the numerous post of guykuo to any one considering a Carette it’s a must read. I called Joe’s staff when I wasn’t sure on one step.
What you need to have handy to get started is a roll of pipe tape, some antifreeze (it comes with can of oil) and an assortment of open end wrenches.
First thing I did was remove it from crate and I set it up in my garage. Put in the oil and antifreeze and turned it on but with the petcock open and I let it run for 45 minutes under no pressure just to break it in and to check for leaks. I then closed the petcock and the pressure went up to 2200 with the Alpha air filter not yet attached(later i used radiator clamps to attach it upright to the frame).I made sure the timer was working on the oil water separator. Then I attached the Alpha filter that I ordered with the compressor. Then I connected the tiger shark tank and turned on the compressor and as soon as the pressure in the compressor came up to what I had in the tank I opened the tank valve and the wait began.in 40 minutes the tank was full. I then let the compressor run for 5 minutes to dry out internally with no load and peacock open. That’s it, there were a couple of fittings that needed to be retaped to take care of air leaks and that was it. If you plan on filling guns directly remember if you use the Alpha filter get a bleed valve on the out end also and you should use a filter when the auto oil water separator goes off the water it dumps has a slight smell of oil the filter will help in eliminating that.
This is what I did and it worked for me I’ve always been comfortable around tools so doing this was no big deal . If your weak in the workshop get someone to help you out.
One thing I must say it is quite even under load. I was able to use the phone in the same room no problem makes about as much noise as drilling with a drill press and wood.
That’s it if I left anything out I’ll add it in next time.June 2, 2017 at 1:28 pm #269414joe-brancatoParticipant
Guys, and gals,
I just got a reply by the factory on this topic. When I asked them about adding glycerin to the main gauge, they seemed baffled. They said that the gauges aren’t made to hold glycerin, and hence not to insert glycerin into the gauge (they will leak). While I run my Carette with a dry gauge (the needle doesn’t vibrate, and the function of glycerin is to attenuate vibration, so no need) I did have one of the early birds that came into my store with glycerin in his gauge and thought that’s how it was supposed to be. I thought the glycerin looked cool, but personally I thought it was a waste of effort, so I never did it . We even did a video of Carette for our YouTube channel (Airgun Scientist) showing his compressor with the glycerin in the gauge. We’ll have to update that video for this, and other reasons as the factory has changed a few items around from the early-bird design.
So, according to the factory, DON’T put glycerin in the gauge.
If you have any questions, PLEASE call me, DON”T reply here as I won’t see it. We DON’T monitor this, or any other forums, simply because there are so many, we’d be spending all day monitoring forums for questions (instead of shipping compressors). If you have a question, we’ll be happy to answer IMMEDIATELY, as long as you call between 8AM-4:30PM PACIFIC (11AM-7:30PM EASTERN). We pick up within 3 rings!!!! Again, happy to answer ALL questions, but not on forums, as we don’t monitor. I don’t know if I am allowed to post my telephone number here, so I will not. If a moderator or other feels it is appropriate to post for questions, then please feel free to put down the number on my web, or even my cell.
Have a GREAT day!!!
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I only had a chance to read 1 or 2 of the posts, but glad you folks are loving your Carettes!
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