I realize that there are several reviews and threads on the Altaros already but I'm endeavoring to put as much information as I can in one thread. Guess we see how it goes.
First let me say that the guys at Altaros center on customer service. Very quick to respond to my email questions and super helpful throughout the entire process.
I placed the order on 3/1/17. The to my door price was $639.00 including shipping. The shipping originating with CZ post and then transferring to USPS once it arrived in the US. It shipped from CZ the following day on 3/2/17 and arrived at my house on 3/13/17. I knew that that I wouldn't be there at the time of the delivery so I picked it up the following day at the PO.
I have a 2 stage, 240v, 5 hp. 60 gallon compressor in a room separate from my shop already so it didn't take much research for me to decide on the Altaros. The Altaros uses the external compressor to both power the HPA compressor and cool it. The Altaros will run fine on a smaller compressor that what I have but the bigger compressor allows the Altaros will fill whatever gun or cylinder faster.
Pardon the incomplete repaint on the compressor room. It got to be winter before I got done. Unpacking:
The package made it without any damage. It shipped in a box wrapped with clear plastic shrink wrap.
The booster compressor was surrounded with foam inside the box.
The Altaros unit is housed inside a plastic tool box and it arrived unscathed from it's long trip to Arkansas.
An extra set of O rings is included.
The unit is shipped completely assembled other than a couple of fittings that are provided but have to be installed by the end user. The first is the fitting for the air intake. The provided fitting has an O ring and is screwed hand tight onto this port on the back of the unit.
This fitting mates to a regular quick disconnect commonly used for compressed air.
The next thing that needs to be installed is the thumb screw for the bleeder valve. A simple matter of screwing it onto the fitting. This is also hand tight.
The manufacturer also ships a double ended male Foster fitting with the unit.
Inside the box we see the last of the things that needs to be installed. The 12v power supply. This provides power for the switches in the unit. It is in this white box inside the unit, packed with more foam to protect it.
There is an access hole in the back of the unit with a grommet where the power cord is to fed through and then plugged into the booster.
Altaros provides a water/oil filter with the unit that is already plumbed and attached to the inside of the lid. Really nice to have this right at the booster.
It is an interesting design. There is manual filtration along with a water seperator at the top.
An additional desiccant filter downstream form the first filter is also included and already plumbed.
The beads are bright orange when they are dry and turn to dark green if they need to be changed or dried in the oven.
The end cap farthest away from the first filter is the one that Altaros says should be removed. I covered the jaws of a set of Cobra adjustable pliers with masking tape to protect the cap.
There are 2 filtered exhaust ports on the unit where air is exhausted from the cooling cycle.
Altaros suggests that you can cut pieces of the packing foam to quiet the exhaust form these ports which works very well.
And the foam installed on the port on the opposite end of the booster.
And here is how the booster looks ready for use. We'll get it going in the next post.