Air starter

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A starter used on large coal haulers that permits the elimination of all batteries except the 6-V units for the headlights. These starters are operated by compressed air supplied at 100 psi (690 kPa) from a storage tank on the tractor. Trucks can stand idle for 4 or 5 days and there is still enough air in the tanks to start the engines. Coal Age, 3
Source: Dictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms

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