How To Buy an Air Compressor

An air compressor can make a project or mechanical job go faster with less strain on your body. If you’ve been on the fence about purchasing one or are in the market, consider these tips to purchasing your first or next air compressor. The right one can make all the difference to your project.

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Pressure Requirements

What you plan to use jun air compressors for depends on what type to buy. Certain tools need a higher PSI than others to operate effectively. Find the tool with the highest requirements for PSI and choose a compressor with a PSI that exceeds that. Depending on the needs of your intensive tools, you may need a single or two-stage air compressor to properly operate the tools.

Essential Features

How you use the compressor and for what determines if you need additional features. If you’re forgetful, an oil gauge can keep you from running out of oil. Industrial machines are great if you plan to use the compressor for professional or regular, intensive applications. Personal use may require only a lightweight, portable compressor. Harsh conditions may warrant the purchase of a compressor with a cast-iron body.

Power Source

If you plan to work indoors, an electric-powered air compressor is a good purchase. With an electric air compressor, consider how much voltage your home can support before purchasing a machine. Gas-powered air compressors are ideal for outdoor usage. Use them in a well-ventilated area. The gas tanks come in different capacities depending on your power needs.

Project Tools

Common DIY tools used with an air compressor include nailer, orbit sander, impact wrench, die grinder, sandblaster and grease gun. Many of these air tools last longer than conventional tools and require less physical work.

Prepare for next project by using the right air compressor for the job. You may just get more done in less time. One more thing to check off your to-done list.