Do you need an air compressor for your business? Before you get stressed out trying to figure it all out, take a breath.
By evaluating your needs and breaking up your search, figuring out how to choose an air compressor can be easy.
We figured we’d help point you in the right direction! Read our simple air compressor buying guide!
You don’t need to be an expert on how an air compressor works to use one (basically, it sucks in air and creates a usable force), but knowing some basics will certainly aid your search and help find the air compressor for you!
Some common words and phrases you will see throughout your search may be confusing, so familiarizing yourself with some of the words and mechanics will be helpful in the long run.
There are a variety of tools and products that use air compressors. This means there are also a lot of variations when it comes to the air compressor itself.
Start by asking yourself what you need in a compressor.
What is it for? Certain air compressors are better for different jobs. Figure out exactly what you will be using the air compressor for, and go from there.
Other important things to think about is where the compressor will be located, and how the power will be supplied. Does it need to be
Should your air compressor be stationary or portable? Stationary air compressors are larger and best for continuous use, like in a car shop. If you have to move the air compressor around or are in a compact area, go with the portable.
If you’re needing an air compressor, you likely have a tool in mind that you are using it for. Make sure that the air compressor you choose works with the air tools you need! Don’t forget to figure out the necessary features and accessories to accompany your compressor!
Here is when knowing some lingo comes in handy. The type of air compressor- rotary vs. reciprocating- matters too. Reciprocating air compressors are a good and cheap option for businesses, while rotary air compressors tend to be higher in efficiency and last a long time.
Now, what about electric or gasoline? How you power your air compressor is important. For most projects, electric will be a good choice. If you are working outside, a gasoline-powered air compressor is an option that can generate more power.
The amount of power generated in these machines is represented by horsepower (HP), determined by the amount of pressure created and therefore contained by the machine (measured in PSI). Cubic Feet per Minute measures the volume of air leaving the air compressor.
When choosing an air compressor for your business, you’ll want to be familiar with your power needs.
Knowing how to choose an air compressor is an important step for your business. Now that you have a handle on that, we can move onto less mechanical topics.
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