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How to Choose the Right Compressor for Your DIY Project (Part I)

An air compressor is an important tool in every DIY aficionado’s arsenal. A compressor can help you save time as it powers pneumatic tools that complete tasks that can take a while manually including hammering, nailing, spraying, and sanding in seconds.
In addition, when you have an air compressor to take care of what otherwise would be physically tiring tasks, it spares you from fatigue, soreness, and stress that can really take their toll on you after a day’s work. The use of an air compressor with the right pneumatic tools can help ensure that the work you’re doing will have the professional finish that you want it to have. That also means your project – the end product will most probably be fully functional for a really long time.
More and more people are now switching from manual and even electrically powered tools to enjoy the efficiency that pneumatic tools can deliver. This is something that is largely observed in various industries as well, including metalwork and woodwork, automotive repairs, and yes, even DIY crafts. Many are using them now to help them with their hobbies, while others benefit from them as they are utilized to support their sources of income.
Before you choose an air compressor, you should first do these things:
– Determine the environment where you’ll be using the compressor. Are you planning to use the air compressor and your tools outside? Do you have a stand-alone workshop or are you going to use your garage as well?
– Determine how much power is needed to run your operations. Are there power outlets within your reach when you work or are you running your equipment on fuel or batteries?
Portable vs Stationary Air Compressor
The first one is great if you think you won’t be working permanently in just one area. It means no matter where you are, if you’re going to need compressed air, you can. Larger and heavier stationary air compressors, on the other hand, may not be moved easily but they can provide greater sources of power compared to their portable counterparts.
Gas vs. Electric Powered Compressor
You should also determine the power source that you’d be using. There are two options to choose from when it comes to powering air compressors – gas engines and electrical motors.
With gas, you can use your air compressor in any setting, which is especially important when you need to work in an area for there is no access to electrical sources. Just take note that there will be an additional weight due to the gas engine. Electrical compressors are generally used indoors where the conditions are free from humidity or moisture.
There are other considerations to be made before you purchase an air compressor. We aim to cover those considerations on our next post! Remember that buying an air compressor is not something to rush into, so do come back and find out what else you need to know before you make a purchase.

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