How to Choose the Right Compressor for Your DIY Projects (Part II)
Last time, we have discussed how important it is to choose the right compressor for your DIY projects. We talked about the differences of portable and stationary air compressor. We also asked you think about whether you’re going to need a gas-powered or an electrical-powered compressor.
By now you probably have already thought about those things, so we’d like to move on and talk about the other considerations that you have to make before you decide what compressor to get.
Tank Size is Important
The main function of an air compressor is to fill a tank with air, so the storage capacity of a compressor affects a tool’s efficiency. A compressor with a bigger tank doesn’t have to work so hard to meet CFM requirements, given that the machine has an even higher CFM threshold. In general, large tanks are the best options for tools that need to use ongoing air, while smaller tasks are perfect for tools that are just used intermittently.
Whether it’s a portable or a stationary air compressor that you need, there are different styles for you to choose from when it comes to tanks. Tanks are designed in different ways to meet varied requirements of usages. The design itself will not affect the tank’s performance, though. It’s more of a matter of application, floor space, compressor size, and sometimes, portability.
Portable air compressor tanks come in various designs. Some of the most popular designs include pancake compressors, pontoon compressors, twin-stack compressors, and wheelbarrow compressors.
Single-Stage Air Compressor vs. Two-Stage Air Compressor
A single-stage pump compresses the air straight to the tank, while a two-stage air compressor pumps the air twice in every stage before it reaches the final discharge pressure. The choice you’d make should be based on the CFM requirements of your usage.
If you live in a space where things are a little tightly-packed, you’ll probably be better off with a smaller compressor model like a pancake compressor which can be tucked away in a closet after you use it. Know, however, that the range of tools that can operate on a small compressor may be limited, so it won’t really be ideal if you’re going to use a machine for high-powered functions such as car repairs.
Oiled vs. Oil-Free
There are some compressors that need oil lubrications. Others do not. Those that need oil lubrication for their parts to move. Without oil, the joints will wear down. Oil-free compressors don’t need lubrication and are more compact and lightweight compared to oiled units. They are preferred in labs, hospitals, and other clean room operations.
If you are still thinking twice about investing in an air compressor, know that it’s not just about the air compressor per se, but also about the pneumatic tools that you will be able to use for you projects! Remember that tools that are powered by compressed air are amazing. Here are some of their benefits:
– Air tools can provide you with a range of speeds to choose from
– Air tools have longer life spans than electrical ones
– Air tools run at lower temperatures and do not heat up even with heavy usage
– Air tools offer torque control
– Air tools don’t generate electrical shocks
– Air tools do not release toxins
– Air tools have low physical impact
If you need to know more about air compressors and how they can make your life a whole lot easier, you can always contact C.E.D.Compressed Air!