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What You Should Look for in a Compressor Before Buying

Air compressors are used at about 70% of all manufacturers, whether it’s for powering up their machine tools, spray painting, material handling, separation equipment, and more. One of the reasons it is preferred by many is the convenience and safety of using air instead of electricity as a resource.


An air compressor can work at very high temperatures and in specific locations where fire hazards and explosions restrict the use of other forms of energy. Air can, of course, be generated on site, so there’s always more control over the quality of air and its usage.


Air compressors run equipment and tools that generate more power compared to normal tools. When pneumatic tools are involved, air compressors are a vital part of your operation.


Among the most popular compressors are the positive displacement ones which run by filling a chamber with air and reducing volume. Positive displacement compressors include rotary screw, rotary vane, and reciprocating compressors. Reciprocating compressors are among the most available units on the market, rotary compressors are considered the most useful in industrial environments.


Air compressors are undeniably a substantial investment, especially for business owners. That is why the whole process of buying one needs consideration of a lot of factors.


What can help you determine the right kind of compressor requires a clear understanding of what your business needs. These considerations should help you in choosing the right compressor system:


  1. Select the right size. If you buy a compressor that’s too small, you can waste time while waiting for pressure to build up. On the other hand, choosing a compressor that’s too big is a waste of your resources.
  2. Choose one that can give you enough airflow. Cubic feet per minute is the measurement used for air compressor’s airflow. The CFM output should be bigger than the operational CFM requirement but less than the maximum CFM output.
  3. Be aware of your work environment. You should understand it to help you determine whether the drive system should be a gasoline or an electric motor engine. Electric motors are cheaper and need less maintenance. Gasoline engines are more portable.
  4. Determine the compressor tank size. This will depend on the nature of your usage. A small talk is enough for quick and short bursts of usage. Longer periods of use needs a larger tank.
  5. Know your tools. If you know the tools you need for your business, it will determine how many psi is required of the compressor.
  6. Find out how much horsepower is needed. This will help you ensure that your compressor can produce sufficient air.
  7. Look at your long-term goals. Try to forecast the demand in the future. Are you looking forward to getting more technicians or increasing productions? If so, a bigger unit may be needed.
  8. Look past the initial cost and think hard about the overall cost and the life expectancy for the unit. Some may be more expensive than the other, but if they are from more reputable companies and are known to last longer, they are the better choice.


These are just some of the things you should consider when buying air compressors. For details, give us a call know and we can discuss your best options with you!

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