Air Compressor Buying Guide – Start here

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So, you’re thinking about choosing an air compressor,but not sure where to start? The choices can be over whelming. We want to make it easier for you to choose

home-improvement-ideas-828x1024 the right compressor for your projects. Let us help remove the guess work.

First, you want to identify the projects you plan to do. You may already know that air compressors are great for inflating tires and sports balls, but they can be used for so much more. Did you know that you can use an air compressor to cock windows, install trim and molding, build and paint furniture, create a headboard, rotate tires, sharpen mower blades, restore old cars, and more!

Once you know your range of projects, you can determine what tools you will need to use. This makes it easier to choose the right compressor. Some air tools require more air power than other air tools perhaps you just want to inflate tires, rafts, and sports balls. In this case portable inflators are the perfect fit. Tire inflators deliver high pressure, making them ideal for inflating vehicle tires and sports balls. Raft inflators deliver a high volume of air so they are perfect for air mattresses and rafts.

Some inflators can be used for both tires and rafts so you just want to check the tire description. Inflators are powered by various power sources 120v 12v cordless rechargeable. fastening projects – small inflation and fastening compressor- typically 6 gallons or less they can run nail guns and staplers so you can staple chairs, install window and door trim, crown molding, build furniture and decks, repair roof shingles, and frame a room, a small air compressor can power other tools that do not require a lot of air such as caulk guns. If you want to tackle other home and auto jobs such as rotating tires, repairing lawn equipment and spray painting furniture, you will need a larger compressor.

Typically a compressor with 7 to 30 gallons is ideal for other home and auto maintenance projects. In this range, the specific size compressor you need depends on the tools you need to use some air tools require more air or SCFM Standard Cubic Feet per Minute you can find the SCFM rating on the tool and compressor packaging.

Them make sure the compressor delivers at least that much SCFM, so it can operate your tool. Certain tools such as sanders, grinders, and cutoff tools, tend to operate in continuous use and require a lot of air. Sanders typically needair-compressor-bg-tireguy 60 gallons or larger air compressor.

Next, consider how frequently you will use the compressor, if you plan to use it a few times each month for inflation, we recommend a small inflation and fastening compressor. If you want to operate air tools and inflate tires throughout the year we recommend a larger Home and auto maintenance compressor if you plan to use a compressor everyday such as a body shop environment you will need a 60 gallon or larger compressor.

Finally, you’ll want to figure out your power source. Most households are equipped with 15 Amp 120 Volt circuits if you want to run your compressor on your091030_air-compressor household circuit, you’ll need to check that the compressor operates on a 15amp 120v circuit.

Note: Most air compressors require a dedicated 15 amp circuit. You won’t be able to run your air compressor on the same 15 amp circuit as other tools and appliances at the same time. If you will be using your air compressor often you may want a dedicated 15 amp circuit. Larger air compressors need more power to operate.

Most compressors larger than 30 gallons operate on 240 volt single phase power. Two-stage compressors (10 HP and larger) operate on three-phase power only. If you do not have electrical power you will need a gas air compressor.  Hopefully, you feel more confident about choosing the right air compressor, remember to: consider your range of projects and tools determines how frequently you will use the compressor and choose your power source.