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Published on February 22, 2014

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How to choose the best air compressor Best air compressors can be used for a range of applications, both professionally and for personal hobbies. There are different types and specifications and the model you choose will depend on the specific usage requirements. It’s important to choose the right compressor for the job, as this can have an impact on the capabilities and power usage. What to consider There are a number of areas you should think about when you’re choosing a compressor. Firstly it’s important to consider the intended use of the compressor and whether it will be needed regularly or infrequently, continuously or intermittently. You should also think about if it will be used with any other tools or equipment, as then it will need to be compatible. There is a choice of portable or stationary units, depending on how often they will need to be moved. You should also look at how many people will require access to the compressor; is it just for one person or will a team of employees need to make use of it? Size of the compressor The answers to these questions will help you to establish the size of compressor you require. When choosing the best air compressor you need to select one that has the appropriate capabilities for the work you’re doing. With the size of a compressor, it’s vital that you look at how many cubic feet per minute (cfm) the unit provides. This will dictate the number of tools that can be run from the model at any one time and the level of power that will be provided. You need to check on your tools to see what the minimum requirements are, as well as the maximum level it can handle. It’s best to choose which air compressor is best that suits the requirements of the most powerful tool. This will enable all your equipment and tools to be operated efficiently at all times. The psi rating The psi rating of the compressor is also an important element. This indicates the level of air storage in the unit. A single-stage unit uses one stroke to compress the air and the maximum rating is usually about 135psi. A two-stage air compressor will take two strokes and has a maximum rating of around 175psi. Those units with a higher rating will provide greater storage capabilities. This is because the air is compressed at a higher pressure and so it will use less space within the tank. If you choose the right air compressor in the first place, you can save yourself a substantial amount of time and money. It will allow you to complete your work more quickly and more efficiently, as the compressor will be suited to the required application.

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