What compressor do I need?

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There is a lot of confusion when we refer to the issue of selecting a suitable air compressor to operate your air tools. Basically, there are several factors to consider when choosing the right air compressor for your home, workshop or industry. First of all, we have to be able to answer the following questions, prior to purchasing your air compressor:

What will the air be used for? 

The type of work that is being done is probably the most important factor when selecting a compressor. Currently, there are compressors dedicated only for a specific task, as it is in the case of the airbrush that there are compressors designed only for the operation of an airbrush.

Where is the compressor going to be placed? 

We have to take into account where our compressor will be placed, which we summarize in two possibilities. The first is indoors, in a heated environment to prevent the lines from condensing, while providing sufficient ventilation to cool the compressor, where there may be high temperatures. The second is exposed where it should be provided protection against the weather and revisions for cold weather start-up.

How much is PSI pressure (pounds / inch2) needed?

The discharge pressure of the PSI compressor must exceed the requirement of pounds / inches2 of all pneumatic tools or the equipment being operated. Commonly, most pneumatic tools require about 90 PSI to function properly. However, you may need to work with a higher pressure compressor. Most of the air compressors that you find in your local giant retailer are single-stage (one stage) and they turn off between 100 and 125 PSI. Do not fool yourself, you may think that all you need is 90 PSI, so you decide to work with a margin just to your needs but generally, these compressors turn off at 110 PSI and the consumer forgets that he must also take Consider the loss of pressure in the line. So with a one-stage compressor, you will work with limited air for an impact wrench. It may be that this compressor is ideal for a home use but not for work with pneumatic tools. Most industrial compressors are the double stage, which means that the compressor increases the pressure in two stages. The structures of the first stage generate a pressure of 90 PSI and the structures of the second stage increase it to 175 PSI which allows it to have a high pressure to feed its pneumatic tool, with a previously installed maintenance unit which means that the compressor increases the pressure in two stages. The structures of the first stage generate a pressure of 90 PSI and the structures of the second stage increase it to 175 PSI which allows it to have a high pressure to feed its pneumatic tool, with a previously installed maintenance unit which means that the compressor increases the pressure in two stages. The structures of the first stage generates a pressure of 90 PSI and the structures of the second stage increases it to 175 PSI which allows it to have a high pressure to feed its pneumatic tool, with a previously installed maintenance unit

How much air flow is needed? 

The PCM (cubic feet per minute) is the measure of the air flow that the compressor can create. PCMs can be determined in two different ways; the displacement of the piston (DP) or the cubic feet per real minute (PCMR). Always keep in mind the PCMRs, since they reflect the amount of usable compressed air.

How much horsepower is required?

The horsepower is directly proportional to the specification of the compressor PCM. The greater the horsepower, the more air (PCM) the compressor can supply. Do not rely solely on horsepower when specifying or selecting an air compressor as unfortunately most people assume that the higher the horsepower (HP), the better the air compressor. However, all horsepower grades were not made equal and can easily be falsified. What do I mean, you go to your local giant retailer (supermarkets, hardware stores, etc.) to select an air compressor to work with an impact wrench and find a unit marked as 5 HP at a really cheap price. Why is this compressor marked as 5 HP much cheaper than other compressors? Is the compressor really 5HP? Let me explain. Verify how much electricity the equipment works with. It probably needs around 15 amps of a normal circuit of 110 volts. So to this degree, you are objectively facing a 2 HP compressor. Really to produce 5 true HP, you need at least 24 amps from the 220 volt circuit. So with this difference in the equipment brands that are in these stores can reduce the costs for the sale of these products. I’m not saying that every air compressor you find in these stores is junk, but that compressor is not appropriate for the jobs you need. Verify how much electricity the equipment works with. It probably needs around 15 amps of a normal circuit of 110 volts. So to this degree, you are objectively facing a 2 HP compressor. Really to produce 5 true HP, you need at least 24 amps from the 220 volt circuit. So with this difference in the equipment brands that are in these stores can reduce the costs for the sale of these products. I’m not saying that every air compressor you find in these stores is junk, but that compressor is not appropriate for the jobs you need. Verify how much electricity the equipment works with. It probably needs around 15 amps of a normal circuit of 110 volts. So to this degree, you are objectively facing a 2 HP compressor. Really to produce 5 true HP, you need at least 24 amps from the 220 volt circuit. So with this difference in the equipment brands that are in these stores can reduce the costs for the sale of these products. I’m not saying that every air compressor you find in these stores is junk, but that compressor is not appropriate for the jobs you need. Really to produce 5 true HP, you need at least 24 amps from the 220 volt circuit. So with this difference in the equipment brands that are in these stores can reduce the costs for the sale of these products. I’m not saying that every air compressor you find in these stores is junk, but that compressor is not appropriate for the jobs you need. Really to produce 5 true HP, you need at least 24 amps from the 220 volt circuit. So with this difference in the equipment brands that are in these stores can reduce the costs for the sale of these products. I’m not saying that every air compressor you find in these stores is junk, but that compressor is not appropriate for the jobs you need.

What type and size of tank do you need? 

The tank provides an air reserve to meet peak flow and pressure demands. The greater the receiver, the greater the available reserve. The tanks are available in vertical and horizontal design. The configuration depends on the floor space available. Do not confuse a large tank with more work time for your air tools. For example, if you use your 1 “impact (about 20 CFM), a large tank is fine. However, if you need continuous use of your tool, you will need a small tank with a motor and a large head. Sometimes people invest more money thinking that buying a compressor with a larger tank will work better when the purchase is not necessary.

What are the electricity requirements? 

Identify the electrical input service before specifying an air compressor. Always obtain the services of a qualified electrician to review the electricity requirements. If you do not work with an electric compressor, there is the option of a compressor with an internal combustion engine.

You should be able to select the air compressor with this information.

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