April, 2016

Top 5 Tips On Choosing The Best Air Compressor

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Air compressors have been around for many years, and they have evolved into reliable pieces of equipment. The increased popularity of these machines can be attributed to the fact that they are safe, convenient, clean, and flexible. While it’s true that air compressors come in different sizes and types, almost all of these equipment are indispensable in the applications they serve.

So, you have decided to invest in air compressors. Great! Here are some of the tips on choosing the best portable air compressor:

  1. Put more emphasis on CFM

CFM (cubic feet per minute) describes how fast an air compressor can supply air. Apparently, it is the most crucial number to put into consideration. You definitely do not anticipate a situation where a compressor can hardly supply enough air and you have to stop working as you wait the compressor to catch up. Fortunately, you can easily counter this limitation by putting more emphasis on cfm when purchasing an air compressor—it is the only assurance that the compressor will supply enough air, but you need to carry out accurate tests.

  1. Go for the perfect tank

Most of the compressors that we opt for have tanks that range from 1 to 6 gallons. Compared to a small tank, a large tank will hold more air and will allow you to use this air before the pressure drops. While a large tank can help you avoid putting work on hold as the compressor refills the tank, it is not a substitute to adequate cfm. Come to think of it, if your work calls for a lot of air volume, will the tank size matter? Of course it won’t! You need adequate cfm, period.

  1. Consider noise factor

Most of the compressors that we use range from sixty to eighty-seven decibels. This may not bring out a huge difference to you, but it is important. If you thought that the decibel scale is just like any other scale, then you are wrong. In point of fact, an increase by ten decibels can double the amount of noise. For instance, a machine rated at seventy decibels is twice as loud as a machine rated at sixty decibels. Similarly, an eighty decibels machine will produce four times louder noise than the one rated at sixty decibels. No matter how small a reduction in decibels is, it goes a long way in making a machine pleasant to operate.

  1. Factor in shape and weight

Most people factor in weight when purchasing an air compressor, but forget about the shape. This is not right! When you are buying an air compressor, you’ll want to get something that you are comfortable with. Come to think about it, what if you can get a light and slim unit? Good news—it shall be! However light an air compressor is, if it is wide, then you haven’t solved anything. The point is, factor in both weight and shape when purchasing an air compressor.

  1. Go for an oil-free machine

Almost all of the air compressors we have now are oil-less. This means that you won’t have to worry about checking or changing oil on a regular basis. Although the oil-less compressors may wear out faster than their oil-lubricated counterparts, this should not be an issue with the normal DIY use.

To wrap it up, if you are thinking of investing in an air compressor, the above are some of the tips that you need to know. You can never go wrong if you use these tips.

 

 

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