Top 5 FAQs about Air Compressors

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Buying an air compressor to suit your individual requirements and your budget can seem like an impossible task. To help ensure that you find the perfect compressor for your farm, mining or construction site, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to guide you through your purchase.

What type of air compressors are available?

There are many different types of air compressor on the market – these include piston air compressors, vane compressors and diesel screw air compressors. They are often categorised according to the level of pressure delivered, so you get low pressure air compressors, medium pressure air compressors and high pressure air compressors.

What size compressor do I need?

To make sure you’re buying a compressor that will satisfy your requirements without breaking the bank, you need to know what your tools’ force and volume requirements are. The best way to find this is to check your tools’ user manuals as these can differ depending on the type of tool and the manufacturer. Check the air compressors cfm to make sure it is sufficient for the tool or tools you will be using. If you will be using your air compressor for multiple tools, make sure you take the requirements of all of the tools into account when calculating the cfm you will need.

How do I choose an air tank?

When choosing an air tank, it pays to go big. Choosing a large tank that still fits into your budget will minimise motor strain and condensation which will result in your tank lasting longer.

What is the difference between stop-start and constant run?

A stop-start compressor has a pressure switch that turns the compressor on and off. A constant run compressor does not have this function and has a motor that is continuously running. The type of compressor you require will depend on its purpose so make sure you have a clear idea of your requirements before making a purchase.

Can I use a generator to run my compressor?

Although a generator is capable of running a compressor according to the power requirements, this is not recommended as the generator has fluctuations in power and compressors need constant voltage to run properly. An inconsistent power supply could cause damage to your compressor so it is recommended that you do not use a generator to power you compressor.

For more information and to discuss what options are best suited to your individual needs, contact Blue Diamond Machinery today by calling 1300 998 647. Their friendly team of experts will be able to help you find the right air compressor for your chosen application.