Air compressors are versatile machines that perform a great number of tasks for workers that use pneumatic tools. They produce more torque and last longer because they have fewer moving parts. They can powerful and useful tools for any factory or office to have available.
But knowing what kind of compressed air distribution system to get can be tricky. Some units have a great deal more power and features than others, but you might not need these for your specific instance. Also, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) believes that over 50% of systems can have low-cost energy opportunities, so knowing which options suit your budget can help.
To help you pick the best system for you, we've put together three helpful sets of information for your air compression system buying guide.
Air Compressor Grades
Compressors come in various grades based on capacity and applications/needs. Consumer grade compressors that are used for the house, a small garage, or a workshop can handle low pressures, mostly a single tool at a time. Contractor grade systems will be able to handle things like nail guns or roadside repair tools and more powerful than consumer grade compressors.
Commercial grade compressors are powerful, heavy duty, and have far more detailed features. They can handle multiple tools at once and can perform at higher pressures for a continuous use. They're used in applications like factories, oil rigs, and ship yards.
Type Of Compressor
There are two types of compressors on the market: single-stage and two-stage. The single-stage air compressors are low capacity and can be moved manually. They're good for things like air brushing or for use in small shops and homes. They also have a small storage tank and have generally varying capacities.
The two-stage systems are meant for garages and factories and provide enough power to run several tools. These systems compress air twice and can have storage tanks that hold 200 gallons or more. Essentially, they hold a lot of compressed air. They generally have stronger compressed air piping materials to handle their power.
The Power Source
There are three power sources for compressed air systems: electric, petrol, and diesel. Each has their own benefits and their own drawbacks.
Electric: Electric systems are quieter, more common, and can be used in every location that has power and poor ventilation. However, they tend to use less power and need a 400V or a three phase supply transformer. They aren't suited for portable use because of this.
Petrol: A petrol air compressor system is lighter and quieter, as well as less expensive, than its diesel counterpart. It also gives more control over the engine. They don't give a similar torque or power, however, and have higher operating costs.
Diesel: These are movable, work in adverse weather, and are powerful and heavy duty. They cost more initially, but they cost less in terms of fuel and maintenance. They are, however, very loud and need good ventilation because of their exhaust fumes.
There are other features to finding a good air compressor system for your shop or home, and we encourage you to reach out and contact us about them. We also hope that this guide proves helpful to you in searching for the system that's right for you.