Air tools can be incredibly handy for many different jobs and are a popular choice among many businesses.

Some advantages of using air tools include:

  • Time and labour saving along with a longer life span compared to electric tools
  • Low operator fatigue due to higher ratio of power to weight; they also offer variable speed and rotation control
  • Less heat output when in operation
  • No risk of fire or electric hazards; if accidental leaks occur, there are no contaminants released either

In order to use air tools, you will need an air compressor to run them, but choosing the right one can seem daunting with the overwhelming range of options. Here are a few things you need to consider when it comes to picking the best air compressor for you.

Considerations When Choosing an Air Compressor for Air Tools

How Often Will You Use Your Air Tools?

If you run a professional workshop you need to establish how often you will use your air tools when it comes to choosing the size of the air compressor tank.

Tank sizes can range from 6 litres to 500+ litres so there is a wide range to choose from. The general rule of thumb, if you are going to use air tools continuously then a larger tank would be better equipped. Stationary compressors are bigger in size which means that the volume of air that is stored is greater and they offer more power.

If you are only going to be using them intermittently then a smaller tank would be better suited. Portable compressors are a good option for you if you are only doing small occasional jobs here and there, as they offer the flexibility to have compressed air anywhere.

What CFM and PSI Requirements Do Your Air Tools Have?

Air compressors are measured by CFM (cubic feet per minute) and PSI (pounds per square inch) and you should use these specifications when it comes to choosing the right one for you. You will find your air tools CFM and PSI requirements in the manual or technical specification; intermittent tools may require specific PSI in order to perform efficiently.

If you will only use one tool at a time, look at the one with the highest requirements and choose an air compressor with an output that is at least 25% greater than this. If you will use multiple tools at the same time, combine the requirements and choose an air compressor with an output that is at least 25% greater than this number.

By doing this, you will ensure that your compressor will never be under-powered, and the performance of your tools will be efficient.

How Will You Power Your Air Compressor for Your Air Tools?

Air compressors are powered either by gas or electric. If your workspace is inside where there are available electricity ports, then an electric air compressor will be perfect for you. However, if you are working outside with no electric power source readily available, then a gas air compressor would be better suited.

Expert Air Compressor Advice from Air Power East

Overall, there is no universal answer to which air compressor is best suited to air tools; each tool needs an air compressor that is suited specifically to their needs and requirements. If you are still struggling to find the best one for you, our in-house experts can help you further. Contact us today for more advice and information to help you find the perfect air compressor for you.

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