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It goes without saying that oil is incredibly important for our air compressor, along with making sure that we choose the right one for them. Obviously, oil-less air compressors do not require oil, but others will do, especially those that have high duty cycles.

Air compressor oil is described as an essential lubricant to prevent your air compressor from premature wear and tear. There are different types of oil available which vary in terms of its viscosity and included additives, this is why we have written this blog article to help you choose the right one for you.

Standard Vs. Synthetic Air Compressor Oil

There are two main types of air compressor oil which are standard and synthetic. The difference between the two are their bases; standard is mineral-based, and synthetic has a refined synthetic base.

Is Standard or Synthetic Oil Better?

Both oils are suitable for air compressors but in order to choose the best one for you, it isn’t about the machine itself, you need to consider the type and amount of work you will use your compressed air system for.

  • Light to Medium Duty Cycles: Standard will be better if you won’t be using often as it is the more cost-effective choice.
  • Regular to Heavy Duty Cycles: Synthetic will be better if you will be using your air compressor more than 3 times a week as it protects against overheating whilst allowing your machine to run quieter and smoother.

What Happens If I Choose the Wrong Oil?

If you choose the wrong oil for your air compressor use, you can severely damage your equipment due to insufficient lubrication, therefore shortening its lifespan. Bearing, oil pumps, and other moving parts will not work properly, consequently causing increased internal pressure and energy consumption.

Expert Advice from Air Power East

Every air compressor and its application, along with the equipment and environment is different from user to user. This is why if you are unsure of which air compressor oil you should use, it is always best to ask the equipment manufacturer or experts like us.

Contact us today and we would be more than happy to offer advice and guidance tailored to you.

Choosing the Right Oil for Your Air Compressor

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