An air compressor is one of those, “I don’t know what I ever did without it” tools that’s indispensible for life out here. You name the project and an air compressor can probably help you do it faster and better.
Painting, pressure washing, painting, nailing, sandblasting, tire inflation and sanding are just some of the ways your air compressor will come in handy.
When it’s time to buy an air compressor, we recommend considering the following attributes.
Tank size – Air compressor tank capacities are most often stated in gallons. Our rule of thumb is if you are planning on tackling large projects (such as painting a house, barn or fence) opt for a large tank size. Conversely, if you are planning on buying the compressor for keeping tires inflated and doing other small projects, you can get by with a smaller size.
Electric or gas powered – If you’re buying your compressor for use in a workshop or barn, an electric powered model is a great choice because it won’t discharge fumes into your workspace. If you plan on using your compressor for multiple jobs in multiple locations, you can’t beat the portability of a gas powered compressor.
Oil-free or Oil-lubricated – Oil free compressors are generally lighter and more compact than compressors and require less maintenance than their oil-lubricated counterparts, which are built for repeatedly handing large jobs.
Capability – While PSI (pounds per inch) and HP (horsepower) specifications provide baseline indications of the capabilities of air compressors, we find CFM (cubic feet per minute) a more important measurement to consider. This is because the tools you operate will have specific CFM needs. If your air compressor doesn’t have enough oomph to power your tools, you’ll be disappointed. We recommend looking at the tools that will require the most CFM from your compressor, then trading up to the next powerful model. For example, if the tool requires 3 CFM, you’ll want to consider purchasing a compressor with at least 4 CFM capability.
As always, if you have any questions about which air compressor to buy, our Team Members can help you make the right call. Just ask!