Who Uses Mini Air Compressors and Why?

picture of a mini air compressorThe idea of what precisely constitutes a “mini” air compressor is open to interpretation; the term does not have a defined meaning when it comes to air compressors. It is fair to say that most air compressors meeting this standard are small, portable, use a small power supply, and are not designed for constant or serious industrial usage. Based on these characteristics, mini air compressors may range from the tiny ones designed to operate air brush machines, to the larger household models used to top of car tires and fill other inflatable items around the house. Some people consider the larger air compressors used in small offices and workshops as mini as well, but this does not meet the portability requirement above. Read the rest of this entry »

What is The Difference Between Commercial Air Compressors and Others?

Commercial Air CompressorAnyone that has spent time shopping around their local hardware store for air compressors will know that there is plainly a significant difference between commercial air compressors and others. Home air compressors may have the same psi level and the like, but they cost a lot less. Why is that and what is the difference?

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What to Look For When Trying to Find a Quiet Air Compressor

quiet air compressorAir compressors, and the pneumatic tools driven by them, are well known for being loud and obnoxious machines; from the machine at your local garage to the one you use to top up your tire pressure. However, there are many instances when air compression is needed, but loud and obnoxious noise is not. For example, air compressors for use in professional offices, in small attached workshops, or at home may need to be much quieter than the one at your mechanic’s shop. Not surprisingly, this means there are many different types of air compressors designed specifically to reduce the noise. In general, there are specific characteristics you can look for when searching for a quiet air compressor. Read the rest of this entry »

Are There Advantages to Reciprocating Air Compressors?

Reciprocating Air CompressorReciprocating air compressors are the old work horses of industrial strength air compression, being popular since the early 1900s in industrial applications and remain the most common type of compressors for intermittent use, like the type of air compressor used in mechanic’s shops and the like. As such they have a well deserved reputation as dependable they still offer a number of advantages over the rotary screw compressors that have taken over a lot of the jobs that were once exclusively the domain of reciprocating air compressors.

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Rotary Air Compressors: The Advantages of Rotary Vane Compressors

Picture of a rotary vane air compressorThere are basically two types of rotary air compressors readily available on the market today: rotary screw compressors and rotary vane compressors. Rotary vane technology has been available for about fifty years and represents a proven technology that offers a number of advantages over alternative types of air compressors, including the more common rotary screw compressors.

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Things to Keep in Mind Before You Buy Air Compressors

Picture fo a dewalt air compressorBesides a few very small and inexpensive units meant to inflate swimming toys or bicycle tires, most air compressors are serious durable machines that represent a meaningful investment. This means that it is worth taking the time to ensure that you are both getting your money’s worth and getting a reasonable bargain. Though large industrial air compressors remain very expensive, most people today that buy air compressors are buying smaller units for use in private homes, offices, or small work shops. This direct customer retail market is fairly new and is extremely competitive, so if you are willing to shop around it is very likely that you may come across and excellent bargain now and then. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Find The Right Home Air Compressors

Picture of a portable air compressorHome air compressors have steadily become more and more popular over the last decade and are likely to continue doing so. Do-It-Yourselfers (DIYers) find pneumatic (air powered) tools like nail guns and paint sprayers extremely helpful. Others use them to top up their car tires, for household cleaning purposes, for yard maintenance, and just to blow up their children’s inflatable toys. People that have their own swimming pools also consider them very helpful for maintaining the pool.

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How to Find The Right High Pressure Air Compressor

picture fo a high pressure air compressorToday one can find an absolutely staggering array of air compressors on the open market, from massive industrial units to tiny little hand held compressors that are only really good for operating airbrushes. With so many choices available, how do you figure out which high pressure air compressor is right for you?
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Who Needs an Oil Free Air Compressor?

picture of a oil free air compressorMany air compressors on the market today are designed to operate with oil, which helps prevent air from escaping, helps to clean foreign particulate matter from the air and otherwise tends to help most modern air compressors work better. When the air/oil mixture is expelled from the compressor, it goes into a separator unit that is designed to separate the air from the oil. The air continues on to the output valve or hose, while the oil is filtered and then recycled back through the air compressor. The problem is that there are no separator units on the market today that have the ability to completely separate all of the oil from the air. Therefore, without exception, all air compressors that use oil end up expelling at least a little bit of it with the compressed air that it generates. Read the rest of this entry »

How a Rotary Screw Air Compressor Works

Picture of a Rotary Screw Air CompressorThere are many types of air compressors on the market today, many of which are specifically designed for special purposes, but others that are appropriate to a wide range of application. However, today the rotary screw air compressor is the most popular type on the market and the most widely used across various industries and applications. Although the rotary screw air compressor comes in many different forms, the most popular by far is the dual-screw compressor, which uses two screws as opposed to single screw or multi screw options. Read the rest of this entry »