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Air Compressors

Air Compressors are expertly designed tools that can convert one form of energy into a more useful form of energy to power various tools. This energy is also then stored for use later, depending on the needs of the operator.

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Air Compressors

Technically speaking, air compressors are cleverly designed machines that can convert one form of energy into a more useful form of energy to power various tools. This energy is also then stored for use later, depending on the needs of the operator.

There are several benefits to opting to use air compressors. Firstly, the air tools that they are used to power are more reliable and easier to operate than other varieties of tools such as electric. The main reason for this is that air tools contain fewer moving parts and so there is less that can break over time. This also results in them being lighter in weight, which in turn makes them easier to handle and operate.

Secondly, using mini portable air compressors means that you can keep your car tyres in check from the comfort of your own home. There will no longer be a need to wait patiently to top up at the garage as you will be able to use the air compressor to do the job at home and save you time. Finally, air compressors allow you to power air tools, which are much more economical than their electric mains-run counterparts. But don’t let this fool you. Despite using less energy, air tools can generate more power meaning that you will be able to complete more intense work, such as loosing or tightening bolts on car wheels without large running costs.

Air compressors can be used in several ways. The most obvious of these is to provide power to air tools, which can be used for a range of tasks, both big and small. They can also be used for smaller tasks including car maintenance, flushing out water in ponds and pools, blowing away debris in any woodwork or craft projects you are working on, and finally, removing paint coatings and rust quickly with the aid of a sandblaster.

Key Features

Additional features of an air compressor include:

  • roll cage protects the important parts of the compressor and makes it near impossible to knock over accidently
  • thermal overload protection is a safety feature to shut down the compressor if it overheats to prevent damage to the compressor itself and the surroundings
  • pressure switch which shuts the compressor down once it has reached the desired pressure, and will turn it back on again once this drops
  • air filters to capture unwanted particles from the air to avoid them contaminating the compressor
  • drain valves to remove excess moisture to avoid damage to the air compressor
  • portability, some air compressors come with a handle which will be key here

Types of Air Compressor

There are different types of air compressors. These are based around three different elements that effect their performance levels. This includes the cubic feet per minute (cfm), the pounds per square inch (psi) and horsepower. Generally, the higher the number the greater the performance, but this is not always the case so worth researching each option individually when looking to buy.