Buying a decent compressor for domestic use needs to be one that is suited to your needs and will best save you time and money. All you need to do is to understand a few key concepts. This guide will help you to understand compressors and lists the best quality compressors most suited for domestic use.
In order to choose the right compressor, check out these few factors to consider:
- The recommended operating pressure of your tools
- The total air consumption of the tools that you want the power to be connected simultaneously with the compressor
- How you are using the air tools and are they running continuity or rather intermittently
- Where are you using the tools does the compressor need to be portable and do you have electricity available at the site?
Tool Air Consumption
A compressor needs to supply plenty of airflows situated at the right pressure for the air tool to function properly. The air tools that you are wanting to use will need to be considered when you are choosing your compressor.
Air tools will have a specification for the air consumption when if most often measured in litres per min or sometimes cubic feet per minute. They will also have an operating pressure that is measured in either bars or pounds per square inch. If an air saw has an air consumption of 170 l/min and requires a pressure of 90 psi to function correctly then you may need to consult your book or manufacturer that will determine the right air requirements for a certain tool.
Compressor – Free Air Delivery (FAD)
Your air compressor will need to produce enough air to meet the requirements of the tools that it has connected to it. The volume of an air compressor is called free air delivery this is also measured in litres per minute or even cfm. If your air saw has an air consumption of 170l/min then the FAD rating needs to be at least 170l/min.
If you intend to operate multiple tools at the same time then it is important to add up the air consumption values of the tools and go by the FAD rating that meets with the air demands. If you want to run an air saw simultaneously at 170l/min then and air ratchet sitting at 113l/min then you need a compressor that has a FAD of 283l/min which is the two added together.
Air Pressure & Quality
An air compressor will need to deliver air at for tools at a certain operational pressure. If the tool requires a 12 bar in order to operate then you need a certain compressor that is able to pressurize air to a 12 bar.
Excessive high pressure will damage the tools that cannot handle it.
Different compressors can produce air at different qualities. Dust, oil and moisture particles can be present within the airflow unless they happen to be filtered out. If your tools require clean air then you need to consider a compressor that has moisture and particles filters installed. The pumps that are oil-less which get rid of the risk of the oil entering into the airflow.
These few models listed below are the best for creating quality air and are well suited for domestic work.
· Makita MAC2400 Big Bore 2.5 HP
· Bostitch BTFP02012 Oil-Free
· California Air Tools CAT-1P1060S
· PORTER-CABLE C2002-WK
· DEWALT DWFP55126 Pancake Compressor