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How to Choose the Right Air Compressor

Choosing the right air compressor is a very important task to ensure your machine is up to the tasks in which it is required for. An undersized air compressor may start the job but it will either fail in use or fail to complete the job at hand.

The first task when choosing the right air compressor for you is the free air delivery (FAD). Firstly, decide on which air tools you require to use with the compressor, this air tool will have a CFM rating. The FAD of the chosen compressor must be equal to or higher than the CFM rating of the tool you require, it is a good note to check all air tools to be used with the air compressor.

The second thing to look at is the air receiver size. This is your air tank; this is where air supplied for powering the air tool is kept. It is a good idea to note that periods of sanding or spraying requires much more air than a short sharp blast of an air gun.

Other Compressor Tips;

  • When sanding or spraying ensure the compressor is as far away as possible to prolongue the life of your machine.
  • Piston compressors need periods of rest to cool down.
  • Air compressors should have a maximum of 10 starts per hour.
  • SIP air tool / compressor compatibility can be found on our sister site SIP UK