If you????????re a contractor or simply remodeling your home, chances are you????????re going to need an air compressor. Air compressors use compressed air to power pneumatic tools ???????? things like your nail guns, staplers, paint sprayers and so on. Air compressors are also great to have around the house for inflating tires doing simple DIY projects.
Good quality air compressors will run you a few hundred dollars. While this may seem steep for forced air, it will be a life saver when you don????????t have to individually nail your home together or pump your tire back up.
If you are looking at buying an air compressor, you need to know what size to get. The first step to doing this is to figure out what tools you will be using. If you????????re using a nail gun or staple gun, you need at least 100 pounds per square inch (PSI). However, this may vary based on the make and model you buy. Be sure to check the manual to figure out the exact PSI needed to power your tools.
After you know the minimum PSI you need, you????????ll need to check out the cubic feet per minute (CFM) rating. CFM is a measurement of air volume over time.
When looking at buying a compressor, make sure it meets the maximum CFM of your tool. To find out the CFM rating, look in the owner????????s manual for that specific tool. If you will be using your tools often or using multiple tools at once, you may need to increase the CFM requirement.
If one tool needs a higher CFM than the other, go with the higher compressor. If you know you will be using two tools at once, get a compressor with a CFM of at least the sum of the two tools.
Once you????????ve determined the size of the compressor, determine the size of the tank. The bigger the tank, the more forced air you will have available to you. However, if you are only using the compressor for smaller applications, such as a nail gun, then a big tank will be unnecessary and bulky.
The best way to know what size of compressor to buy is to look at your tools. Your tools will tell you everything you need to know, but if you????????re still unsure then look into getting a Makita MAC2400. This compressor is pretty standard for professional use, but will power any tools you need at home as well.
When buying a compressor, cheaper may not be best. Remember to invest in a compressor with a long life span to make your projects much easier.