Portable Air Compressors
Portable air compressors are machines that use air as an energy source for both small electrical tasks as well as filling deflated vehicle tires with air to put them on the road again. Compressors are also used for a variety of off-the-road tasks such as inflating balls, inflating mattresses, beach toys, and sports equipment. Portable compressors are run by electric, diesel, and gasoline engines and are easy to carry around with you. If you have small jobs around the house or perform small tasks for others, portable compressors are an excellent idea. Choosing a portable compressor is a matter of deciding what you expect in a compressor, the price, and how advanced or classic of a model you want.
The first step in choosing a portable compressor is to know the task you plan to perform (whether large or small) and the amount of cubic feet per minute (CFM) you need as power for your task. For small tasks, you can select a compressor with 5CFM; large tasks require 10 CFM. All air tools have a CFM rating that you can view to decide whether the compressor is proper for your work or not. Be sure to check out the CFM rating before you buy. You may end up buying a compressor that has too little power if you are not careful. On the other hand, if you buy a compressor that has too much power, you could injure yourself or put others at risk.
The next step in choosing a portable compressor consists of using either a gas engine or electric engine. Gas engines tend to remain faithful over time, whereas electric engines reduce the spread of fumes and the inhalation of smoke into the human body. After selecting the engine of your air compressor, you must select the compressor (large or small) that fits your task. Small tasks such as wrenches and air hammers require a small compressor, while tasks such as grinders and sanders require large compressors.
Pump type is another consideration when choosing your air compressor. There are two types of pumps: 1) belt-drive and 2) direct drive. Belt-drive pumps require the use of belts to cool air compressors and are used for more frequent jobs. Direct drive pumps made for those who have occasional tasks. The invector type is another type of pump used in air compressors and is designed for novices in compressor technology. It is best to choose which type of pump you will need for each task the compressor is used in. If you purchase a belt-drive pump, you will need to give it an oil change from time to time.
In case you need some help deciding which compressors to purchase, here is a wise set of rules to follow: first, purchase a small, electric air compressor for small jobs. The small, electric compressors are also known as 12 volt portable air compressors. Twelve-volt air compressors serve for home tasks as well as portable tire inflators. If you ever get stranded along the side of the road, make sure you have your twelve-volt compressor with you. If you accidentally hit a sink hole on the road during an afternoon rain, and find yourself at a gas station, be sure to have your twelve-volt inflator handy. 12 volt air compressors are not only useful for inflation activities (to fill inflatable items with air), but can also be attached to a 12 volt cigarette lighter in most vehicles. These portable air pumps can place air into anything that needs it: balloons, bicycle tires, car tires, beach supplies, or inflatable equipment for a fun family day at your business office.
You can find 12-volt compressions, portable inflators, and air pumps at your local Home Depot. Home Depot has a selection of 176 portable air compressors for your convenience, with brand names such as DeWalt, Husky, Makita, Grip-Rite, Senco, Bosch, Campbell Hausfeld, California Air Tools, Rockford, Speedway, Industrial Air, Powermate, Hulk Power, MaxAir, and Hitachi. The price range of air compressors offered by Home Depot runs from $99-$2900. There are a few compressors that cost $100-$200, but the majority of brand names will run you anywhere from $200-$400.
Portable air compressors reviews abound for consumer reading. Chris, a customer who purchased a Husky Pro air compressor, wants people to use the oil as directed in the manual when starting their air compressor. The pressure gauges are small and hard to read, not to mention cheap. He decided to replace them. As for the brass tank drain valve, he replaced it with hex nut that could be opened by use of a wrench. This was a necessary change to the compressor because the old drain valve made it hard to open when down on your knees near the equipment. Another customer recommends Mobile 10w30 or 5w30 when using the Husky compressor. There were at least other three reviews that complained about some type of clanking or knocking noise when the compressor is turned on and builds up pressure. One customer attributes the clanking noise of the pressure building to the cheap new price on Husky Pro compressors. The 2010 models are probably as reliable as the reviews say they are, but the new Husky Pro is not built as sturdy nor as fine as the 2010 models. The cheap equipment used is the reason for the faulty new models. The Husky Pro model is an example of a compressor you may not want to purchase, whether from Home Depot or elsewhere.
Portable compressors come in a variety of sizes and brands, with a variety of engines, used for a variety of purposes. The numerous brand-name compressors make it hard to choose one that you want. However, if you consider the above factors such as time, size of task, and the power of the task, you should be able to eliminate the variety of portable air compressors down to just a few that will work best for you.