Air Compressors Frequently Asked Questions

Air Compressors Frequently Asked Questions

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What are some benefits of air compressors?

VERSATILITY: Air compressors power tools and equipment, from pneumatic wrenches to spray guns, making them useful for many tasks.

EFFICIENCY: Compressed air can be more efficient than other power sources, as it requires less energy and can often complete tasks more quickly.

PRECISION: Air compressors can deliver a consistent, precise flow of air, making them useful for tasks that require accuracy, such as painting or sandblasting.

DURABILITY: Durable air compressors require minimal maintenance and deliver lasting reliability. 

What are the different types of air compressors?

PANCAKE COMPRESSORS: These small and portable compressors are ideal for powering lightweight tools such as brad nailers, staplers, and airbrushes.

One popular option is the V20* 2.5 Gallon Brushless Cordless Air Compressor (Tool Only)CRAFTSMAN COMPRESSOR

HOT DOG COMPRESSORS: Similar to pancake compressors, hot dog compressors have a long, narrow tank and used for powering tools such as framing and roofing nailers.

TWIN-STACK COMPRESSORS: These compressors have two tanks stacked atop each other, allowing them to hold more air and run longer. Twin-stack compressors power impact wrenches, sanders, and spray guns.

WHEELBARROW COMPRESSORS: Larger and more powerful than pancake and hot dog compressors, wheelbarrow compressors are suitable for heavy-duty applications such as powering jackhammers and concrete breakers.

STATIONARY COMPRESSORS: Typically larger and more powerful than portable compressors, Stationary Compressors stay in one location. Found in industrial applications, Stationary Compressors keep assembly lines, manufacturing equipment, and large-scale construction projects running.

The 175 PSI Oil-Free Portable Vertical Air Compressor is one option of stationary compressors. 


How many CFM (cubic feet per minute) is good for an air compressor?

The CFM (cubic feet per minute) rating of an air compressor depends on the type of tools and equipment the compressor will power. A good air compressor should have a CFM rating equal to or greater than the CFM requirement of the equipment it will power.

For example, a small airbrush or brad nailer may only require 0.1 to 1.0 CFM, while a framing nailer or paint sprayer may require 2.5 to 5.0 CFM. Heavy-duty tools like sanders or impact wrenches may require 10, 15, or more CFM.

When selecting an air compressor, consider the CFM rating of the tools you plan to use with it and choose the compressor with a CFM rating that meets or exceeds those requirements.