Budget Air Compressor Center https://www.budgetaircompressors.com Air Compressor Reviews, Tips & Advice Tue, 14 Aug 2018 05:10:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://www.budgetaircompressors.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/cropped-budget-air-compressors-logo-32x32.png Budget Air Compressor Center https://www.budgetaircompressors.com 32 32 How Do Air Compressors Work? We’ll Show You Here https://www.budgetaircompressors.com/how-do-air-compressors-work/ https://www.budgetaircompressors.com/how-do-air-compressors-work/#respond Thu, 05 Jul 2018 01:50:03 +0000 https://www.budgetaircompressors.com/?p=982 Not so long ago, air compressors and pneumatic tools were the reserve of professional workshops, garages, and construction sites. However, in recent years smaller and more affordable compressors have have gradually been making their way into home workshops and DIY tool kits, making pneumatic tools accessible to anyone. But how do they work?The mechanics of […]

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Not so long ago, air compressors and pneumatic tools were the reserve of professional workshops, garages, and construction sites. However, in recent years smaller and more affordable compressors have have gradually been making their way into home workshops and DIY tool kits, making pneumatic tools accessible to anyone. But how do they work?

The mechanics of air compression

The most common type of air compressor in the domestic market are positive displacement air compressors. These work by squeezing air into an increasingly tight space until it reaches the desires PSI (Pounds per square inch). In order to achieve this the compressor uses a piston very similar to the type found in a car engine.

Cross section of compressor

When attached to a power source the piston moves up and down a shaft. When the piston moves down it sucks air into the shaft through a vent, when it moves up the vents that allowed air to enter the shaft are closed and the trapped air is compressed before being released into a storage tank.
In order to create, store, and deliver the air at the correct PSI, the compressor has a number of sensors and gauges.

One of these opens a valve once the air is compressed to the desired PSI, allowing it to enter a storage tank. A further sensor identifies when the tank is full and stops the piston until a refill is required. The final sensor controls the PSI of the air being supplied to your pneumatic tool, ensuring that it works correctly.

What is the difference between a
1 or 2 cylinder compressor?

When looking at positive displacement compressors you will likely come across the terms 1 or 2 cylinder. This will usually refer to how many pistons the compressor has. A single cylinder compressor will compress one measure of air for every full movement (up and down), A 2 cylinder compressor will usually have two pistons connected to the same driver so that when one piston is moving up the other is moving down.

Alternatively, sometimes compressors are referred to as 2 cylinder but are instead 2 stage compressors. This means that it will compress air on both the up motion and the down motion.

Oil lubricated or oil free?

In addition to other compressor variables, some require oil in order to work. While others are oil free. Which you require will depend on how you use your compressor but notably, oil lubricated compressors are not suitable for wood work or paint spraying due to oil particles being passed to the airflow.

The difference CFM and SCFM?

CFM (cubic feet per minute) is one of the ways that you can gauge how powerful a compressor is. This measurement is used to gage the rate at which a volume of air is delivered.

Unfortunately this can be affected by anything from atmospheric conditions to temperature so a unit called SCFM (standard cubic feet per minute) is used in its place. Unlike CFM, SCFM is measured at sea level, at a temperature of 68 degrees fahrenheit, and 36% relative humidity, which ensures that it can be directly compared.

What other types of air compressor are available?

Although displacement compressors are the most common on the domestic market there are several other types available including:

Types of sets
Rotary Screw Compressors

These compressors also use positive displacement to compress air however instead of a piston, two screws are used to create the compression. Unlike the piston compressor which stops once the air tank is full the rotary compressor is in continual motion, regulating the compressed air by speed rather than a full stop.

It’s worth noting that these are nearly always oil cooled. So they will not be suitable for all job types.

Centrifugal Compressor

Unlike the other compressors mentioned, this one uses dynamic compression rather than positive displacement. To achieve compression a fast moving impeller displaces the air. Typically this type of compressor has a far higher capacity than the others, making it better for larger pneumatic tools.

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The history of the air compressors https://www.budgetaircompressors.com/the-history-of-the-air-compressors/ https://www.budgetaircompressors.com/the-history-of-the-air-compressors/#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:41:45 +0000 http://www.budgetaircompressors.com/?p=954 The history of the air compressorsYou’ve been using that air compressor for quite awhile. By now, it’s safe to say that you’re already familiar with its ins and outs. Air compressors are wonderful machines, allowing you to inflate tires and do your own custom paint jobs among other things. But have you ever wondered about […]

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The history of the air compressors

You’ve been using that air compressor for quite awhile. By now, it’s safe to say that you’re already familiar with its ins and outs. Air compressors are wonderful machines, allowing you to inflate tires and do your own custom paint jobs among other things. But have you ever wondered about the history and roots of these machines?

Air compressors have quite an interesting story. Most people are used to the idea of the electric-powered air compressor of modern times. How would you react if somebody told you that air compressors, or at least their concept, can be traced back to the Middle Ages?

Bellows and the Human Lung

Let’s sit back and study the basic process of how an air compressor generates air. It takes in air from the outside, compresses it, and blows the pressurized air out of the exhaust.

Does that sound familiar? Now, inhale and exhale. You’ll find that an air compressor works just like your lungs do.

That’s right—the first ever air compressor in history is the human lung. For thousands of years, man relied on his lungs to produce air for stoking fires. However, as human beings, we have a limitation—we don’t produce enough oxygen and pressurized air for high temperature applications.

No matter how many people blew air into forges, not they still could not stoke the fires at hot enough levels to tools and weapons made of steel. People’s lives and jobs depended on such contraptions in the Middle Ages, so a solution was needed.

So, they created the bellows - a primitive yet totally effective tool for producing air strong enough to bring the fire in the forges to the desired temperatures.

This is how the bellows worked. The steelsmith engages a valve on the bellows’ handle, and then pulls both handles until the contraption is opened wide. As the bellows are opened wide, air is forcibly sucked into the device. The operator then closes the device by closing the two handles, which blows out high-pressure air into the flames.

Things may have changed well into the future, but the basic concept remains the same. Your air compressor is basically just a mechanized version of your own lung.

Compressed Air in the 17th Century

It would be several centuries before the progenitor of today’s air compressor would come into existence. In 1650, a German physicist and engineer by the name of Otto Von Guericke would invent what he would call the vacuum pump.

This invention, however, was more academic in nature. With the vacuum pump, Von Guericke showed his contemporaries the many uses of compressed air. This would eventually pave the way for the development of various engineering creations that would serve as “ancestors” of today’s air compressors.

English inventors John Smeaton and John Wilkinson would follow suit with their own devices a century later. Smeaton is credited with the development of a hydro-powered blowing cylinder -- essentially a larger-scale bellows mechanically operated by an automatic water wheel -- in 1762.

Wilkinson, on the other hand, invented a powerful engine that could produce compressed air with pressures of 14.5 pressure per square inch or psi. This machine first appeared in 1776.

Since then, devices that made extensive use of compressed air were applied to various groundbreaking projects of that time. Did you know that the Mont Cenis Tunnel was constructed with the use of air compressors? The machines shortened the project turnaround time by 16 years!

The next time you power up that air compressor, think about the long history of such machinery. It’s a testament to how creative the human mind is when it comes to addressing necessity.

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Should I buy a second hand compressor, or a brand new one? https://www.budgetaircompressors.com/second-hand-vs-new-air-compressor/ https://www.budgetaircompressors.com/second-hand-vs-new-air-compressor/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 00:30:38 +0000 http://www.budgetaircompressors.com/?p=943 Should I buy a second hand compressor, or a brand new one?Every consumer is faced with this question when buying anything that costs a fair amount of money. Should you buy a brand new item or something handed down by its original owner at a far lower price? This same economic dilemma also crops up when you’re […]

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Should I buy a second hand compressor, or a brand new one?

Every consumer is faced with this question when buying anything that costs a fair amount of money.

Should you buy a brand new item or something handed down by its original owner at a far lower price?

This same economic dilemma also crops up when you’re looking to buy an air compressor. If you're someone who’s not going to use the machine all the time, your first instinct would be to go to the “Used” section. After all, you're only going to use the machine every now and then—when inflating your car tires or repainting a room.

Air compressors are considered “heavy duty” machines used in a wide variety of applications. And it’s this same flexibility that makes buying a used compressor a little trickier compared to other types of equipment. After all, there are multiple factors to consider.

What You Need to Look Out for When Buying Pre-Owned Compressors

First off, you have to consider the age of the compressor. Ask the owner how long the compressor has been in his or her possession. If it’s anything more than 3 to 5 years, there’s a good chance the machine has been through some wear and tear.

But in some cases, used air compressors might not have seen a great deal of use, despite being with the owner for more than a few years. This is the case of compressors that have been kept as backups for business applications—think workshops and automotive shops.

Still, non-use could still have negative effects on the compressor’s interior pars. You’ll need to give the machine a closer look to check for rust and corrosion.

In addition, you will also have to look at whether it costs more to rebuild an old compressor or to simply purchase a new one from the manufacturer. You’ll have to see how much it will cost to buy a rebuild kit to restore the compressor to top notch condition.

Add in the selling price of the previous owner, and compare it with the price for a brand new compressor. If the difference is minuscule, you’re better off buying a new one.

Finally, is the manufacturer still offering after-sales services for that particular model? A phased out compressor is unlikely to have replacement parts or rebuild kits available. It’s too much of a risk to take especially if you’re going to use the compressor for business.

Why It’s More Advantageous to Purchase Brand New

There’s no doubt that you’d have less problems if you purchase a brand new compressor over a used one.

When you buy a brand new compressor, you can be sure that everything is in mint condition. Of course, there’s always the risk of defects, but you also have a warranty to keep you covered against any issues, at least for a year or two after the initial purchase.

You can also be sure of the customer service you receive from the manufacturer itself. Buying aftermarket parts for repairs or upgrades isn’t a problem when you have a new compressor. As long as the model hasn’t been phased out, there will always be parts available when you need them.

Maintaining a brand new compressor is also easier, because you have all the parts that you need.

In the end, it all depends on your needs and budget. Some brand new models are undoubtedly expensive. Buying second hand isn’t that bad, and could be advantageous if you’re buying a compressor for personal use. You’ll just have to expend extra effort in canvassing for used compressors.

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How to stop your air compressor from rusting and corroding https://www.budgetaircompressors.com/how-to-stop-your-air-compressor-from-rusting-and-corroding/ https://www.budgetaircompressors.com/how-to-stop-your-air-compressor-from-rusting-and-corroding/#respond Sun, 16 Apr 2017 01:00:54 +0000 http://www.budgetaircompressors.com/?p=929 How to stop your air compressor from rusting and corrodingWear and tear is something you can’t avoid with any machine. The key is to knowing how to maintain your equipment, such tha­t you can prevent the long-term effects of regular use and prolong the lifespan of your machine. When it comes to air compressors, your biggest […]

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How to stop your air compressor from rusting and corroding

Wear and tear is something you can’t avoid with any machine. The key is to knowing how to maintain your equipment, such tha­t you can prevent the long-term effects of regular use and prolong the lifespan of your machine.

When it comes to air compressors, your biggest enemy is rust. Rust leads to corrosion, and a heavily corroded air tank is simply put, a time bomb waiting to explode. When you over-pressurize the rusty tank of your compressor, you run the risk of the tank exploding on you.

But how do you prevent your air compressor from rusting? First, it helps to understand how rust develops in the first place.

How does rust develop?

Rust is a result of a chemical interaction between hydrogen atoms (water), iron and oxygen. Now, when you produce air at high pressure, as is the case with an air compressor, you form water vapor. While 90% of this water vapor finds its way out of the nozzle, the remaining 10% could condense and turn into liquid inside of the compressor tank.

This condensation, when left unchecked, produces the chemical reaction creating rust. That’s why a spotless tank on the outside is never an indication of its actual health. Inside, the iron could very well be eaten away by rust.

Rust is highly corrosive. Soon enough, it could cause small punctures in the tank that can cause air to escape. Worse, the integrity of the tank is compromised. You’re basically holding on to a time bomb without knowing it.

Is It a Good Idea to Remove the Rust?

Instinct will tell people to just remove the rust. That is possible. Sanding services can take your tank apart and remove the rust. However, is it a good idea? The answer is - No.

When you attempt to take out rust, you’ll have to scrape at the surface of the tank to remove it. You are basically corroding the tank yourself. Plus, the tank has to be disassembled. Who knows whether the tank will be able to withstand the pressure without exploding?

In short, you’re basically compromising your own safety by attempting to de-rust the tank. If you have a badly corroded tank, it’s best to replace it instead of trying to restore it back to its “rustless” condition. Your safety and that of the people around you are at stake, after all.

Prevention is Better than Cure

Again, wear-and-tear is inevitable. Given enough time, even a well-maintained air compressor will develop rust at some point. What you can do, however, is slow its development.

Here are some ways through which you can deal with rust. Better yet, these are steps that you can take to prevent rust from forming and corroding your air compressor tank.

This is the best advice in the books - drain your tank regularly. As we mentioned earlier, 10% of water could condense and accumulate at the bottom of the tank. This is the source of rust. Your best defense is to drain the tank after every operation.

You should also get an aftercooler. Attaching an aftercooler to your tank will prevent water vapor from ever getting into the tank. It acts as a filter that traps warm air, cools it down and then sends it into the tank. It can help in reducing the amount of moisture that could form and accumulate inside the tank.

When you are able to prevent rust from forming, you are also prolonging the life and the usefulness of your air compressor tank. This is one of the ways through which you ensure that it outlives even you!

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How to inflate your tires with an air compressor – a simple guide https://www.budgetaircompressors.com/how-to-inflate-your-tires-with-an-air-compressor/ https://www.budgetaircompressors.com/how-to-inflate-your-tires-with-an-air-compressor/#respond Thu, 16 Mar 2017 06:22:41 +0000 http://www.budgetaircompressors.com/?p=916 How to inflate your tires with an air compressor – a simple guideAir compressors can be used for a wide variety of applications, making them a worthwhile addition to any workshop or handyman’s tool collection. One of the most common use for a compressor would be inflating flat tires, which means you no longer have […]

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How to inflate your tires with an air compressor – a simple guide

Air compressors can be used for a wide variety of applications, making them a worthwhile addition to any workshop or handyman’s tool collection. One of the most common use for a compressor would be inflating flat tires, which means you no longer have to go to a professional service whenever your tires need more air pressure.

Of course, you may have reservations about doing this yourself, as there is a risk to over-inflating your car tires, which can explode when you're on the road. Air pressure inside a tire naturally increases due to heat, and if you're driving in the middle of the day, there’s a very real danger that your tires will explode, causing a disastrous road accident should you be moving at high speeds.

In this guide, we go over how to inflate your tires safely using your own air compressor.

What You Need

Before you can inflate your tires with an air compressor, you need a few tools that will prevent the problem of filling them with too much compressed air.

The first tool will be a regulator, which will ensure that your compressor does not inflate your tires too quickly and exceeds the recommended PSI. A regulator will reign in your air compressor’s flow of pressurized air into the tire, stopping its tire pressure from shooting up to 100 PSI in an instant, which is 3 times the acceptable pressure for car and motorcycle tires.

A regulator is one of those tools that will prove indispensable if you use your air compressor to inflate your tires regularly.

Your next tool will be a pressure gauge, which will help you keep an eye on the actual air pressure inside your tire. This will help you determine whether the tire’s pressure is enough, excessive, or insufficient. In other words, you’ll need to continually monitor your tire’s pressure as you inflate them with the compressor. For this, the pressure gauge will be very useful.

You will also need a tire chuck with an air connector built into it. This will allow you to connect the air hose from the compressor to the valve, making a flow of compressed air from the device to the tire possible. You now have the three tools that you will need in order to safely and properly inflate your tires using an air compressor.

The Actual Process

Now, let’s move on to the actual process of filling up your tire with air. This process is actually straightforward. Just read through and you’ll get the process down quickly.

Connect the hose from the compressor to the regulator, and then to the tire valve using the chuck. Now, we’ve mentioned earlier that the compressor has pressure that exceeds what is needed by the tire. That’s where the regulator comes in: simply set the regulator to the desired pressure, and start filling the tire up.

Make sure to monitor the tire pressure continually using the pressure gauge. If the tire pressure exceeds the PSI level recommended by the tire manufacturer, simply allow air to bleed out.

As you can see, inflating your tires with an air compressor is very simple. If you have the right tools, you don’t need to worry about tires exploding due to excess pressure. With a regulator and the pressure gauge on your side, you can be sure that you’re doing everything safely and accurately.

Of course, inflating tires is just one of the many things your air compressor can do! So, make sure to give it some love after a hard day’s work.

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5 essential air compressor extension tools that every handyman should own https://www.budgetaircompressors.com/essential-air-compressor-extension-tools/ https://www.budgetaircompressors.com/essential-air-compressor-extension-tools/#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:37:58 +0000 http://www.budgetaircompressors.com/?p=901 5 essential air compressor extension tools that every handyman should ownHaving used an air compressor for some time now, it’s safe to say that you now know and understand that it is, without doubt, one of the most useful tools you can have in your home. As a handyman, you also understand that your air […]

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5 essential air compressor extension tools that every handyman should own

Having used an air compressor for some time now, it’s safe to say that you now know and understand that it is, without doubt, one of the most useful tools you can have in your home. As a handyman, you also understand that your air compressor is only as good as its attachments. Like a vacuum cleaner, the air compressor has room for additional attachments that can help it do its job in various applications.

Here are 5 essential air compressor attachments that you, as a handyman, should have. Some of these come packaged with the compressor, while others will have to be purchased separately.

Drills

Say goodbye to electric powered drills. You can now use a specialized drill with your air compressor for the same applications need an electric drill. These include drilling holes in concrete, wood, and many other surfaces.

What is the advantage to using an air-powered drill? First off, it doesn’t heat up the way electric drills do. This means you can use it non-stop, or s long as the job requires it. On a full tank of pressure, you’ll have hours of use for your air drill guaranteed.

You’ll have to purchase bits separately, just as you would an electric drill. Likewise, air compressors use the same type of bits as electric drills.

Roll Cage

A roll cage does not serve a purpose for handymen, but it is meant to protect the air compressor from wear and tear. You see, when the compressor is switched on, it tends to vibrate against whatever surface it is placed on.

Thus, the tank can get bruised by friction from machine vibration. Over time, this could lead to punctures in the tank, which in turn causes air to leak out of control, compromising the machine’s performance. When that happens, you can expect that air will be leaking out all the time.

Air Regulators

Air compressors are capable of generating a stream of compressed air at high pressures, but to work at optimal levels, these machines need to produce at least 100 pounds per square inch (PSI) of air.

Unfortunately, some tools don’t operate at such high pressures. An air drill requires only less than what your air compressor can deliver. How do you use that attachment then? You make use of an air regulator.

Aftercoolers

When it comes right down to it, aftercoolers are technically not a necessary. However, an aftercooler can enhance the performance of your air compressor by converting water vapor into liquid through condensation. When water vapor is condensed, it increases the density of air, and the denser the air generated by a compressor, the more efficient it becomes.

In addition, cool temperatures increase power, allowing the compressor to produce even more compressed air.

Paint Sprayer

The fact that you decided to buy your own air compressor probably means that you want to do as many home improvement tasks as possible on your own. Painting is probably one of the most basic and common projects for any handyman, so it makes sense to invest in a paint sprayer, which can reduce time spent on painting tasks by as much as 60%.

Of course, these are just five of the many tools that could see a lot of use in any home or workshop with an air compressor. Enjoy being a handyman with your air compressor. Get one if you haven’t done so already; these compressors will prove to be very helpful assistants to you in your home improvement tasks.

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A Guide to Making Your Air Compressor Last Longer Than You Do https://www.budgetaircompressors.com/make-your-air-compressor-last-longer/ https://www.budgetaircompressors.com/make-your-air-compressor-last-longer/#respond Tue, 20 Dec 2016 01:21:44 +0000 http://www.budgetaircompressors.com/?p=873 A Guide to Making Your Air Compressor Last Longer Than You DoLongevity is what all consumers want from any product they purchase. This is especially true when tools and machines are concerned. With complex tools like air compressors, even buying from the top brands is no guarantee that they’ll last forever. If you don’t observe the […]

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A Guide to Making Your Air Compressor Last Longer Than You Do

Longevity is what all consumers want from any product they purchase. This is especially true when tools and machines are concerned.

With complex tools like air compressors, even buying from the top brands is no guarantee that they’ll last forever. If you don’t observe the crucial task of maintenance, there is simply no way of telling if your compressor will last.

An air compressor is a machine, and like any machine, it will eventually succumb to wear and tear. Of course, you can extend the compressor’s lifespan by regularly checking the machine’s functions and build, which will tell you everything you need to know about potential problems. Here is a step-by-step guide to help ensure that your air compressor outlasts you.

Changing the oil

Almost anything that runs on an engine is required to use engine oil, and air compressors are not an exception. Oil is an important lubricant that makes sure each gear and screw does not melt down due to friction.

However, this oil needs to be changed regularly because it can lose its viscosity and ability to lubricate your air compressor’s moving components.

Here are the steps to change your air compressor’s oil as part of its maintenance:

  1. Warm up the engine oil by turning on the air compressor for a few minutes.
  2. Induce air to further clean the system by taking the fill cap off.
  3. Drain the oil by removing the plug in the drain pipe. Make sure you have a container nearby.
  4. Replace the drain plug after making sure there is no more oil in the system.
  5. Put in the new oil into the air compressor.
  6. Replace the fill cap once you’re done.

Of course, if you want to know if there’s a need to change the oil, you’ll have to frequently check the oil levels, which is relatively easy. Just make sure the air compressor is not running and is not connected to any electrical power supply.

There is a sight glass you can use in almost any model of air compressors. Use it as a gauge to measure whether or not you need to change the oil. If the oil is less than the halfway point in the glass, it’s time think about getting a new oil for your air compressor.

Other tips for maintaining air compressors

A single air compressor contains several moving parts and components. To ensure it lasts for decades, constant maintenance will be required. Be sure to check each part in every nook and cranny regularly.

This is also the machine’s ensure safety—the last thing you want is to get injured while using an air compressor that has a faulty component.

Here are some items you could put in your checklist when checking an air compressor out for safety before using the device.

  1. Make sure all fasteners are tightened. Constant use will loosen any bolts and nuts inside the compressor, due to the vibration produced by the engine’s operation.
  2. Keep dust out of the intake vents. Dust will cause the engine to overwork itself, which will inevitably lead to damage.
  3. Avoid accumulating moisture in the tank.
  4. Keep the fuel tank clean. Residual build up can cause debris to find their way into the engine, further damaging it.
  5. Make sure the safety shut-off system works as expected. This system automatically turns off the machine when it gets too hot, or is producing very little pressure than is required.

To make maintenance easy for you, it would be a great idea if you pick a compressor that is suited to your specific needs. Extra features may be cool and all, but having unnecessary functions means having to spend more time and effort in terms of maintenance.

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Pancake Compressor vs. Twin Stack Compressors – How Do I Choose? https://www.budgetaircompressors.com/pancake-compressor-vs-twin-stack-compressors/ https://www.budgetaircompressors.com/pancake-compressor-vs-twin-stack-compressors/#respond Tue, 13 Dec 2016 01:43:16 +0000 http://www.budgetaircompressors.com/?p=859 Pancake Compressor vs. Twin Stack Compressors – How Do I Choose?When buying an air compressor for home or commercial/industrial applications, the sheer variety of compressor options can be overwhelming. However, the majority of compressors tend to come in two varieties: pancake compressors and twin-stack compressors. For a first-time buyer of air compressors with little to […]

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Pancake Compressor vs. Twin Stack Compressors – How Do I Choose?

When buying an air compressor for home or commercial/industrial applications, the sheer variety of compressor options can be overwhelming. However, the majority of compressors tend to come in two varieties: pancake compressors and twin-stack compressors.

For a first-time buyer of air compressors with little to no idea of how they work, you’d certainly be at a loss as to which one of these two you will purchase. To understand, it is best to look at each of the two types and see what are the disadvantages and advantages of one over the other.

The Pancake Compressor

Air compressors are commonly found in households, taking their name from their shape. Pancake air compressors are small and round—basically they have the shape of a pancake.

Its advantage over the twin-stack compressor is its size, which allows for easy storage and portable use. Because it does not require much space, you could pretty much place it in any corner of your house. Just make sure to keep it away from children, of course.

Another advantage of pancake compressors over their twin-stack cousins is their high-pressure output despite coming with a small tank. Pancake compressor tanks usually have a capacity below 8 gallons, and this low footprint allows it to be relatively energy efficient.

Another desirable feature of pancake compressors is their low noise output. Because they use only a little power, their motor generally produces very little noise—a must-have if you’re operating a compressor in residential areas.

Pancake air compressors are generally built for handling smaller tasks such as inflating car tires and DIY paint jobs.

The Twin-Stack Compressor

If there’s one word to describe the twin-stack compressor with, it would be power.

Indeed, the twin-stack compressor is basically just a hotdog compressor with twice the number of tanks. The main advantage of a twin-stack compressor is its being maintenance-free. This means that the machine takes care of itself and all you have to do is just use it for whatever tasks you have in mind for it.

And despite being larger, many twin-stack compressors are still relatively portable and easy to store, although it is nowhere near as space-saving as a pancake compressor. Its mainly horizontal design means it consumes a considerable amount of space, so you’ll have to make some place for it when you buy one for your home.

Two people may be required to carry the twin-stack compressor, as it is bulky despite being lightweight.

As for power, the twin-stack carries nearly the same amount of power as the pancake. A hotdog compressor typically has 1-3 gallons of capacity in its tanks, so a twin-stack compressor can have 2-6 gallons of capacity.

A twin stack is also reportedly more expensive than the pancake compressor.

How Do You Choose?

As mentioned earlier, making a choice can be quite tricky. Both models or variants of air compressors each has their own advantages, as you can see from the descriptions above.

Now, the first step in identifying which compressor suits you best is to decide what it is you’re going to use it for. Certain applications need a minimum level of horsepower, so you can easily determine what the demand is going to be if you know which tasks you expect to use the compressor for.

Second concern, and probably more influential in this case, is your budget. Each type comes in its own price range. You’ll have to know how much you’re willing to spend for the compressor. In most cases, the budget narrows down your choices considerably.

Last but not the least is the compressor model’s specifications and features. You’ll have to do a thorough search for this one, but fortunately, a lot of information is available online about what different air compressor models are capable of.

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How Often Should I Change My Air Compressor’s Oil? https://www.budgetaircompressors.com/changing-your-air-compressors-oil/ https://www.budgetaircompressors.com/changing-your-air-compressors-oil/#respond Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:00:30 +0000 http://www.budgetaircompressors.com/?p=846 How Often Should I Change My Air Compressor’s Oil?Changing the air compressor’s oil is one of the most important tasks when maintaining your oil compressor’s performance. Anything that runs on a motor engine needs oil, which, over time, decreases in quality and viscosity.  Unfortunately, many users of air compressors fail to take note of such […]

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How Often Should I Change My Air Compressor’s Oil?

Changing the air compressor’s oil is one of the most important tasks when maintaining your oil compressor’s performance. Anything that runs on a motor engine needs oil, which, over time, decreases in quality and viscosity.

Unfortunately, many users of air compressors fail to take note of such a task, only noticing when their machines malfunction.

How Important is Changing the Oil?

Oil plays a vital role in your air compressor’s functions. It ensures that the machine’s components do not break apart after hours and hours of use. Without the lubricating properties of oil, the compressor’s mechanical components will decay at an accelerated rate until they jam or literally break apart.

However, the oil itself is also susceptible to the same wear-and-tear that affects the air compressor’s multiple components. It loses its viscosity over time, which means that it thickens and can no longer distribute itself evenly across the air compressor’s components.

Naturally, damage to the air compressor follows, prematurely ending the machine’s life. As such, you’ll have to routinely change the oil to extend your air compressor’s lifespan.

So, the question is, how often should you do that?

Different Types of Air Compressors Require Different Changing Times

The most obvious answer is—it depends on what type of air compressor you use.

If you’re using a rotary screw compressor, it will be necessary to change the oil when you reach a certain number of usage hours. This type of compressor is highly efficient in utilizing the compressor oil, so you don’t have to change it very often.

You’d just have to track the hours of usage logged by your air compressor—when it reaches 7000 to 8000 hours, that’s the time for you to start shopping for new compressor oil.

The reciprocating air compressor is a different story entirely. It requires more frequent changes of oil, as you’d have to do the task every 3 months.

The best thing to do when you’re confused about the frequency of changing compressor oil is to contact the machine’s manufacturer and ask the ideal changing intervals for your particular model. This information should also be available in user manuals that come with your purchase of an air compressor.

If you have a local machine shop or body shop, you can also ask them for advice on how and when to change the air compressor oil. Be sure to ask about other pointers for maintenance and cleaning.

Frequently Check Oil Levels

Regular changing of your air compressor’s not only extends its lifespan, it also ensures that your compressor is completely safe to use. You may have opened your compressor, for instance, and drained the oil but forgot to replace it. It’s almost unthinkable, but still possible, no matter how remote.

In any case, operating an air compressor without or with very little oil can seriously damage the machine. There is also the possibility of the components literally exploding and spraying fragments all over the place.

That is basically the gist of it. To check the machine’s oil levels, simply use a dipstick, which you can submerge into the fuel tank. You can determine the depth of the available oil using the graduations in the oil stick. If there is very little oil left, drain what’s left and replace it with a new batch.

If you own a car, an air compressor pretty much requires the same kind of maintenance to the machine’s motor, so this shouldn’t be new to you. Don’t forget to read up on safety issues outside of insufficient oil that you have to be aware of when you own an air compressor.

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How Do I Change My Air Compressor’s Water Filter? The Step by Step Guide

Air compressors work by “inhaling” air from their surroundings and compressing it in order to release it out of the nozzle at the desired pressure setting. However, there is an unpleasant side effect to this action—moisture.

Let’s review our elementary science. The air around us contains water vapor, or water that has been heated to gas form by different stimuli. Now, when that air is sucked in by an air compressor and exposed to heat, the water vapor condenses into water droplets.

The same process can be found in the formation of rain, or precipitation. The only difference is that in the process of precipitation, the water is released by clouds in the form of rain. In air compression, that water is left inside the air compressor.

Moisture is negligible if found only in small amounts. However, when left on its own, it can have some nasty side effects. For instance, moisture can join the compressed air released out of the nozzle. You’re basically spraying water, which can ruin your paint job.

If you’re using air compressors professionally, you might want to think about changing the water filter regularly. The water filter is the only thing standing between pure compressed air, and moisture finding its way into the compressed air released by the compressor.

Checking the Water Filter

You don’t have to change the water filter too frequently—you’ll only end up spending hundreds of dollars that way. Instead, you can wait until the moisture levels inside the water filter are such that they send solid water particles together with the compressed air produced.

It’s a very easy process. This is because most, if not all, air compressors have a water filter gauge installed. Now, you simply have to look at that filter in order to determine whether or not the moisture level inside the air compressor is within acceptable levels, or if the filter needs to be changed immediately.

Changing the Water Filter

The air filter can be easily removed, regardless of what model of air compressor you own. Consult the user manual on how you can safely and properly remove the water filter. However, no matter what model of air compressor you have in your facility, it is highly recommended to place the air filter a considerable distance away from the nozzle so it can keep away moisture more efficiently.

One More Thing...

Moisture does not accumulate only in the filters. The water that is produced also finds its way into the air tank, and that is where the compressed air can pick up water particles that are then released together with it through the nozzle. The filter is, in a sense, only a mechanism used to keep water out as much as possible.

In other words, you’d also have to think about draining the tank of any residual moisture caused by continued use of the air compressor. There are various ways to do that, and it depends on the particular model of air compressor that you own. Some have drainpipes already installed like washing machines, while others—particularly DIY systems—need to have customized drain systems mounted.

Changing your air compressor’s water filter is but one aspect of the maintenance required by your air compressor so that it can outlive you, or even your sons. There are other concerns when ensuring the performance and longevity of your air compressor.

Air compressors are highly useful machines to have, whether you’re doing it for industrial purposes or for DIY projects. Selecting the right air compressor for you will go a long way for you as the consumer.

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