Whatever type of the item do you purchase, you need to maintain some safety rules and take some precautions before starting off with the job. You should always wear goggles while working with the instruments, to protect your eyes. Protective clothing like long-sleeved shirt and full trousers should be worn while operating the equipment. Work boots or sturdy sneakers should be worn to protect the feet while working.
Types of Portable Compressors
The most commonly used air compressor is the portable rotary screw one. Their power level ranges from 65-1600 cubic feet/minute. The pressure ratings range from 100-350 PSI. The choice of compressors depends on the tools that you generally use in your workshop. Contractors generally use 185 CFM. That item is strong enough to power two tools simultaneously. It can perform well in both light and heavy-duty works.
The truck mounted compressors can be set up on the bed or under the hood. The models which can be mounted under hood are quite space-saving. The engine of the truck supplies the power for it to function and thus the cost of power is also saved to a great extent. The only problem is that the truck-engine must be kept running for the compressor to work.
The deck mounted compressors are mounted inside the truck-bed. It can be pulled out of it and left on the job site until the work is accomplished. This type has its own engine and so it does not rely on the vehicle for its performance. The only thing they need is a maintenance and fuel input to run.
There are some types of compressors that run on gasoline and there are some which runs on electricity. In both cases the air is stored in the holding tank and the tools are attached to it with a hose. The pressure which is controlled and regulated with a valve is indicated by the gauges fitted with the compressors.
Major Brands of Compressors
A very efficient range of air compressor systems are manufactured by Quincy. The rotary screw one, of their make ranges from 10 - 350 HP. These items are quite dependable and durable and make less noise. An array of models can be found-from the large, stationed cabinet type models to the small tank types.
The Husky air compressors are usually made to serve domestic purpose. It has a 1.75 gallon tank with a 135 PSI power and its performance is quite commendable for working on nailing guns and sprayers and also for insulation purposes. Also they are quite easy to handle with a telescope grip. The oil free pump in this model makes the whole thing quite easy to maintain and use.
The Husky model with a four gallon tank and 125 PSI power is quite good for performing with small tools and for spraying purposes.