Air compressors are tools that harness the power of pressurized air. Some common uses include powering pneumatic power tools, inflating vehicle tires, and with painting and cleaning equipment.
There three main types of air compressors are centrifugal, reciprocating, and rotary screw compressors. The most common compressor found in home workshops and garages is the reciprocating air compressor.
The two main types of air compressor power sources are electric and gasoline.
Electric air compressors are best suited in enclosed spaces where any gas fumes would be hazardous. Many portable air compressors are electric-powered.
Gas-powered air compressors are perfect for job sites where electricity is not available.
The best air compressor is one with the sufficient power (measured by airflow) for your intended use. If you’re using it with a power tool like a brad nailer, impact driver, or air drill, look for compressors with 2 - 5 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) and 70 - 90 PSI (Pounds per Square Inch). For larger tools like air sanders and air shears, you’ll need a compressor with at least 10 CFM and 100 - 120 PSI.
The compressors at Ring's End come with most of the accessories you'll need such as regulators and couplers. However, like all tools you'll need to watch out for wear and tear - especially with the filters. An air hose is also a great accessory to buy as it helps you move and reach more places.
It is not safe to breathe air from an air compressor unless it has been designed for breathing purposes.