Tips to Buy a Reciprocating Air Compressor

If you are thinking of buying a reciprocating air compressor for your garage, business and workshop, you need to think of various things before you make a decision. An air compressor represents a huge investment that you need to take time to consider. Before you get one, take time to understand a few aspects of the whole thing.

The Compressor Type

There are 3 types of air compressors in these categories that you need to look at – the single stage, two stage and twin compressor. Single stage models compress the air in one stroke, and they offer the lowest power for you. Secondly, there is the two-stage compressor that provides more power and efficiency. This uses two stages to compress air to the end pressure. For bigger tasks, then you need a twin-compressor that provides more power.

The size of the cylinders depends on the capacity (cubic feet per minute) that you need.

The Capacity

When looking for the best reciprocating air compressor, you need to determine the capacity and the pressure. The capacity you need depends on the air consumption of all the tools that you will use for the tasks.  Small tools need very little air, and you don’t have to add them as the rate isn’t so significant.

So, check out the specifications of the air tools that you have before you choose the capacity of your air compressor. Anything else and you might have too much power that will go to waste or have less power that won’t deliver the results you are looking for.

It is always a good idea to buy a compressor such as that is bigger than what you need in the first place. This is because you are looking to add more tools in the future, and most of the systems that you need also require more attachments.

Electrical Connection

You won’t be a happy customer if you get home with the compressor and you find that it can’t wire up at all. Before you look for the right compressor, you need to know the voltage that you have in the home. Know what maximum current that the wiring can handle. Know whether you have single phase or double phase power.

Final Tip: The Noise

Do you plan to install the compressor outside or inside? If so you need to consider the noise level of the compressor so that you don’t have to disturb the neighbours.