How to Choose an Air Compressor

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How to Choose an Air Compressor

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Air compressors can power a variety of work, from inflating a tire to operating a nail gun. Learn how to find a compressor that handles your jobs by watching this video and reading this post.

Single-stage, piston-type air compressors are the most common models for home use and work well for many applications around the home or workshop. Stationary air compressors are large devices designed for placement in a shop or garage.


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These are high-horsepower models with large storage tanks to allow for longer periods of uninterrupted use. Portable air compressors have smaller storage tanks and handles or wheels that allow you to easily move them to different work areas. Electric compressors are the most common models. They require less maintenance than gasoline-powered models, are quieter, and work in any dry area with a ready electrical supply. Gasoline-powered air compressors are a good choice for outdoor work areas where electricity is limited or unavailable. The horsepower (HP) rating for a compressor indicates the power output of the engine or motor. Higher horsepower creates greater air pressure, measured in PSI. Higher PSI means the compressor can store more air in the tank, allowing you to operate air tools longer.

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