Air Compressors

Air compressors are common machines that work well for many applications. They can be used to power pneumatic tools for example nailers, air drills, angle grinders, spray guns or impact wrenches. They can also be used for simple everyday duties such as inflating tyres or sports equipment. Air compressors are ideal machines for domestic use and professional workshop requirements. Air compressors are built of an engine that could be both electric or petrol and an air tank.

Types of air compressors
  • Single-stage, piston-type air compressors are most common on the market and work in a very simple way. An electric or petrol engine drives a piston which forces an air into a tank. Once the pressure within the tank reaches the desired level, the motor automatically stops. Motor restarts to build the pressure back up when the stored air drops down to a minimum level.
  • Two-stage compressors have two pistons instead. The first piston initially compresses the air and pushes it into the 2nd piston. The second piston compresses it further and forces an air into an air tank. These compressors are more suitable for commercial use as they can produce greater results. Two-stage compressors are ideal for continuous operation or to power multiple tools at the same time.

Compressors can be oil lubricated or oil free. The two-stage, oil lubricated devices are ideal for heavy-duty use and guarantee increased durability but there’s always a chance of getting contaminated in air-hose when using. An oil mixed with an air isn’t recommended when the compressor is used for painting. Oil free compressors are perfect for everyday domestic use and when no continues operation is required.

How to choose the right compressor
Before you make a final decision on air compressors you need to consider your pressure requirements. The pressure can be reflected in PSI (Pounds per square inch), bars. Compressors that can produce up to 150 PSI are good enough for domestic use. The two-stage air compressors which can produce between 150 PSI and more are suitable for more professional use. Tank capacity is also very important, the size of the tank determines the amount of pressurised air that can be stored in a tank and used without the instant need of refilling. The amount of air that compressors can delivers in set of time is reflected by CFM value (Cubic Feet per Minute).
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RS Stock No. 182-8736
Mfr. Part No.1828736001
114psi 1.5HP 220 → 240V ac - - 24L
RS Stock No. 890-3657
Mfr. Part No.CS50
8bar - 230V ac 30kg 3m 24L