Many workers at job sites use air compressors to power tools. However, with many different types and sizes of air compressors available, you should understand all the basics before deciding which is right for your circumstances. Learn more about what to consider when choosing an air compressor.
When choosing a rental air compressor, you should always start by thinking about what you need to use it for. Consider the requirements for the tools you will be using and ensure you start your calculations with a number that exceeds those minimums. Once you do that, you can focus on these five factors that influence performance:
Your power supply needs may vary depending on the type of project you're completing and the nature of the work site. Your three options include:
These two measures are crucial because they tell you how many and the size of the tools you can use with your air compressor. Pounds per square inch (psi) is the air pressure your compressor produces. Many models have a psi that can power small or medium tools, though you can get one with more psi for larger needs.
Cubic feet per minute (cfm) is the amount of air delivered by the compressor. The lower the cfm, the smaller the tools you can power with it. If you need an air compressor for large or industrial-grade tools, aim for a cfm over 50.
Your air compressor's capacity and tank size are crucial in performance. Construction and other work teams will likely require a large, high-pressure air compressor.
You can choose from these different types and sizes of air compressor tanks:
Capacity options may range anywhere between 1 and 80 gallons. For most applications, a 20-gallon tank offers sufficient capacity while still being fairly easy to store.
A duty cycle is the time between air delivery and refill. The larger your compressor is, the less time it needs to rest and refill before it can expel air again. You can get an air compressor with a duty cycle between 25 and 100%. The lowest on the spectrum need more time between expelling and refilling air, while the highest percentages supply air as quickly as they use it.
An air compressor's configuration influences its operation and what you can use it for. Consider these five options:
Once you select a type of air compressor, you'll also have to decide between horizontal or vertical setups to make the best use of the space you have available.
Now that you know how to choose a rental air compressor, The Cat® Rental Store is here to help you find the right size and type for each job. Renting is a cost-effective option that lets you try out different equipment before purchasing or source machinery for short-term needs.Find The Cat Rental Store Near You