Choosing the right air compressor and tools may seem simple but it can be confusing. We have put together some good information to ensure you can match up the appropriate compressor with the right tool set for your job. Two important things need to be considered in making this decision. First, you need to assess how much you will use the air compressor. The other factor to think about is how many different tools will be required.
Most air tools require a single stage compressor. Other tools may require higher pressure such as an automotive lift. Those situations will demand a two stage compressor. Air compressor power tools require pressure (PSI) to operate, but more critical is the amount of air volume (CFM). Almost all air compressor power tools are designed to use between 90 and 100 PSI. Volume of air does not affect the receiver size or vice versa. Increasing the receiver size does not increase your CFM.
Typically you will see this air compressor tool in the automotive industry but its uses are many. It employs use of sockets in various sizes when more torque is required than can be done by hand or different shape sanding heads. Specifications:
Drive Size: 3/8”
Bolt Capacity: 3/8”
Free Speed: 10,000 RPM
Max. Torque: 75 Ft-Lbs
Air Inlet: 1/4 ” NPT
Required PSI: 90 PSI
Air Hose Size: 3/8” (ID)
Air Consumption: 12 CFM
Net Weight: 1.8 lbs
(Shipping charge of $8.95 will apply on these items if the total order is less than $69.00)
Make a list of air compressor power tools and equipment you want to run. Note the CFM and PSI they need to operate. Add both totals and select the air compressor that exceeds the CFM total by 10% and delivers at least 20 PSI more than the tool requires.
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