Air Compressor Buying Guide

Depending on the job, your budget and the brand, finding the best air compressor can be a bit of a to-do. Knowing the right product for your project can also change the cost. Air compressors generally run in one of two ways, electric or gasoline and both provide something a little different. There are pros and cons for each and you’ll want to consider them before purchasing. Another handy tip is to decide whether or not this tool is really for you. If you spend a lot of time working within the garage, building, painting or landscaping, you’ll definitely benefit from them.

Air compressors measure power in both CFM (cubic feet per minute) and HP (horsepower). Make sure to take note of the gallon size as well because this will let you know how much air is in reserve.

Gasoline Pros and Cons

This style of compressor is great for those that work in more rural areas and might struggle with reliable electricity. Having enough open air and room between you and your neighbor is advised though, as gas powered compressors are not only smelly but very loud. You’ll want to have a proper ventilation system if you plan on working in confined spaces, maybe some ear protectors as well. The nice thing about this kind of compressor as that if the power does go out, you’ll still be able to use it!

Electric Pros and Cons

Electric compressors are the more popular option as they don’t smell. This style of tool can be used indoors while the gas powered one can not. If you’re planning to do some in home renovations, this just might be the option for you. However, they can be very difficult to move around. So, if you’re planning on getting both indoor and outdoor work done with a compressor, it might be better to have one of each. You’ll also need to live in an area where you can ensure a constant flow of electricity, in order to avoid lapses in work.

Another thing to keep in mind is how often and for how long you intend to use the machine. Certain kids can’t handle big projects, unless you get a much bigger and louder compressor. Tank size, CFM and where your work will be taking place are the three main components to finding the best compressor for your task. Even after you’ve spotted the one you like, reading up reviews and going over guides will only solidify your decision and help in determining if your money is being well spent.

Maintenance Tips

Routine maintenance after purchase can often go forgotten as these machines generally function perfectly until it’s too late. Regularly checking the moving parts and pieces will help to avoid any future issues.

  • Testing the hose for tears and grime. 
  • Tightening the bolts, nuts and screws.
  • Emptying the tank and ridding it of moisture
  • Make sure you’re using the correct and change it when needed– usually after about 500 uses. 

Air compressors can change the game when it comes physical labor. These powerful, effective and versatile tools will drastically cut the time you spend on projects. However, educating yourself on the different kinds and making sure you’re buying the best one for your money is key.