Installing An Air Compressor In Your Shop Or Work Area


When you need to have compressed air in your shop to power tools or blow debris and material away from a work surface, installing a rotatory compressor is often the most effective solution. Working with an air compressor dealer to determine which compressor offers what you need is an excellent place to start.

Single Stage Air Compressors

For most workshops, a single-stage rotary air compressor is a good choice because it can deliver a consistent amount of air, at about one hundred and twenty PSI (pounds per square inch). That is more than enough pressure to run most tools, and air compressor dealers have units with many different tank sizes and configurations, so you can buy the right one to fit the space you have. 

The single-stage compressor has one piston in the compressor and draws in the air on the downstroke, then compresses it on the upstroke. The system is efficient and once compressed, the air is moved to the storage tank on the compressor until it is needed. The design works well, and most shops do not need more compressed air than this. 

As you use the air from the storage tank, the compressor will refill the tank as you are working. The cycle typically keeps the tank filled, even when using it to power tools and other equipment. 

Two-Stage Air Compressors

A two-stage compressor is similar to the single-stage compressor but there is a second chamber and piston inside the compressor that takes the compressed air from the first chamber and compresses it further before sending it into the storage tank. The addition compression typically produces about one hundred and seventy-five PSI in the tank. 

If you need a two-stage compressor, talk with your air compressor dealer about the advantages and cost differences to determine if there is an added benefit for your shop. Often shops using large air-powered tools or many tools at one may need the additional air these compressors produce, but it does come at a higher cost when setting up your system.

Installing Your Air Compressor

Once you settle on the size and design of the compressor you will need in your shop, you can have your compressor installed for you. Your air compressor dealer may offer installation and setup, or you may need to find a contractor that can do the work for you. 

You will need an electrical connection near the compressor, and if you want to run airlines around the shop, plumbing it in with steel or plastic lines is an excellent way to get air to workbenches and other areas without having a lot of air hoses running across the floor. 

For more information about air compressors, speak to a distributor, such as a Quincy compressor distributor.


26 August 2021

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