Choosing the right air compressor can often be a confusing experience. There is such diversity in selection available nowadays, from many different manufacturers. So, how do you go about choosing the right compressor for you?
One of the most important things you can do prior to buying a new compressor is to establish exactly what tasks you will require the air compressor for. Many people set out to buy exactly the right compressor for them, and end up being blinded by the sheer selection available. They then end up buying a massive compressor, which is far more than they will ever need, and cost them a lot more to run, than the right compressor would have done. Or on the other hand, they can end up with a product that is entirely inadequate for their needs.
Another consideration that must be taken into account is portability. Do you require your air compressor to be portable, for use on more than one site, or will a fixed unit be sufficient? This is another area that is often overlooked by people when they set out to buy a compressor. When it comes to these two options, size will of course be an issue, as portable units tend to be a lot smaller than the larger, fixed units. Power will also come into question here.
Speaking of which – your power source is another consideration that must be weighed up. How are you likely going to end up powering the unit? Will it be an electrically ran unit, or will it be a petrol / diesel model? This could be a big issue in a factory type setting where a cleaner power source may be required, so an electrically powered unit would be more ideal in this kind of situation.
However, the true power usually lies with the larger, petrol / diesel powered units. These would be ideal in a workshop or outdoor setting, where big power is needed for tools and other items requiring compressed air.
It is also a good idea to choose a manufacturer with a proven track record, as you will find that guarantee conditions are often more favourable with these kinds of companies. This is also the case with spare parts and servicing. There are many companies that will sell the compressor to you, and this is the end of the line, as far as customer / company relationship goes. It will be more favourable in the long run to choose a manufacturer who also has a spare parts and servicing service for you compressor. This could save you money later on down the road, should anything happen to your compressor. Naturally, over time, parts wear down and need replacing, so having done this little bit of research prior to purchase could save you a lot of hassle in the future.
Associated Compressor Engineers, manufacturers of Ace Compressors, were founded in 1982. They provide air compressor equipment to Blue Chip Clients such as police authorities and other public authorities.
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