In our previous article you could already discover the different types of air compressors that MARK has to offer. In this article we’ll explore which air compressor is ideal for air tools. What do you look for? How can you determine which air compressor you’ll need? Read all about it.
The first thing to determine is the type of air tool you will be using, and for what purpose. Industrial air tools like industrial wrenches, jackhammers and rock drills will have different requirements than air tools used in a DIY-setting, like for instance sanders, nail guns or small pneumatic drills.
The most important requirement of your air tool is the Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM). To start looking for the right air compressor, keep these tips in mind:
So you’ve determined the CFM your air tools will require. Time to start looking for the right air compressor!
As we’ve already mentioned, what air compressor you’ll need for your air tools all depends on the type of work you will be doing. You can read more about the types of air compressors MARK has to offer, but in a nutshell, it boils down to this:
So apart from the CFM you need, the size and weight of your air compressor is definitely something to consider.
By ‘size’ of air compressor we don’t mean the actual size, but rather the maximum CFM capacity. The size of your air compressor depends on the CFM your air tools require.
Of course, the actual tank size might also be an issue: if you need an air compressor that’s light but powerful, you’ll need to select one that has a smaller tank but a high CFM capacity.
Want to make a rough estimation on what tank size you’ll need? Just multiply the CFM or your air tool by 6. For instance: if your air compressor has a CFM of 8, you’ll need a tank that holds approximately 48 liters, at least.
To conclude, these are the essential factors when selecting an air compressor: