Installation is hard work as well as smart work, which is what inspires mechanics and DIY-ers to adopt the balance that air tools bring to their work ethic. Imagine an air-powered impact wrench and how it can quadruple as drill, hammer, shears and sander. Your projects will certainly thank you for the air compressor system you are going to install in your garage to help enhance the efficiency of your air tools. From paintwork to media blasting, you need these power tools, and picking the right compressor can make a world of difference.
Choose Your Compressor
There are important factors each deserving of attention when you are out compressor shopping
The reserve air that your compressor tank can hold is measured in gallons. You can reduce the load on the motor simply by getting a tank with a large capacity. Air cycling and replacement will not take as long. This also cuts down noise levels produced as a result of small tanks constantly needing to replenish the air inside.
Cubic Feet Per Minute (cfm)
How much air can an air compressor push? This is cfm; there is even a cfm rating where air tools are concerned. This value should be less than the output of your chosen compressor or the tools will function improperly. For example, if an impact wrench comes with a 5.1 cfm rating and you have a compressor rated at 9 cfm, you have yourself an ideal combo. For air tools that exceed 11 cfm you will require more powerful compressors, like those in excess of 14 cfm. In short, your compressor’s cfm rating has to be more than that of your air tool.
There is a certain time period (duty cycle) within which a compressor’s motor can safely function before it needs to sleep and cool down in the process. Suppose you get your hands on a compressor with a 50% duty cycle. This means it can function well for half a given time period before it needs to be shut down. Sanders and grinders are air tools that are often continuously used. As you can imagine, the shorter the duty cycle the less efficiently you are going to be able to use such tools. Once you find a compressor with a big motor and tank, see if it also comes with a 50% or more duty cycle.
Pounds Per Square Inch (psi)
What is the pressure at which air is sent to the compressor? This is measured in psi. Air tools need a minimum pressure for them to work right. At 90 psi, most air tools can perform well. There are of course compressors that exceed this value, but first give the compressor’s cfm output a go at 90 psi. The experiment will reveal if the compressor and air tools in your collection are compatible. The greater the psi rating the more compatible the compressor.
What is your compressor’s motor output? This is measured in horsepower. However, it is best to judge compressor efficiency on its psi and cfm rating. Then again, more the horsepower, more the psi and cfm ratings.
Getting To Work – Plumbing In Your Compressor
Do not go full ‘eye of the tiger’, throw on a fast-disconnect air hose, and carry on with the job. You absolutely need to perform some plumbing, which will take a bit of time and effort. Each garage is different, and this influences space and requirements.
There is no perfect step-by-step guide to plumbing in an air compressor. Some work while others do not. This one has proven to work in most cases.
- Get yourself a kit that contains a sturdy and flexible ½-inch o.d. Puvex hose (length: 50 feet); tee fittings, straight unions, and elbows included.
- Take a small length of the hose and start the setup. Follow this up with a dryer/filter. In air compressors, it is not uncommon to see small quantities of oil and condensation pass around. These can be terrible for paint jobs, needless to see their dire effect on clump blasting media and your air tools.
- If you want a recommendation for a dryer that should definitely have a shut-off valve, pressure gauge, and regulator (among other essentials), go for the DeVilbiss QC3.
What if you already have an air compressor and you wish to make a few upgrades to it that are in line with what we are sharing in this guide? Your system most probably has hard lines made of galvanized steel, copper, and so on. Target the air outlet(s) and add a second filter as close to it as you can manage. If the pipes contain any debris, oil, or corrosion, this filter will sieve them out before they reach your air tools.
- Moisture is an air compressor’s worst enemy. A good filter will keep it from reaching other system components. However, a tiny portion will get through no matter what.
- Do not take this lightly. This is where drain valves help. In the plumbing setup you have going, insert a drain valve at every drop leg. The last thing you need is condensation accessing your air tools.
- Recommendations? Go for the DeVilbiss CAMAIR Automatic Drain.
The final stage of the plumbing setup includes delivering air supply to the right places inside your compressor. Line running is a simple affair using the Puvex air hose we mentioned earlier; in the kit. This hose should certainly be resistant to abrasions; it should definitely be flexible.
Finally, take a moment to plan for the future. Suppose you have ideas to get a blasting cabinet installed. A shut off valve and tee fitting in the wall where this cabinet will probably go is a good move. If you know you are going to be involved in a lot of paint jobs, air hose reels can be a huge convenience; no need to drape them over your car or truck. Add shut off valves where needed for heightened safety.
With these simple processes, you can install a superb air compressor in your garage that will rise to all or most project requirements. Do not forget to get air tools to go with your compressor; helps ease the workload, promotes productivity, and cuts risk and delay
This Article Was Written By James Weisz, The Founder Of http://rexgarden.com, A Blog About Pool Care Tips
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