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Air compressors are pieces of equipment which pressurize air in a storage tank, which creates kinetic energy that can be used to power pneumatic tools and other machinery. Air compressors may utilize electric motors or gas engines, and can be small and portable or large and stationary. Portable models range from home-use air compressors for small jobs throughout the house, to contractor-grade air compressors that include single-stage compressors, wheelbarrow compressors, twin-stack compressors, and truck-mount compressors. Stationary compressors are bolted into a single location a directly wired to the building, garage, or worksite. Air compressors are versatile machines that can be used to power HVAC control systems, jackhammers, sanders, grinders, nail guns, spray-painters, drills, wrenches, and ratchets, as well as to directly apply the pressurized air for inflating or cleaning.
New and used air compressors for sale on Equipment Trader are manufactured by companies including Airman, Atlas Copco, Daewoo, Doosan, Ingersoll-Rand, Kaeser, Sullair, and Sullivan. When looking to buy an air compressor, there are a number of factors to consider, including the necessary pressure and volume. The size of the tank needed will also depend on how long you need the compressor to run. Working outside with large machinery often requires the use of a gas engine, and industrial sized air compressors will typically need to be lubricated with oil.
Before using an air compressor, be sure to familiarize yourself with emergency shut-off valves and switches so that you can shut it down at a moment's notice. Both the air compressor and any tools should be turned off before connecting; once connected, the air compressor should be turned on first to ensure that you do not lose control of the tool. It's also important to protect yourself when working with an air compressor, including the use of dust masks, hearing protection, and safety goggles, as well as securing the compressor so the vibrations don't cause it to “walk” away and keeping the work area well ventilated to guard against potentially dangerous fumes released by the compressor engine. Routine maintenance should include draining the tank of water build-up after every use (if the tank begins to rust, it's at risk of exploding under pressure!), checking lubrication, changing intake filters, and checking all hoses and cords. Maintenance on pneumatic tools should be preceded by shutting off the air, releasing the air pressure, and disengaging the hose.