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What to Consider when Choosing an Industrial Air Compressor
July 31, 2020

Are you looking for an industrial air compressor in Quebec? Then you will want to carefully choose a unit that best suits your requirements as this machine is not a small investment. Therefore, it’s important to consider the factors that can greatly affect your decision.


Here are some things to take into account during your selection process:



Power Requirements

Given the different types of industrial air compressors in Quebec, it's crucial to select a compressor that matches your power requirements. To calculate this, you have to sum up the cubic feet per minute rating for all of the pneumatic tools you are using. Then add another up about 25%-30% for a margin for error. The pound-force psig (per square inch gauge) of your equipment must meet or exceed your highest-rated tool.


Tank Size

Choosing the size of the correct tank of air compressor is based on the kind of pneumatic tools you have and their application. If your tool selection consists mostly of staple guns and nailers that require short yet intermittent air pressure, then a smaller tank will suffice. On the other hand, if you have grinders, sanders and other tools that operate for a longer period of time, a larger tank is probably the better option.


Single-stage Vs. Two-stage

You have many options when it comes to choosing an industrial air compressor. You can opt for reciprocating pistons if you have a smaller facility but for heavy-duty use, rotary screw units would be a better choice. Also, if you have wrenches, grinders and air hammers, a two-stage air compressor that consists of two pistons that compress air twice is considered more efficient.


Specific Application

Many industrial air compressors are designed to be used in a fixed location as some of them are incredibly powerful units with large tanks. However, if your application requires a mobile use of compressed air such as in construction, portable units are a perfect solution. While they can’t match the power output of a stationary air compressor, they bring the benefit of mobility allowing you to move it from one site to another.


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