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Air compressors have a number of uses such as spray-painting, tyre inflation, and nailing, stapling, sanding, drilling, cutting, grinding and air ratchets. The appropriate air compressor can be used not only in professional environments such as garages and spray shops but also for many DIY projects around the home.
Choose from electric, petrol, or diesel compressors suitable for all levels, a vast selection of screw and silenced compressors, and a range of air accessories and air tools that perfectly complement them.
An air compressor turns engine power into compressed air. The air is compressed into a tank and is then controlled by a pressure switch that automatically shuts off the motor when the maximum working pressure is achieved, measured in Pounds per Square Inch or PSI. With the use of air compressors the compressed air is released from the tank, generating power, until the pressure in the tank drops and a switch triggers the motor into operation automatically filling the tank again.
The capacity or size of the tank is closely tied to the performance of the air compressor. The size of the tank determines the amount of pressurised air that can be stored by the compressor. The compressor will run until the desired pressure is reached within the tank then it will shut off. When the tank pressure drops below the minimal limit the pump reactivates. It is not recommended to use the compressor while the pump is filling the tank so a bigger tank allows for longer use of the pneumatic tool.