Which Air Compressor is Best for Me?
The type of air compressor you need will depend on the task and the tools you want your compressor to operate. Since there different types and power sources for these units, it is important to understand the differences between them. See below for how to decide which type is best for you.
Why Do You Need an Air Compressor?
Air compressors are incredibly useful tools that can be used to power air tools for a variety of projects around the house.
An electric air compressor is a versatile machine that can perform a variety of tasks when attached to air tools. Air tools offer many benefits, including:
- More torque and power than conventional power tools
- Increased durability due to fewer moving parts
- Ease of use
- Interchangeable between jobs
You can use an air compressor with air tools for maintenance and craft projects around the house, repair jobs in the garage, construction projects on the job site, or industrial projects in the shop. By using nail guns, hammers, spray guns, wrenches, drills, sprayers, sanders, saws, tire inflators and other air tools, you can inflate tires, paint a fence, build a deck, repair your truck or car, roof your home or remodel your house.
Compressors are available in a wide array of sizes and styles. Choosing the one that’s right for you depends on how you will use it and your personal preference.
Before you go shopping for an air compressor, ask yourself the following questions:
- Where will I be using the air compressor?
- Is there an electrical outlet nearby?
- What tools will I want my air compressor to operate?
Types of Air Compressors
The type of air compressor you need will depend on the task and the tools you want your compressor to operate. Since there are different types and power sources for these units, it is important to understand the differences between them.
Provides maximum portability and is ideal for roofing, remodeling, car maintenance and clean-up. Twin stack style features a low-profile for added stability on uneven surfaces.
Lightweight and portable, the pancake style is great for locations where you might be concerned about space limitations. Pancake style is ideal for building, inflation, crafts and outdoor cleanup.
Wheels provide easy maneuvering and mobility for building and maintenance job sites. These are slightly larger than pancake style compressors.
Vertical style units have a vertical tank orientation. This configuration is used for larger capacity tanks and stationary units.
Oil-free air compressors rely on components that are made from self-lubricating materials that allow the piston to lubricate the cylinder while the unit is operating. Oil-free units tend to be smaller and lighter.
Typically these are larger, heavy-duty units, that require oil to operate. Oil is used to lubricate the moving parts of the pump and prevent excessive wear or damage to the unit. These units require routine oil-related maintenance.
Your air compressor can attach to air tools, also known as pneumatic tools. These attachments can be used for maintenance and craft projects around the house, repair jobs in the garage, construction projects on the job site or industrial projects in the shop. Air tools include nail guns, staplers, impact wrenches, spray guns, grinders, hammers, etc.
Always ensure the use of appropriately matched air tools with your Briggs & Stratton Air Compressor. Be sure that the air compressor being used can supply the appropriate volume, pressure and delivery rate of air to the tool(s) without running continuously. Using tools or combinations of tools that, together or separately, require more than the air compressor can deliver will void the air compressor guarantee/warranty.
Compatible air tools can be found in your Operator’s Manual.