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Further Tips on Buying Air Compressors

Air Compressors Buyers' Guide

Longevity. Unlike a lot of other machinery, air compressors can last a good while. A well maintained reciprocating air compressor should give you 10 – 15 years service, and a rotary screw compressor should keep going day in, day out for 20 – 30 years. This is a further good reason for buying your air compressor with care and not basing your decision solely on the price.

The models. A good manufacturer has a broad selection of models for you to choose from. This means that any dealer offering all the models of a range of manufacturers will almost certainly have something to suit you. So if you like the look of a certain air compressor but are not completely happy with the power output, you’ll easily find a better alternative without a significant increase in price.

Revolutions per minute (RPM). Air compressors are single speed machines that work at a certain RPM. To cut costs, some manufacturers build smaller air compressors with high RPMs that create the same CFM and PSI outputs as more expensive models. These high speed air compressors, however, have a lower operating life than their lower RPM equivalents. And air compressors with lower RPMs are quieter. So if you’re trying to choose between air compressors that produce the same CFM and PSI but have different RPMs, it may be best to opt for the lower RPM model.

The customer is king. There are a lot of air compressors out there so get the details of a range of dealers in your area, talk to them and don’t buy until you’re completely satisfied.

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