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What Are They – Types and Kinds Air Compressors

Air compressors are used in a variety of construction applications and Generator Depot has a variety of air compressors to meet your personal and professional needs. In order to determine the type of air compressor that you are going to need, it is important to have some basic information on exactly what an air compressor does and how it does it. This will help make it easier to determine the type of air compressor that is going to meet your needs.

There are portable and traditional air compressors. Traditional compressors are stationary while portables can be moved from location to location. The basic concept behind a compressor is that air is placed under pressure and then released in a burst. A biological example of this would be to take a deep breath, this places the air in your lungs under pressure, hold it and then release it in a burst such as the kind used to blow a candle out.

Air compressors are going to fall into a couple of categories within the traditional and portable options. The first is what is called positive displacement. Positive displacement compressors come in three types, reciprocating, rotary sliding vane and rotary screw.  This compressor works by using an air chamber, which is then filled and emptied. The second type of air compressor is known as dynamic works by increasing and decreasing the speed of the air passing through the system. Centrifugal compressors fall under the dynamic category.

An air compressor can also come in single and two stage options. A single stage option makes use of air and does not have the capacity to make use of the air and store air for future use. A two stage allows both the use of and storage of air. Most applications are going to make use of single stage. These are often the type used for applications such as sanders, spray guns, nail guns, staplers, and ratchet wrenches.

A compressor can also run on manual, electric or natural gas power. The majority of applications are going to find the most benefit in electrically powered compressors. This provides convenience, a step above manual compressors, and removes the disadvantage of gas fumes common with gas powered options.  Stores such as Generator Depot generally provide compressors for home or commercial use and provide access to common options.

Choosing the appropriate compressor is determined by how much air you are going to need for the application. Knowing the types, kinds, and options available when it comes to air compressors such as the ones from Generator Depot can help provide you with the knowledge necessary to pick the generator that is best suited to your needs.


Portable Air Compressors

Portable Air CompressorPortable air compressor is one of the most versatile and useful pieces of equipment you can have around and easy to move from one place to another.

It can literally help you perform hundreds of functions and can be taken just about anywhere and give you flexibility to the job both inside and outside the working environment. It is powered by electric, gasoline or diesel engine.

There are a variety of capacities, sizes and shapes , Most of them are a somewhat small machine, and it is usually on wheels. That way, you will be able to take it around with you.

Owning a Portable air compressor can save you the hassle of driving to a gas station every time you need air in your tires. By attaching a variety of pneumatic tools such as paint sprayers or wrenches to its hose, you can also get more value from the compressor.

How to use portable Air Compressor?

  • Locate the Portable air compressor near an electrical outlet and at least 12 inches away from the wall or other obstruction. Plug it in.
  • Place the On/Auto/Off lever in the “Off” position. Turn the regulator counterclockwise all the way.
  • Attach your hose and accessories to the air compressor. Turn the On/Auto/Off lever to the “On” position. Allow the air compressor to run until the tank is fully pressurized; it will automatically shut off.
  • Grasp the regulator knob and turn it clockwise until it reaches your desired pressure. The air compressor will cycle on and off as you use your air tools to maintain the discharge air pressure that you set with the regulator.
  • Turn the On/Auto/Off lever to the “Off” position once you’re finished using your air tools. Open the drain valve on the bottom of the tank. Allow it to drain fully.
  • Disconnect your air hoses and accessories. Unplug and store your Portable air compressor for future use

Tips and Warnings

  • Store your Portable air compressor in a warm location when not using it.
  • Storing it in a cold location makes start-up harder on the motor.
  • You must follow certain procedures to prevent serious injury.
  • Other things to consider before choosing a Portable air compressor are Power source and Tank size.


Residential Generators

Residential GeneratorsExtended periods of power loss are inconvenient and potentially dangerous, especially during cold winter months. a residential generator keeps essential electrical items in your home running despite the loss of electricity. This is particularly important for those who rely on medical equipment.There are two main types of residential generators: portable and permanent standby. Choosing the best option requires an evaluation of your electrical uses and needs for the residential generator

Choose the Right Residential Generator

  • Assess your financial situation to determine how much you have available to spend on the generator. residential generators span a wide price range, so your budget helps narrow down the selections.
  • Assess previous power loss situations. Consider how often you normally lose power and how long it is normally off. A smaller generator is likely sufficient if you don’t experience frequent power outages. If you lose your power frequently for long stretches of time, a permanent standby generator gives you a more reliable backup.
  • Identify the electrical items in your home that you want to run on the generator. This will likely include major appliances and the lights.
  • Add up the wattage needed to run each of the appliances you listed. Double that number to be on the safe side. Overloading the generator can damage it or the motors of the appliances you’re using. Also consider the start-up wattage needed to start the motors on appliances such as refrigerators.
  • Decide if a portable or permanent standby generator is best for your situation. portable generators are less expensive, and you can move them anywhere. Permanent standby generators are more expensive but are connected directly to your home’s electrical system making them easier to use.
  • Choose the type of fuel you want to use. Options include gasoline, diesel, natural gas and propane. Consider the fuel source that is most readily available in your area. Permanent standby generator run on either propane or natural gas.
  • Consider the extra features you want. Options include an electric start, shutdown when the oil is low, shutdown when the generator overheats and a portability kit that includes wheels and a handle for easier moving.
  • Consider the warranties offered with each generator option. Decide if you want to purchase an extended warranty for the generator.



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