Our advice to you? Choosing a compressor that can produce the most air at the lowest pressure!
The world of air compressors can be a bit tricky to navigate, especially with the many acronyms, data points, and specifications that abound. That's where we come in.
CFM, or cubic feet per minute, is the compressor’s flow rate, or the amount of air that a compressor can produce at a given pressure level. This is the compressor’s capacity rating and is tied with PSI as the most important specification to consider when selecting a compressor.
PSI, or pounds per square inch, is the amount of force that an air compressor can deliver. This is the pressure rating of the compressor and is tied with CFM as the most important specification to consider when selecting a compressor.
HP, or horsepower, is the amount of work that a motor can perform. HP is not as important as pressure and flow in determining if your compressor will work for you, given that it’s not the most accurate measurement of how much air a compressor can produce.
dBA. The loudness of the compressor, measured in decibels. This doesn’t impact the performance of the compressor, but does impact working conditions.
Tank Size. Compressors typically have tanks to store the pressurized air they produce.
Duty Cycle. Defined as the amount of time a compressor can run before it has to be shut down.
Lubrication. Compressors can be oil-lubricated or oil-free. Depending on the quality of air needed by your application, one will be better than the other.
Air compressor sheets for compressors between 0-10 horsepower.
Air compressor specification sheets for 10-25 horsepower compressors.
Air compressor specification sheets for 25-50 horsepower compressors.
Air compressor specification sheets for 50-100 horsepower compressors.
Air compressor specification sheets for compressors 100 horsepower and above.