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Air Compressor Buyer's Guide

How to Pick the Perfect Air Compressor

By Gabrielle Framke  |  Air Compressor Expert
When you think about it, air compressors are pretty awesome machines that make work easier.

They utilize a powerful motor that squeezes air into a steel storage tank.

When the compressed air is released, the pressure produces a gale force wind capable of powering pneumatic tools.

Air compressors come in three unique grades:


Consumer-grade air compressors are made for smaller air needs around the house. If you need to inflate sporting goods, toys and tires and not much more, this is the right grade for you.

Consumer compressors can do more than just inflate things though. They can run air tools without large air needs, such as brad guns and staplers.

However, if you want to run big tools or multiple ones at the same time, you'll need to get a more powerful compressor.

How to Pick The Perfect Consumer Air Compressor


Contractor-grade air compressors are built to withstand the rigors of a job-site. Designed with building professionals in mind, these are portable, either hand-carry, on a wheeled cart or attached to a vehicle.

Contractor-grade compressors can be utilized for a myriad of purposes, but are primarily used to power nail-guns and roadside repair tools.

If you're constantly running multiple air tools and have very large air demands, look to commercial-grade compressors.

How to Pick the Perfect Contractor Air Compressor


If you need a steady supply of compressed air day-in, day-out, commercial-grade air compressors are perfect for you. These heavy-duty compressors feature the most advanced technology and superior performance.

Commercial air compressors are found in auto-body shops, manufacturing facilities and for extreme applications such as powering roller coasters and machinery on oil rigs.

The price tags on commercial-grade compressors reflect the high-quality and performance, necessitated by the most demanding compressed air needs.

How to Pick The Perfect Commercial Air Compressor