Air Compressors: The Ultimate Guide

Air Compressors - The Ultimate Guide

Air compressors are one of the most useful things you can have in your garage. They can power a bunch of other tools. So once you have a compressor you can potentially save money by buying air tools. If you want an air compressor the bottom line is that you need to know about them. How to choose one? How to maintain it? What you can do with it?

Air compressors can supercharge your workshop. In this guide I’m going to show you everything you need to know about air compressors.

Let’s jump right in.

Contents

Become an Compressed Air Expert With The Ultimate Guide

Here’s how to get started. When you click one of the chapter links below, it will jump you to the chapter of your choice. So, get started and pick a chapter you like.

Chapter 1 – Save Money by Looking After Your Air Compressor

Chapter 2 – Safety Tips to Keep You and Your Family Safe

Chapter 3 – Get Great Value From Your Compressor With The Right Tools

Chapter 4 – Accessorize Your Air Compressor For Your Task

Chapter 5 – Who Makes Air Compressors? Learn Who’s Best to Buy From

Chapter 6 – Unexpected Uses of Compressed Air That Will Make You Think

Chapter 7 – Who Needs Gas or Electric Vehicles? Air Power For Transport

Chapter 8 – Air Cars Vs Electric Cars

Chapter 1 – Save Money by Looking After Your Air Compressor

You need to know how to maintain your air compressor. If you look after you air compressor it’s going to last longer and be safer to use too. Spending hundreds of dollars on a new air compressor when you don’t need to is the last thing you want to do. Luckily regularly maintaining your equipment means you can save your cash.

How to Maintain Your Air Compressor
Air Compressor Maintenance
11 Tips for Air Compressor Maintenance
How to Maintain an Air Compressor  Video
Preventative Maintenance: How to Keep Your Air Compressor Running Smoothly
10 Useful Tips for Air Compressor Maintenance

Chapter 2 – Safety Tips to Keep You and Your Family Safe

Knowing how to safely use an air compressor is essential. Compressed air can be very powerful and if used the wrong way it can hurt people. You need to use your compressor in a way that keeps you, your family and your co-workers safe. It’s not hard to stay safe if you know what the dangers are.

Blown Away How Compressed Air Risks Lives
Tips for Working Safely With Compressed Air
The No-pressure Approach to Air Compressor Safety
Compressed Air Safety – General Safety Requirements For Compressed Air
Air Compressor Safety Tips
Air Compressor Safety – A Few Air Compressor Safety Tips
Air Compressor Safety Guidlines Video

Chapter 3 – Get Great Value From Your Compressor With The Right Tools

We all know that an air compressor isn’t much use on it’s own. There are many tools that run on compressed air. Depending on what you want to do there is nearly a tool for every occasion. So if it’s running a nail gun, a paint spray or a circle saw we’ve got you covered.

Join the Air Force: 8 Pneumatic Tools That Help Around the House
Different Types of Air Tools for Air Compressors
Types of Pneumatic Tools
Upgrade Your Garage With Compressed Air Tools
Air Compressors & Pneumatic Tools Video

Chapter 4 – Accessorize Your Air Compressor For Your Task

You need to know what accessories you can add to your air compressor system to help you do you job. Air hoses, leak detectors, liquid filled pressure gauges and more really add to an air compressor system. It’s important to be sure that your accessories are up to the job and work properly when you need them.

Air Compressor Accessories
9 Essential Air Compressor Accessories
6 Air Compressor Accessories That Make the Job Easier
Air Compressor Accessories from Compressed Air Systems
Air Compressor, Line Setup and How to Use Air Tools for Beginners Video

Chapter 5 – Who Makes Air Compressors? Learn Who’s Best to Buy From

There are many manufactures both big and small making air compressors. When you go to buy a compressor it helps to know a bit about the manufacturer. What reputation do they have? Do they provide a warranty? How expensive are they? Knowing these things will help you make a good decision.

Top 10 Air Compressor Manufacturers
A List of Air-Compressor Manufacturers
Top Brands of Air Compressors on the Market
American/USA Made Air Compressors
What is the Best Air Compressor Brand?

Chapter 6 – Unexpected Uses of Compressed Air That Will Make You Think

Beyond the basic practical uses of air compressors and compressed air people have come up with many wild and weird uses for compressed air. Here are some of the most awesome applications out there. From potato launchers to snowmakers these will blow your mind.

Snow at Home – Make Real Snow at Home With a Home Snowmaking Machine!
Make a Powerful PVC Air Cannon with Coaxial Piston Valve
The world’s easiest-to-build potato cannon (spud gun)
7 Weird Places You Might Find an Industrial Air Compressor
Stunt Air Ramp For Launching People Video

Chapter 7 – Who Needs Gas or Electric Vehicles? Air Power For Transport

Over the years innovators have experimented with compressed air to power vehicles. From the practical to the whimsical these experiments include an entire working tram system in Nantes in France to a full size working car made out of lego. Currently a company in Luxembourg is developing tiny air cars for city travel while theme parks around the world power their rollercoasters launch systems with compressed air.

AIR POD – A new experience in urban mobility
Life Size Lego Car Powered by Air Video
Mekarski System –  A Compressed-Air Propulsion System For Trams
Honda Air: The Compressed-Air Sportscar
Saline Bird – Super Bike Powered by Compressed Air
World’s Fastest Rollercoaster Launch – Dodonpa Video

Chapter 8 – Air Cars Vs Electric Cars

In chapter 7 you found out about many wonderful air powered vehicles but how practical are they? They do have their advantages including zero pollution from the vehicle itself, decent range and efficiency but how do they stack up compared to modern electric vehicles. Can an tank full of compressed air compete with a battery?

Air Cars vs. Electric Cars vs. Hybrids – Which are Greener?
The Myth of the Clean Compressed-Air Car Continues
Is There a Future for Compressed Air Cars?
Air Car Advantages – How the Air Car Works
Whatever Happened To That Compressed Air Car Anyway?

 

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