What is an air compressor? It is a device built for conversion of power into what is known as a potential energy and then stores it into the compressed air. They are responsible for the supply of an uninterrupted flow of air to all the components in a system. They work regularly in the compression phase and the release phase. Keep in mind that an air compressor can be powered by electricity, diesel and gas. A compressor can easily detect when the storage tank is completely filled up and then shut down itself. The compressed air remained stored in the tank until it's time for use. Once a tank is empty, the air compressor resumes working again.
The volume of air delivered by a compressor is mostly measured in a Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM). Some air compressors are built with self-cooling properties. This means they hardly witness high operating temperatures while in use. Not all of them are built with this feature. Some are cooled by oil or weather condition.
Air compressors can be classified into three categories depending on the kind of pressure being delivered, and they are:
Low-pressure air compressor: it delivers a total amount of pressure at 150psi.
Mid-pressure air compressor: unlike the first, it delivers an amount of pressure from 150psi to as high as 1000psi.
High-pressure air compressor: as the name implies, this category of compressor delivers pressure above 1000psi.
Having highlighted that, we would like to introduce the Porter Cable 30 gallon air compressor and all of its specifications:
It comes with a 1.6 horsepower dual motor for extreme performance. This also increases its level of reliability. The voltage of this air compressor can be transformed from 120V to 240V.
Durable cylinder pump with Cast Iron: it comes with V-twin cylinder pump that helps to freely discharge heat and deliver smooth operation.
Oil pump: the lubricated oil pump makes for easy accessibility for maintenance purpose.
30-gallon air tank: it is designed with strong and firm tires with concomitant to deliver both in-house use and on-site tasks, see more details in this guide.
Accessible controls: all of its controls are crafted for quick reach such as the air outlet for connecting the hose, a gauge tank for better monitoring and the switch to turn on and off.
It runs at 90psi but a maximum of 135psi. However, according to our earlier explanation, it is categorized as a low-pressure air compressor.
10" balance wheel for easy movement
There is a strong belt protection for the operator.
It comes with a two year warranty
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Although there are mainly three types of air compressors :
Rotary screw: this type of compressors are easy to use in terms of maintenance and operation. They are usually compact sized and are built to a maximum output coupled with a long and durable lifespan. They usually come with two rotors and some of them are oil free.
Reciprocating: this type of compressor integrated a piston which is then controlled by a crankshaft to render gases at maximum pressure levels. Gas is usually taken in, compressed by the piston which moves in a reciprocating state and is then finally dissipated. It is also mostly referred to as piston compressor.
Centrifugal: it is built in a radial pattern. Here, air is drawn by the blades of the radial property and propelled to the center. There is usually an involvement of a kinetic energy which is converted into a pressure form by diffusion before the air is then used for discharge.
Each of the various types of air compressors have distinctive features. Their use depends on what kind of operation they are needed for.
It is expedient that an air compressor is properly maintained in order to avoid leakages. However, maximum supervision should be allotted to air compressors and in cases where there is the need to replace certain parts, it is imperative to do so. The below supervision and maintenance tasks should be carried out regularly by whoever uses the compressor:
Paying maximum attention to oil or leakages.
Monitoring the pressure stored in the filter responsible for compressing the air
Checking the oil regularly to know the right time for oil replacement
Checking the temperature while in use to prevent the compressor from overheating.