Air Compressors & others Electric Tools

How to Use an Air Compressor

Air compressors operate by having compressed air stored in a tank. The air is then released in a controlled manner to properly operate different tool attachments. These include grinding and sanding equipment to air wrenches to painting tools and air nailers.

Air is pumped by the electric motor to a storage tank which is under pressure then maintains the pumping in order to power the tools. With the use of air hoses, the tank is connected to the tools. During usual tool operations, the motor of the compressor will start kicking in and automatically shuts off when the tank’s air pressure fluctuates.

Air compressors are sold by different manufacturers but make use of one of a few mechanical designs. From these suppliers come the different types of compressors. We have the piston-style, diaphragm style and also oil-less diaphragm.

Common to all models, we have here the basic steps in how to use an air compressor:

  1. Plug in the Compressor. Using a flat and firm work area, place the compressor here. Ensure that the power switch is off. Then, plug the power cord into a grounded electrical outlet.
  2. Check the Oil. Make sure there is enough supply of oil in the crankcase when your compressor is a piston-type. Peer into the sight gauge to see the oil level. This part is located at the compressor motor’s bottom. If necessary, add more oil to bring the oil up to the gauge’s full mark.After every use, don’t forget to check the level of oil.
  3. Keep the Air Tank Full. Tighten the drain valve located at the air tank’s bottom part using an adjustable wrench. Do so in a clockwise direction. Turn on the switch and let it run for a few minutes. At 100 to 115 psi, check to see if the compressor will turn off automatically. Depending on the model, the capacity of the tank will vary.
  4. Adjust the Air Control Valve. Make sure the control valve matches the maximum air pressure on the used air tool.
  5. Connect the Air Hose. The air hose should be connected to the compressor. The hose’s length should be enough to reach the work area. Other compressors have hose fittings that are quick to connect to the air tank.
  6. Connect the Pneumatic Tool. Connect to the other side of the air hose the air tool with the use of a quick-connect fitting. Pull the hose’s collar and push it on the tool’s air intake.
  7. Drain Moisture.After usage, drain the moisture by removing the drain valve located at the tank’s bottom.

These are by far the steps in how to use an air compressor. The steps are also applicable in how to use 30-gallon air compressor.