Published at Thursday, August 09th 2018. by Noelle Rodriquez in Air Compressor.
All reciprocating air compressors throw out some oil with the air they compress. When the tank reaches its designed pressure limit, a switch will interrupt electrical power to the motor. Simultaneously, a certain amount of oily air will be released into the shop environment. You may see oil collecting on the wall behind the compressor and on the pump and compressor as well over time. This is not cause for alarm but periodic cleaning may be needed.
And, often times, these compressors end up blowing more car fuses than they do blowing up flat tires. The VIAIR 90P Portable Compressor, however, avoids these kinds of mishaps by drawing power directly from your car’s battery. It uses heavy duty alligator clips, like those on your jumper cables, to hook up easily to the battery for power to this compressor, no matter where you are.
Compression not only produces heat but squeezes water out of the air which ends up in the tank. Tanks can rust internally over time and if this is not controlled, the rusted air tank can eventually explode causing considerable damage and even death. That is why it is really important to evacuate the tank of water regularly. Most air compressors come equipped with a drain valve at the lowest point of the tank. If you dont want to spray water all over the floor under the unit, you may want to consider piping it from the valve to another place such as under the floor or into a drain. Piped water will flow uphill into a sink because it is being pushed out of the tank by compressed air.
One of the most important things that you need to pay attention to is the noise factor. Most of airbrush compressors are extremely loud, so you need strong nerves to withstand all that. More expensive and more sophisticated models do not have these problems, but the question is how much it's worth. You have to find a balance when it comes to your needs and budget.
A few years ago I got a letter from my cousin back in Florida. He is a portable air compressor too. He works with a roofing company contractor. I could never do that sort of work because I am too big. Luckily, my cousin is just the right size and can be used up on the roof. I guess the workers just take him right on up and secure him to their roofing jacks. This seems dangerous to me, but different strokes for different folks.
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