An air compressor is a common tool used in construction and industrial style job. It contains highly pressurized air that can be used to power tools, inflate tires, clean dirt and debris, and winterize your irrigation system.
Air compressors date back as far as the 1700's. The first air compressors were mechanical, using a common piston and cylinder system. But as technology progressed the application of gas, diesel, and electric powered air compressors have become the norm.
Depending on the job and industry you work in, will depend on the size and power of the air compressor you need.
Small 1 gallon air compressors don't have the capabilities of larger 10 or 20 gallon tanks.
Air compressor size basically determines how long you can use the air compressor and the tools it powers.
For example, if you use a pneumatic tool like a high-powered staple air gun with a 1 gallon air compressor, the compressor will have to keep cycling in order to resupply the air needed to power the gun.
You won't be able to use the tool long enough until you'll have to wait for a new supply of air.
A high capacity (large gallon) air compressor will allow you to work much longer, making them great on construction sites.
At Contractor Supply LLC at air compressor rates start at:
$135/Day - $600/Week - $1,800/Month
Air compressors utilized pressurized air. The air can be used to power a wide variety of equipment/tools or complete a job as simple as inflating tires.
One of the most common uses for air compressors... inflating tires.
When your car has low tire pressure, it creates more friction between your tires and the road. This leads to more wear and if not fixed quickly, will lower the lifespan of your tires.
It can also cause your tires to overheat, smoke, and lose material... which could lead to an accident or worse.
Most cars have their own small-mini air compressors to use during emergencies.
It doesn't have to be car tires either! Wheelbarrows, four by fours, bicycles, trucks, and anything else that has air filled tires can use an air compressor for super quick and easy inflation!
Just be sure not to over-inflate!
Pneumatic tools are ones that are powered by air pressure.
Although pneumatic tools are not as popular as battery or electric powered, there are still a high-quality air equipment you can purchase:
•Paint Spray Gun
•Sand Blasting Gun
If you have a "do-it-yourself" type project at home, you might benefit of using some high powered air tools like a nail gun or paint spray gun.
During the winter, leftover water can damage irrigation systems.
Water will freeze and expand. This will end up damaging pipes and hoses.
So before the cold hits, it's always a good idea to clean out the water before it turns to ice!
The best way to do this is by hooking up an air compressor to your irrigation system. The high pressure air will shoot through all your irrigation and clear out the remaining water.
A paint spray gun can be hooked up to an air compressor. It is one of the most popular painting methods out there for contractors and home owners.
Instead of using an old fashioned paintbrush or roller, you can quickly cover a large surface area by spraying it on a wall, floor, or ceiling.
Even better is these paint spray guns will provide an even layer over the entire area, leaving no uneven surfaces or need to repaint.
Want to clean out all that nasty dirt, debris, and dust from in the cracks and edges?
A high pressure stream of air will clear out all the crap with ease.
Similar to how you use a keyboard cleaner to spray air in-between all those cracks underneath the keys.
Clean equipment, the floors, walls, underneath and behind furniture, and anywhere else you see fit.
Sandblasting works by blasting fine granulated sand through the utilization of an air compressor with high air flow. The high pressure/high speed sand is powerful and removes the surface material.
Sandblasting is a great way to remove tough debris and layers of material from a surface and help smooth it out.
It's also excellent at removing layers of metal, to get rid of scratches and marks.
Although they seem harmless, air compressors can still be dangerous if not used properly. Here are the top safety tips you must follow if you decide to purchase or rent an air compressor.
Before firing up your air compressor, check its current state.
•Is it in need of repairs?
•Are there dents or damages to any components?
•Are there any leaks?
•Is everything tightened down?
These are all questions you should be asking yourself when inspecting your compressor. If everything passes, fire it up and get to work!
High pressure air can damage your eyes. The air itself shoots out in such velocity that if directed at your eyeball it can lead to injury.
Another issue is if you're using an air compressor to spray off and clean dirt, debris can fly in all different directions.
If you're unlucky enough a screw or sharp piece of scrap can end up in your eye, causing permanent damage.
100% of eye injuries are preventable! Use protection and you'll never have to worry!
If an air compressor has sustained damaged or is of old age, it can cause the actual air tank to leak.
Check the air pressure gauge. If during use the pressure gauge goes down, it is most likely an air leak. Check the valves, hose, and tanks for any visible leaks.
Air leakage can lead components of the compressor to blow due to the constant change in air pressure.
If your air compressor is gas powered, you should already know to use it outside in a well-ventilated area away from the house or indoors.
Using gas powered equipment inside can cause a carbon monoxide buildup, even in a well-ventilated room.
Carbon monoxide is odorless, tasteless, and you cannot see it.
Worst part is, it can kill you in minutes.
Use gas-power outdoors!
As with any line or hose, you must be especially careful that you watch your step.
Air compressor hoses can be long and can cause individuals to trip and fall. This is too common in busy construction work areas.
Mark the area off with cones so that people are aware to the danger of the hose.
Always be in reach of the shut off valve!
In case of an emergency, it's best that you can shut off the air compressor as quickly as possible.
Air compressors are still used for many pneumatic tools today. If you're interested in renting or purchasing an air compressor, make a pit-stop at Contractors Supply LLC in Stamford CT. We carry the popular 'Airman' compressor brand!
We serve the towns of Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Norwalk, Westport, Fairfield, New Canaan and the entire Connecticut/New York area for air compressor rental and sale!
Give us a call and we will be happy to answer any questions and check equipment availability - (203) 323-3752
All our equipment is tested and verified before use!
We are located at:
17 Viaduct Road, Stamford, CT 06907