Choosing the Right Commercial Air Compressor

commercial air compressor

If you are looking for a commercial- or industrial-grade air compressor, you’ll want to choose a model that offers a more power than those designed for residential use. Important factors to consider during the commercial air compressor selection process include your specific power requirements for the types of air tools you use on a regular basis and where you will be using the compressor.

Will Your Commercial Air Compressor Remain in One Place?

Most commercial air compressors are designed to be stationary, as they are often used in one facility and do not need to move from place to place. These units, which are larger and more powerful, have spacious tanks for increased air storage capacity.

most commercial air compressors are designed to be stationaryHowever, if your business is construction or a similar operation in which you must frequently move from one job site to another, portable commercial air compressors can meet your needs. These models typically can’t match a stationary commercial air compressor’s power output, although they offer the advantage of mobility. Quincy’s QP pressure-lubricated solution does offer high output for rugged mobile applications.

There is also a direct correlation between location and air compressor motor type. While an electrically powered commercial air compressor is less expensive and easier to maintain, you will need a reliable source of electricity to operate it. This could pose an issue for operations that constantly move from one job site to another. Gas-powered units can make a better choice in these situations, although they tend to be more costly to purchase and operate.

Does the Commercial Air Compressor Meet Your Power Requirements?

Whether a stationary or portable air compressor is best suited for your commercial applications, it must meet your unique power requirements. The best way to determine this is to add up the cubic feet per minute (cfm) rating for all of the pneumatic tools you’ll be using simultaneously, then add another 25% to provide a margin for error. The compressor’s pound-force per square inch gauge (psig) should meet or exceed that of your highest-rated tool.

Single-stage vs. Two-stage Commercial Air Compressor

While rotary screw air compressors are generally the preferred choice for heavy-duty commercial/industrial use, reciprocating air compressors can serve the purpose in smaller facilities. However, a two-stage unit, which consists of two pistons that actually compress the air twice, are regarded as more efficient when using air tools such as air hammers, grinders and impact wrenches.

a two-stage unit consists of two pistons that compress the air twice

Understanding Commercial Compressor Tank Size

The appropriate commercial air compressor tank size is based on air tool type and use. For instance, if you primarily use tools such as nailers and staplers that require short, intermittent bursts of air, a smaller tank should meet your needs. If you use sanders, grinders or other tools that tend to run for longer periods of time, a larger tank size is the better option.

Contact Quincy Compressor for All of Your Commercial Air Compressor Needs

With nearly a century of experience in providing high-quality, reliable air compression products and services, you can trust Quincy Compressor for expert commercial air compressor guidance. Contact us for more information today.

Use our sales and service locator page to find a reputable Quincy dealer near you.