So you might be asking why we are talking about compressors today. Well we have been running of a smaller 21 gallon air compressor, but it was pushing it to its limits. It was time to upgrade.
About a week ago, our small compressor stopped compressing right in the middle of a custom screen printing job. Here is the compressor we had – Central Pnuematic 21 Gallon Compressor
Since I love taking things apart, I imediatly tore it apart to see if I could see what happend. I found that one of the check valves had snapped in half. Lukily I found the part on ebay for $15.00. I ordered the parts and was able to fix the compressor.
It was time for a new compressor!!!!
Single Stage Compressor – We just purchased this 80 Gallon Husky compressor. It is a single stage compressor but holds an impressive 80 gallons of air. The 3 cylinders can fill the tank to 150psi in around 5 minutes. While running our automatic press the compressor turns on for around 1 minut every 10 minutes. This compressor supplies us with plenty of dry air to run our shop.
Two Stage Compressor – The main difference between single and two stage compressors is the number of times that air gets compressed between the inlet valve and the tool nozzle. In a single stage compressor, the air is compressed one time. In a two stage compressor, the air is compressed twice for double the pressure. This can give you a pressure as high as 180psi.
Rotary Compressor – These compressors are the most expensive type of compressor, but with the increased price you get a lot of awesome features! These compressors are much quieter that the piston type compressors. The rotary compressors can supply more air at a more consistent pressure.