Choosing the Right Air Compressor

Choosing the right air compressor

When looking to buy an air compressor, you might be overwhelmed by the number of machines available to choose from. Between diesel, petrol, hydraulic, electric, underdeck, underbonnet and imported compressors, all with a range of makes and models available – it can be hard to know which machine will suit your requirements.

At Mobile Energy Australia, we specialise in portable air compressors that are suitable for a range of different uses, with our experienced team having the knowledge to find the right compressor to meet your needs. We encourage clients to come and visit us for a consultation; however, In the meantime, we’ve put together a list of key points to look for to ensure you are choosing the right compressor for the job.

Know your Specs:

One of the first and most important steps to take when choosing an air compressor is to determine what the specifications are for the piece of equipment you are powering. By knowing the exact specifications, you’ll be able to choose a compressor that will perfectly suit the requirements of the jobs you’ll be using it for. Two of the most important things to consider are the pressure and volume requirements of any tools you are using so that your work efficiency can be optimised. If you fail to choose a compressor type with enough duty cycle, you’ll spend time waiting for piston types to fill up instead of working. As expected, heavy-duty tools require more pressure and volume; therefore, if you know you’ll be using your compressor to power these types of tools, you will need to select a machine with plenty of volume and pressure to ensure a sufficient power source.

On the other hand, if you’re simply using your compressor to blow down equipment or fill a tire, you can save money and choose a smaller compressor. At Mobile Energy Australia, we stock a range of off-the-shelf air compressors suitable for many uses, but also provide custom vehicle-mounted solutions for our clients.

Consider your Workplace Environment

Another important consideration when choosing an air compressor is to look at your workplace environment. In many workplaces, including mining and construction sites, there are compliance standards that need to be met and followed; for example, decibel ratings, safety ratings and fuel type.

There are a range of compressors that can fit these requirements, so it’s important to have a list of your compliance standards on hand when shopping for your machine.

The different types of air compressors available at Mobile Energy Australia are:

Under each of these compressor types, there are different sizes and powers to suit whichever project and vehicle type you’re working on.

Never Compromise:

When shopping for any expensive pieces of equipment, it can be tempting to go for the cheapest option to instantly save money. While this may be ok at times, it’s important to take the points above into consideration and ensure that you aren’t compromising on any specifications. Depending on what you’re using the air compressor for, a cheaper machine may require a pressure vessel to have high enough pressure (PSI) and volume (CFM) to power your tools. In addition, some cheaper systems require more frequent maintenance, where frequent services may not suit the bounds of some workplaces. At Mobile Energy Australia, we have a range of high-quality systems available for purchase that cater for all budgets and uses.

Seek Professional Advice:

While you can choose your own compressor, sometimes it’s a good idea to seek professional advice to provide yourself with assurance. At Mobile Energy Australia, our team are highly experienced and passionate about helping clients find an air compressor system that suits their needs. If you bring your specifications to the team, they can find an existing compressor or work with you to create the perfect custom solution.

To learn more about our range of compressors, get in touch with our friendly team on (07) 3273 6803.