Air Compressors - air power for workshops
Shop Air Compressors
Air compressors and the range of air tools and accessories available for automotive and general applications is extensive and covers nearly all job types. At Repco we stock a number of brands such as Mechpro Blue and Antlia.
What Does an Air Compressor Do?
Air compressors are a machine that sucks in air, pressurises it in a metal holding tank and releases it to drive tools and equipment. When the tanks is drained to a certain pressure the air pump starts up and refills it. When selecting an air compressor it is a good idea to understand the types of jobs and/or tools you will want to use and how long you need to run them. Smaller air compressors are ideal for convenient jobs like tyre inflation or running tools for short periods. These are generally 2HP to 2.5HP units with a tank capacity of 20L to 60L or more. They are easy to store and extremely handy and portable.
Why Do I need an Air Compressor?
Air compressors allow you to add scope to your garage environment. Pumping up car, bike, trailer tyres, air matresses, swimming pools or even a football is fun with an air compressor. You get an air blower for cleaning and you can spray paint and run a host of different air powered tools. Things like drills, wrenches, nail guns, air chisels, sanders and grinders can all run off a compressor.
Airflow and Pressure
If you are looking to use an air tool, you will need to identify the required air flow rate. This is often listed as the l/min (litres per minute) or cfm (cubic feet per minute). Air pressure is also an important consideration and is in PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) or KPA (Kilopascals). In Australia you can get air products listed in both imperial or metric specifications. Most air tools will have these specs listed. If you are using a sander, it will be using a more constant flow of air rather than a wrench tightening up a nut. The wrench uses air in short bursts. When buying a compressor you want to know that it can run the air tools you want to use.
What is an Air Compressor Duty Cycle?
When the air pump needs to top up the air tank on the compressor, it can't keep pumping continuously. So if you are bleeding air out of the tank continuously by constantly using a tool, at some point the pump will stop and need to rest for a while before it restarts. This is the duty cycle. How long it stays off compared to when it is on. To run an air tool continuously you need a big compressor.
Note that safety is important when using compressed air. Compressed air can be dangerous so it is vital to follow the safety guidelines published in the manuals.
Our Range of Air Compressors
Repco sell a range of air compressors from the small tyre inflater to the big 3 phase workshop units. So whether you are an account customer or home handyman, we can sort out any items or products you need when it comes to compressed air in the garage or workshop. From smaller units from Mechpro Blue and Antlia to the bigger units by Peerless and Chicago Pneumatic we have air compressors at a price to suit your budget. When shopping online add in the product code or part No to view the item you are after. As a lot of the bigger units are not online you may need to call into your local Repco store to get some help and advice on our large selection of air compressors.