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Most Common Uses for an Eastwood Compressor – Eastwood has air compressors for all your needs from a garage at your home to a full-scale shop or business. Even though Eastwood sells products aimed towards DIY automotive Eastwood Air Compressors are universal and suitable in many different fields. If you just need to inflate tires in your garage or run shop equipment like air tools or paint guns Eastwood offers a variety of compressors to help you do the job right. Here is a link to compare the specifications of Eastwood Air Compressors to help choose the one that is right for you Eastwood Air Compressor Selection Chart. You can use this Air Tool Usage Chart to see the variety of tools you can use with your Eastwood Air Compressor.
What to Look for In an Air Compressor – There are many things to consider when deciding on what air compressor will fit your needs.
Tank styles - such as pancake, vertical or horizontal depending on the size of the location it will be placed.
Tank Size – The size of a compressor tank can be from a small 3-gallon pancake style compressor to a large 80-gallon shop compressor.
Pump Type – there are single-stage, two-stage and a scroll type pumps.
Horsepower – How much horsepower will be needed for the air equipment you are running.
Lubrication Type – An oil-less diagram compressor or one that uses oil as a lubrication.
Voltage – What voltage do you have available to run a compressor. Do you have 110 or 220 outlets.
CFM – This is probably one of the most important things to consider. This is the Cubic Feet per Minute of compressed air you will need to run the equipment you are going to use. CFM will be important if you plan on running any type of air tools and if you are using multiple ones at the same time.
Which Air Compressor Do I Need - The first thing to determine is how big of a compressor you need and what it will be used for. If you are just using it around the home to inflate car or bicycle tires you probably can get away with just a small pancake compressor. If you are setting up a shop and plan on using air tools or paint guns you will need something much larger. Think about the typical day at your shop, add up the requirements of the tools in CFM and PSI, and add in a reserve of 50% or so. Buy a good compressor from a reputable name brand, and you can’t go wrong. You may think you can save money by buying a compressor a little smaller than your needs, but you will waste a lot of time waiting for the compressor to fill the tank after over using it. A good rule of thumb when buying a compressor is to look for one rated at 1.5 times the CFM requirement of the tools you are likely to use continuously for an extended period.