How to choose a piston compressor?
Which compressor will be the best for your workshop or tyre service? What should you remember when choosing this device for your business? We will tell you in this article!
Why a compressor in your workshop? Without it, they wouldn’t work even:
- impact wrenches,
- pneumatic vacuum cleaners,
- grinders, polishers
- spray guns,
- sandblasting guns,
- pneumatic air jacks.
Here’s a list of things that you need to consider while choosing a piston compressor:
- power output
- noise level,
What power output?
For tyre service jobs, a 2 HP compressor would fit perfectly. However, if you are looking for truly convenient tool, better choose a one with 4 HP (or even more).
Power is not all. Take efficiency too. This parameter tells you how much air does the compressor blow to the tools.
This tells you the amount of air that the compressor produces during one minute and delivers to various tools.
What would be the best choice here? Just consider what is the air demand of various tools at your garage.
Piston compressor maintenance
Clients tend to ask you about piston compressor maintenance? Well, here’s some expertise you can freely share with them. And piston compressor maintenance is important, as without the compressor most tyre service equipment would not be able to work. This pertains to tyre changers, pneumatic wrenches, as well as loads of other equipment.
These maintenance jobs are relatively easy to carry out. It’s just a few steps to have a fully-working piston compressor that won’t let the user down in the most unexpected moment. Here’s just a few procedures.
It might be a good idea to change the oil in the compressor. Don’t forget that the oil is there both to:
- reduce friction
- grease the internal parts – protecting them against damage
Only piston compressor oil might be used for replacement (check the user’s manual for reference).
The oil change procedure is easy. In most compressors it goes like that:
- Take out the vent’s casing.
- Drain the old oil.
- Fill the tank out with the new oil.
- Put the vent’s casing on again.
Your customers should make sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding oil change intervals. In most compressors they are as follows:
– first change: after 100 hours of use (maximum interval),
– next changers: after 300 hours of use (maximum interval).
Don’t forget that the recommendations may vary, depending on the model. It won’t hurt to check manufacturer’s recommendations, particularly those regarding the oil quality and changing intervals.
During the oil change, changing the filter insert might be a good idea. The insert is there to keep the dirt away from the system.
Condition of belts
During a pre-season check, the user may also look at the tension of belts. It should not bent more than 1 cm.
Keeping the compressor clean is important, too. Remember to clean all the external parts of the engine and the compressor. Particles of dust or other dirt can affect the cooling.
Removing the condensate from the filter and the oiler is a good idea, too. Users should do it on a daily basis, at the end of the working day.
Checking the tightness of screws on the pump’s head is a must too. The values can be found in the user’s manual fo the compressor.
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