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What Size Air Compressor Do I Need For Air Tools?

Air compressors come in many sizes, but the size doesn’t determine whether an air compressor is powerful enough for your air tools. Instead, you should assess your tools’ air requirements and find an air compressor size that can meet those requirements. Why Bigger Isn’t Always Better We’ve all heard that bigger isn’t always better, which […]

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Top Issues Caused By Overweight Commercial Vans & Service Trucks

Gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWR) and payloads can differ from vehicle to vehicle and it’s important to know what you’re working with when specifying or upfitting a specific heavy duty pickup truck. Before we get into the details of why it’s important to pay attention to vehicle weight ratings, let’s go over some important concepts: […]

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Pressure Relief Valves For Air Compressors

Pressure relief valves, or safety valves, are a simple but critical part of any air compressor system. Pressure relief valves control and limit the pressure build-up in a system. If the pressure exceeds the amount allowed by the pressure relief valve, the pressure relief valve will automatically open and release air until the pressure reduces. […]

Air Compressor Theory – The Cool Science Behind Compressed Air

Air Compressor Theory – The Cool Science Behind Compressed Air

Air is freely available everywhere. But compressed air is not. So, what is compressed air, and what happens to air when it is compressed? Read on to learn about the thermodynamics and simple physics of compressing air. We’ll also talk about the reasons for compressing air polytropically instead of isothermally or adiabatically (and don’t worry, […]

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What Is A PTO Driven Air Compressor?

A PTO driven air compressor is an air compressor that’s driven by the power take-off (PTO) of a vehicle. These innovative air compressors are mounted under the vehicle’s deck, resulting in an elegant solution that’s out of sight and mind (until you need it!) Advantages of PTO Driven Air Compressors Render of VMAC’s PTO air […]

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Choosing An Air Compressor For Your Commercial Van In 2022

Commercial van sales have been on the rise for the last few years, as fleet managers revise their vehicle needs, and opt for vans over trucks. For many industries, vans provide the right amount of cargo space without the added bulk and price associated with larger work trucks. In this article, we cover two primary […]

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What Is An FRL – Filter Regulator Lubricator

Air leaving a compressor is hot, dirty, and wet—which can damage and shorten the life of downstream equipment, including valves, cylinders, and air tools. So before compressed air exits the system, it needs to be cleaned and lubricated. That’s where an FRL comes in! An FRL combines a filter, regulator, and lubricator into one component […]

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Easy Guide To Rotary Screw Air Compressors (2022 Edition)

Updated: Jan 13, 2022. Rotary screw air compressors operate by trapping air between two meshed rotors and reducing the volume of that trapped air as it moves down through the rotors. This reduction in volume results in compressed air, which can then be used to power air tools, inflate tires, or in numerous other applications. […]

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What’s the difference between PSI and CFM?

The difference between PSI and CFM is what they measure. PSI measures pressure, while CFM measures volume. PSI and CFM are performance specifications for air compressors and air-powered machinery. Together, they indicate the maximum air volume and pressure produced by an air compressor to power air tools. To better understand the difference between PSI and […]

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Air Compressors For Mobile Mechanics

Mobile mechanics are critical for many industries, keeping machinery working and moving. These Red Seal professionals often specialize in heavy duty mechanics, servicing vehicles and machines in remote locations that can be difficult to reach. Every second of downtime can be costly, and mobile mechanics need to work quickly and efficiently at every job site. […]