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Air Compressor Basics

Air Compressor Basics

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How Long Should My Truck Mounted Air Compressor Last?

VMAC recently surveyed 1,464 visitors on the VMACAIR.com website to ask the question, “How many years do you expect your truck mounted air compressor to last?” The poll results showed a clear winning expectation, with 40.51% of respondents choosing 6-10 years. When combining those results with the 19.19% of respondents who chose 1-5 years and […]

Air Tools and CFM

How Many CFM Do I Need to Run Air Tools? – Air Tool CFM Chart

It can be tough to know how many CFM you need in an air compressor to operate your air tools most effectively. Too little CFM and you won’t be able to run your tools continuously—or at all!—and too much CFM could mean you’ve overspent on your air compressor. To help you find the compressor that’s […]

Technician checking tires

Air Compressors For Mobile Tire Technicians In 2021

Mobile tire technicians keep the world moving. These professionals service vehicle tires on the side of the road and in remote, hard-to-reach locations. Mobile tire technicians need to work quickly to minimize their time in dangerous places and reduce their customers’ downtime. The right air compressor helps technicians meet this goal. Tire technicians primarily use […]

D60 diesel air compressor on demo truck

Types of Portable Diesel Air Compressors

Portable diesel air compressors come in numerous styles, sizes and formats. In this article, we’ll talk about the most common types of diesel-powered portable air compressors, so you can make sense of your various options.

Air Tools

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, and […]

reciprocating engine driven air compressor or a rotary screw engine driven air compressor

Reciprocating air compressor or a rotary screw air compressor for OEM applications?

Factors to consider when deciding between a reciprocating air compressor and a rotary screw air compressor. When deciding whether to install a new engine driven air compressor or change your existing design, it’s essential to understand the operating characteristics, capabilities and limitations of the two alternative air compressors commonly considered. To help you understand how […]

Rotary Screw

Easy Guide To Rotary Screw Air Compressors (2021 Edition)

Updated: Jan 25, 2021. 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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Truck Mounted Rotary Screw Air Compressors For Service Vehicles (2021)

Mobile air compressor technology has improved rapidly in recent years and operators have more options today than in the past. There are two primary categories of truck mounted rotary screw air compressors that operators can choose between: Above-deck air compressors Vehicle integrated air compressors Both above-deck and vehicle integrated air compressors provide mobile air and […]

Tow Behind Air Compressor

9 Reasons You Should Ditch Your Tow-Behind Air Compressor

Tow-behind air compressors took the world by storm after World War II, when they met a simple need: available compressed air, wherever you want it. Tow-behind air compressors gained their initial popularity in the mining industry, where they were used to power rock drills, before being adapted for other industries in the decades that followed. […]

Filter compressed air

Compressed Air Filtering Basics – Contaminants, Filters & More!

Take a deep breath. Breathe out. Breathe in… Now, let’s talk about all the contaminants in that air you’re breathing! Atmospheric air is naturally contaminated. In addition to oxygen, air also contains water vapor, dust and dirt, and a medley of other filthy particles depending on the surrounding environment. The average metropolitan area, for example, […]