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Contractor Air Compressor Buying Guide: How to Pick the Perfect Contractor Grade Air Compressor. The product experts at Air Compressors Direct have compiled a contractor air compressor buyer's guide. Includes contractor air compressor buying tips and advice, as well as product information.

Contractor Air Compressor Buyer's Guide

How To Pick The Perfect Contractor Air Compressor

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Contractor Air Compressor Buyer's Guide

From the ground up, construction relies on compressed air.

From framing a home to finish trim work, you'll need a compressor.

Sure you could do it with just a hammer, nails and a lot of patience.

But when you build for a living, time is money. Having the right equipment for the job is crucial.

There are several types of contractor-grade compressors to save you time:

Twin-Stack Compressors
Twin Stack Compressor
Twin-stack compressors have two air tanks, which means you can store more air so the compressor doesn't have to run as often.

If you're a carpenter, a twin-stack compressor will be a good choice. They have enough power to run finish trim tools, such as brad guns and nailers.

These are still "portable" air compressors, but some units weigh as
much as 80 lbs. which is no picnic for most of us.

Portable Single-Stage Compressors
Portable Single Stage Compressor
Portable single-stage air compressors are popular with carpenters and folks who need to run air tools like nail guns frequently.

If you're re-siding a home, building a deck or framing an addition, these powerful compressors will do the trick.

With stronger engines and better compressor pumps, single-stage units are more expensive than other portable air compressors.

Wheelbarrow Compressors
Wheelbarrow Compressor
Wheelbarrow air compressors are designed for job-sites. Built with powerful engines, larger air tanks and heavy-duty materials, wheelbarrow compressors can handle challenging conditions.

With a single wheel and sturdy handles, you can pull these through tough terrains. With all their features, wheelbarrow compressors get heavy, so the wheeled portability is helpful.

Some wheelbarrow compressors weigh up to 300 lbs. so if you
need to take it somewhere you can't go on wheels, get a lighter model.

Truck-Mount Compressors
Truck Mount Compressors
Truck-mounted compressors are the biggest, most powerful portable compressors available. They can weigh several hundred pounds because your truck is the one doing the heavy lifting.

With all the weight, you get large air tanks, reliable pumps and high CFM capabilities. You can easily run large air tools all day with a truck-mount compressor.

The fact you can only use these where you can drive to is the
biggest drawback with a truck-mount air compressor.

DC Compressors
These units are popular with race teams, show cars, and
dc on board compressor
RV owners. They are hardwired into a vehicle's DC voltage system and provide a lot of air while taking up very little room.

The continuous duty units can inflate tires 37" and larger- something the smaller inflators can't handle. These are also the units found in show cars that "hop", and in race team support vehicles.

Several are available in kit form that include everything you need to install the unit in your vehicle: hoses, gauges, cables & controls.

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