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Consumer Portable Single-Stage Air Compressor Buying Guide: How to Pick the Perfect Portable Single-Stage Air Compressor. The product experts at Air Compressors Direct have written a portable single stage air compressor buyer's guide complete with expert advice, product information and buying tips.

Consumer Single-Stage Portable Compressor Buyer's Guide

How to Pick the Perfect Portable Single-Stage Compressor

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Consumer Single-Stage Portable Compressor Buyer's Guide

Rome wasn't built in a day.

If you're still using hammers and nails, your little empire won't be constructed over a weekend either.

With the help of a portable air compressor, you can breeze through your to-do list a lot faster.

There are a few things to consider when selecting a portable single-stage compressor:

Fuse Box
For single stage compressors there are two voltage options: 120/240v or 230v. The most important factor in your decision will be what type of electricity you are already wired for.

Standard homes have 120/240v wiring. Choosing a compressor with this capability will be easiest because you will not have to install any new electrical wiring. If you don't already have 230v wiring installed in your home or garage, you'll need an electrician to set it up to support the higher voltage.

Horizontal vs Vertical
Portable Single Stage Compressor
Two-stage air compressors come in two styles: horizontal or vertical.

Your space requirements or limitations will determine which style to buy. If you don't have a wide area to run one in, get a vertical compressor. Likewise, if you are storing the compressor up high and have height limitations, choose a horizontal model.

There is no difference in performance and utility of horizontal vs. vertical compressors of equal power. They are the same
machines, just built in different styles.

Direct Drive vs Belt Drive
Direct Drive Motor
Direct drive compressors require a fraction of the maintenance of belt-drive compressors. You won't have to worry about performing routine maintenance such as oil changes and belt replacements.

Belt drive compressors have advantages as well. The compressors are more powerful than direct drive units and less noisy because the pump is oiled. Also, the added oil lubrication keeps the pump performing better for longer so the compressor or pump won't need to be replaced as soon.

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