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This buying guide will explain some of the factors to consider when selecting an air compressor, helping you to feel confident that you’re choosing the right compressor for your needs. With so many different air compressors available, it is important to consider the type, size and features that you expect from your compressor.
The key to choosing the ideal compressor for your needs is to match it to your job demands. Small reciprocating and portable compressors are ideal for small job sites, whilst stationary rotary screw compressors provide much higher volumes of compressed air.
The two most common types of air compressors used in Australian business are reciprocating and rotary screw.
Reciprocating air compressors are the most popular, widely used for short-term or intermittent domestic and light industrial use. Relatively inexpensive, these compressors are portable and suit a variety of applications.
Rotary screw compressors use twin screws, rather than pistons to create high pressure air. More suited to regular industrial use, they are best used when you need high volumes of constant compressed air. Available in a large variety of models and sizes, they have high operating ranges which make them ideal for use by small businesses and large multi-site operations alike.
Rotary screw compressors are also available in ‘boxed’ and portable varieties to suit the needs of some industries. Their use depends on your application.
Whilst cheaper compressors with low purchase prices may be appealing, it is important to consider the overall lifetime cost of your entire compressed air system. The common rule of thumb is that servicing and energy costs account for 80% of a system’s overall cost, with the purchase price only at about 20%.
Smart system design is also a key contributor to reducing your lifetime costs. There are many strategies available when designing your system:
If you need any assistance with purchasing an air compressor, CAPS Australia’s national sales team is available to answer any of your questions on 1800 800 878.
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