This Article is About
air compressors
ingersoll rand
CFM Requirements For Automotive Repair Air Compressors
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

CFM Requirements For Automotive Repair Air Compressors

Lets face it choosing the best air compressor for automotive repair can be a bit confusing with all the different makes, models and brands that are on the market today.

Within this article we will help you to clear some of that confusion by offering you a few guidelines and specifications as to what types of compressors it takes to operate your automotive air tools.

The best air compressor for automotive work is going to depend on several different factors:

• What will it be used for? Automotive business or automotive hobby?

• How often will you be using it? Daily or occasional?

• What types of air tools will you be running? Standard auto repair tools or body shop tools?

• Do you need a portable or stationary? For mobile automotive service.

• How much are you willing to spend! A good quality compressor doesn't come cheap but if you follow what we will discuss in this article you will be better informed with the knowledge you need to make the best economical decision for your needs.

If you intend on purchasing a commercial grade air compressor for your automotive business it is highly recommended that you select a compressor manufacturer that is a member of the Compressed Air and Gas Institute. The CAGI is an organization that verifies product performance & specifications that participating manufacturers publish on their products as a service to end users of compressed air system equipment which will help to insure you are getting what you are paying for.

List of manufacturers that are members of the CAGI:

• Atlas Copco

• BOGE

• CompAir

• FS Curtis

• Gardner Denver

• Kaeser

• Quincy

• Sullair

• Ingersoll Rand

An ideal set up for the occasional DIY home use automotive mechanic would be a portable 30 gallon, single stage, 5 cfm, belt driven compressor. The 30 gallon mobile air compressor is typically powered by a 2 hp 110v motor that can be plugged into any standard (US) electrical outlet. A 5 cfm rating is capable of operating just about any pneumatic powered automotive air tool you can hook up to it on a single air line.

For the busy work from home professional mechanic a 60 gallon single stage, 100% continuous duty cycle air compressor that has a rating of 10 to 18 cfm will be enough to operate your most demanding air tools. Just be sure you have the proper electrical connection wired up, the typical 60 gallon requires a 220v service connection.

For a commercial auto repair business the best type of compressed air system is going to have to be at a minimum a 60 gallon 2 stage 14 cfm air compressor for a small repair shop operating with just a couple techs or an 80 gallon two stage 24 cfm air compressor operating with 3 or more mechanics.

An air compressor is an investment in your business, and should last you 20 years or more with proper maintenance, so keep in mind you get what you pay for. Choosing an air compressor that is to small for your needs and you will know it immediately.


Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
Choosing The Best Air Compressor for Automotive Repair
When you set out to start researching what is the best air compressor for automotive repair, there are a few factors you must take into consideration before making your final purchasing decision. What type of user are you? Are you a busy automotive shop owner? Are you a professional DIY…
By:  in  Automotive  >  Repairs   Sep 02, 2013  
0
  Likes: 12

An Air Compressor Buyer Guide
Within this air compressor buyer guide you will find not only can an air compressors be used to pump up tires on your car as well as drive air powered tools such as nail guns and sanders. They can be used in a variety of different ways. However if you…
By:  in  Shopping and Product Reviews   Jul 27, 2011  
0
  Likes: 1

30 Gallon Air Compressor Best Home Air Compressor
If you want to carry out various DIY tasks around the home in a much shorter space of time investing in a 30 gallon air compressor should be considered. There are many different makes and models available, so finding one that meets your particular requirements and your bank balance shouldn’t…
By:  in  Shopping and Product Reviews   Nov 18, 2011  
0
  Likes: 5

What Size Air Compressor Do I Need, Steps To Figure Out Your Cfm Factor
Within this article I am going to tell you what you need to know to select the right air compressor to fit your needs. If your getting ready to make that purchase and are researching all the different types of air compressors, wondering what size air compressor do i need,…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Tools and Equipment   Mar 17, 2012  
0
  Likes: 7

How To Choose The Best Air Compressor For Home Use
Need help choosing the best air compressor for home use? With so many different types of air compressors now available, how do you determine just which one is the best air compressor brand and type for you? In this article we take a look at a number of considerations that…
By:  in  Shopping and Product Reviews   Oct 28, 2012  
0
  Likes: 3

60 Gallon Air Compressor Best Home Air Compressor
Although you may think that a 60 gallon air compressor is a bit large for an air compressor, it is actually the perfect piece of equipment for the home handy man that saves money by doing his own auto and home repairs. In fact it's the perfect compressor for just…
By:  in  Shopping and Product Reviews   Nov 17, 2011  
0
  Likes: 1

The Ingersoll Rand Hammerhead Nut Busting Review
Time is money and having the right tools for the job like the Ingersoll Rand Hammerhead impact wrench are essential to earning your living and will save you a ton of frustration. Get ready to bang out more repairs faster than you ever thought possible, it doesn't matter if your…
By:  in  Shopping and Product Reviews   Jun 26, 2011  
0
  Likes: 3

Pros And Cons Of Hitachi Ds18dsal 18v Li - ion Cordless Drill/driver
When it comes to powerful drills and drivers, I have utilized DeWalt and Craftsman devices for whatever length of time that I can recollect. As of late my old standby drill kicked the bucket and I had a home task to handle; I had been out of the business sector…
By: Tool Man in  Home Improvement  >  Tools and Equipment   Jun 02, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Woodworking Without Power Tools, A Life - long Love Affair With Hand Woodworking Tools
Woodworking is as much a relationship with your materials and your woodworking hand and power tools as it is a livelihood. When starting out as a woodworker / carpenter in 1974, I had been in a furniture making program in an art school on the East Coast. There I had…
By: patti tronolone in  Home Improvement  >  Tools and Equipment   May 28, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Why Hitachi Nt50ae2 Brad Nailer Offers Great Value
I’ve stayed with Hitachi nail guns for as far as I can remember as they feature best in class build quality, performance and durability. Besides you can buy Hitachi nail gun parts if you want so reparability is also a plus. This brad nail gun is Hitachi's one of the…
By: Tool Man in  Home Improvement  >  Tools and Equipment   May 28, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Gimmicks In A Lathe You Should Not Care About
When you are looking to buy a lathe, there are many options out there for you. Going with JET lathe is always a good option as the manufacturer provides a satisfying warranty and if anything goes wrong, JET parts, specifically JET lathe parts are available from many outlets. Quality and…
By: Tool Man in  Home Improvement  >  Tools and Equipment   May 16, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Services Offered By Experts In Removals Brighton Has
The more you think about the relocation, the more tempted you are to postpone it for a long time: it's so complicated to handle all the packing and the moving! Well, in order to enjoy a smooth and hassle-free relocation, the answer is to hire a company expert in removals…
By: Sheraton Veranda in  Home Improvement  >  Tools and Equipment   May 05, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Difference Between Original & Aftermarket Spare Parts
Craftsmen can run into many issues and one of them is broken or damaged tool. It’s not an ideal situation to be in but luckily there are alternatives available other than buying a new replacement. You can either get a refurbished or reconditioned tool or you can choose to repair…
By: Tool Man in  Home Improvement  >  Tools and Equipment   Apr 19, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

What Are Different Type Of Hinges And Their Applications?
They are small and inconspicuous, but they really hold a room together. No, they are not pillow or candles, they're hinges that are found in every room of your house. From the refrigerator to the cabinet door, you can find them all around your home. Sure, you don't give much…
By: Van Marks in  Home Improvement  >  Tools and Equipment   Apr 13, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

How To Change Chucks On Jet Lathes
Thousands of woodworkers and carpenters rely on JET lathes every day for a range of applications and jobs. JET offers sturdiness, durability, performance and value in a single package. It’s hard to find a better deal than JET’s offerings. Furthermore, if the tool or piece of equipment suffers any damage…
By: Tool Man in  Home Improvement  >  Tools and Equipment   Apr 08, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 2094    Report this Article