Air Compressors: The Essential Welding Tool
Air compressors are essential tools for any welder. They provide the compressed air needed to power pneumatic welding tools, such as nail guns, staplers, and spray guns. Air compressors also come in handy for cleaning up work areas and blowing dust and debris away from welds.
At EWS, we carry a wide selection of air compressors from leading brands such as Dewalt, Einhell, Milwaukee, Bostitch and Senco. Our experienced team can help you choose the right air compressor for your welding needs.
Here are some of the most important factors to consider when choosing an air compressor for welding:
- CFM (cubic feet per minute): CFM measures the amount of air that an air compressor can deliver. For welding, you'll need an air compressor with a CFM rating of at least 4 CFM.
- PSI (pounds per square inch): PSI measures the pressure of the air delivered by an air compressor. For welding, you'll need an air compressor with a PSI rating of at least 90 PSI.
- Tank size: The tank size of an air compressor determines how long it can run before it needs to be refilled. For welding, you'll need an air compressor with a tank size of at least 10 gallons.
- Type of compressor: There are two main types of air compressors: oil-lubricated and oil-free. Oil-lubricated compressors are more durable and have a longer lifespan, but they require regular maintenance. Oil-free compressors are easier to maintain, but they are not as durable and may not last as long.