I should presume that, having actually read this far, you have some interest in utilizing an air compressor to power air tools in your store. Probably, a 2-stage reciprocating air compressor will fill the requirements of a little to medium store. As a guideline of thumb, a 5 HP air compressor will power one air sander, a 7.5 HP maker will power 2 and a 10 HP maker will be required for 3 sanders.


To make matters worse, I had 3 individuals employed as sanders therefore I would have to keep 3 devices performing at leading speed all day. I did some mathematics and found that I would require a 10 horse power air compressor with a big tank to do this. I was fortunate to discover an utilized one for not excessive loan however it needed 3 stage power and great deals of it. More cash went out for an electrical expert to wire it approximately the structure’s 208 volt 3-phase power. The huge air compressor was so loud it might be heard all over the structure and down the block however it powered those 3 sanders from dawn to sunset. Fortunately is that it’sed a good idea for itself in conserved sanding time extremely rapidly.

I started my woodworking profession with a quarter-sheet electric sander, rapidly finished to a random orbit electric disc sander and lastly understood that I might significantly reduce sanding time with an air palm sander. I chose a 5″ Dynabrade sander and Sears 3HP air compressor. It took me less than an hour to recognize my error: The little compressor I purchased might not start to maintain air needs of the air sander. It would lack atmospheric pressure practically instantly and the air sander would decrease to the point of being worthless. I would then need to await numerous minutes for the pressure to develop once again to obtain another minute of sanding.

Air sanders are aggressive and effective. They are light in weight when compared with their lower electric cousins. My sanders required to them right away and production removed. I was as delighted as they were. Quickly there was another maker besides the air compressor needed having big quantities of air in the store: an Onsrud inverted pin router. It was likewise excellent to be able to blow sawdust of benches and maker while cleaning up upon the store at completion of the day. The compressor was likewise utilized to spray surfaces on the finished furnishings.

Years later on, I developed a smaller sized woodworking store in my home which just needed one air sander performing at a time. For that store, I acquired an air compressor half the size and separated in a soundproof space in one corner of the store. I ran 3/4″ galvanized pipeline under the store flooring to 3 regulators at 3 various practical areas. The device I bought for that store as a 5 HP Ingersoll Rand design with an 80 gallon tank. At the 80 PSI needed by my Dynabrade sander, the compressor would produce sufficient air all day. I should state that compressor was extremely well constructed. All I needed to do was watch on the oil level in the sight glass. In the evening, I would shut off the master air valve on the side of the device, leaving the electrical power on, to silence the compressor for the night.