Air Compressors

Air compressors are devices that turn power into pressurised air. They can either be stationary or portable.

How do they work?

Air compressors use a gas or electric engine to suck in volumes of air and squeeze it in to a small space This process increases the pressure by making the volume smaller. The air is then stored in a receiver tank and can be used for many applications.

What are air compressors used for?

Domestic uses include: airbrushing, pressure washing, tyre inflating, sand blasting, air blow gun, sanding, paintball gun.

Industrial uses include: power tools, sanding, pneumatic tools, grinding, diving equipment, nail guns, paint workshops.

How to determine which air compressor you need?

You will need to consider your air flow and tank size requirements when deciding which air compressor to buy.

Compressors are measured in two ways, pounds per square inch (PSI) and cubic feet per minute (CFM), these measurements determine the compressors effectiveness. You will need to identify what PSM and CFM your tools or equipment need.

If you are only going to run one tool at one time off the compressor then you will need to look at the tool that has the highest PSI and CFM requirement. If on the other hand you want to run multiple tools from the air compressor you will need to total up the PSI and CFMs of each of the tools

Because the air is stored in a tank, the size of the tank will impact how the compressor works. For tools and equipment that need continuous air a larger tank is better as this will be able to produce enough CFMs. For tools that will be intermittently used a smaller tank is sufficient.

The horsepower is normally between 1.5HP and 6.5HP on an air compressor. Higher ones are available, but these are usually only used in industrial areas.

Single stage or two stage compressors

Single stage air compressors, also known as piston compressors, have one or more cylinder. Each cylinder will pump air into the storage tank.

Two stage air compressors have two cylinders and air is pumped from one cylinder to the other cylinder, cooled, then delivered into the storage tank. These are mainly used where high pressure is needed as they have double the pressure.

Types of compressors

  • Rotary screw compressors
  • Reciprocating air compressors
  • Centrifugal compressors
  • Silent air compressors

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RS Stock No. 182-8736
Mfr. Part No.1828736001
€359.74
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114psi 24L 1.5HP 220 → 240V ac - - Type G - British 3-pin -
RS Stock No. 244-2692
Mfr. Part No.2442692
€539.81
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114psi 50L 2HP 220 → 240V ac - - Type G - British 3-pin -
RS Stock No. 244-2709
Mfr. Part No.2442709
€852.34
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145psi 50L 3HP 220 → 240V ac - - Type G - British 3-pin -
RS Stock No. 386-7834
Mfr. Part No.F41044
BrandCIF
€1,221.86
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8bar 6L 340W 230V 21kg - Type C - Euro Plug -
RS Stock No. 386-7828
Mfr. Part No.F41045
BrandCIF
€752.74
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6bar 1L 135W 230V 14.5kg - Type C - Euro Plug -
RS Stock No. 244-2715
Mfr. Part No.2442715
€1,256.40
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114psi 50L 2HP 220 → 240V ac - - Type G - British 3-pin -
RS Stock No. 178-6071
Mfr. Part No.06457
BrandSIP
€184.00
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116psi 24L - 230V 25kg - Type C - Euro Plug, Type G - British 3-pin -
RS Stock No. 136-7577
Mfr. Part No.06242
BrandSIP
€361.79
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9bar 50L 3HP 230V ac 45kg - Type G - British 3-pin -
RS Stock No. 136-7580
Mfr. Part No.06254
BrandSIP
€333.46
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10bar 10L 1.5HP 230V ac 11kg - Type G - British 3-pin -
RS Stock No. 136-7573
Mfr. Part No.05295
BrandSIP
€178.96
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8bar 6L - 230V ac 9.5kg - Type G - British 3-pin -
RS Stock No. 136-7581
Mfr. Part No.06258
BrandSIP
€590.96
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10bar 50L 3HP 230V ac 39kg - Type G - British 3-pin -
RS Stock No. 183-4331
Mfr. Part No.DPC10RC-QS
BrandDeWALT
€363.26
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10bar 10L - 230V ac 17.5kg - Type C - Euro Plug -
RS Stock No. 136-7574
Mfr. Part No.06296
BrandSIP
€230.46
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8bar 24L - 230V ac 19.5kg - Type G - British 3-pin -
RS Stock No. 136-7583
Mfr. Part No.06294
BrandSIP
€758.34
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10bar 200L 3HP 230V ac 96kg - Type G - British 3-pin -
RS Stock No. 183-4330
Mfr. Part No.DPC6MRC-QS
BrandDeWALT
€234.68
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8bar 6L - 230V 12.8kg - Type C - Euro Plug -
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RS Stock No. 193-8708
Mfr. Part No.5251
BrandSIP
€2,222.38
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10bar 270L - 230V 170kg - Type G - British 3-pin -
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RS Stock No. 193-8709
Mfr. Part No.4328
BrandSIP
€1,101.75
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10.3bar 50L - - 85kg Yes - -
RS Stock No. 136-7579
Mfr. Part No.06248
BrandSIP
€272.95
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8bar 6L - 230V ac 15kg - Type G - British 3-pin -
RS Stock No. 175-1190
Mfr. Part No.DCC1054T2-GB
BrandDeWALT
€693.31
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9 9.5L 0.4HP 54V 11kg No Type G - British 3-pin -
RS Stock No. 188-9706
Mfr. Part No.6249
BrandSIP
€156.00
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116psi 24L - 230V 16.3 (Gross)kg - UK 1.1m
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