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Air compressors are boxlike, towable machines that supply and store high-pressured air...Show More

Air compressors are boxlike, towable machines that supply and store high-pressured air. They can be used for tasks like inflating tires or as a power source for a variety of electric tools including jackhammers, air drills, nail guns, and paving breakers. Electric-powered air compressors are ideal for indoor use because they don’t give off any emissions.

An air compressor’s flow rate is expressed in terms of cubic feet per minute (CFM) at a given pressure level—the amount of force a compressor can deliver—measured in pounds per square inch (PSI). For instance, you might need a 185 to 375 CFM compressor at 90 PSI for a small or moderate task, or 750 to 1,600 CFM at the same pressure level for a heavy-duty job. Check out the FAQs below to learn more.

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Equipment ID: 55-185

185 cfm Air Compressor

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Equipment ID: 55-375

375 cfm Air Compressor

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Equipment ID: 55-750

750 cfm Air Compressor

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Equipment ID: 55-1600

1600 cfm Air Compressor

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The makes/models shown are examples only and equipment delivered may differ. Contact customer support to check on the availability of specific makes/models.

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FAQs

How much does it cost to rent an air compressor?

AAir compressor rental costs vary according to size and flow capacity. A 185 CFM diesel air compressor that can power blasting pots or jackhammers can rent for $114 a day, $312 a week, or $754 a month. A larger 1,600 CFM compressor that can provide air at higher PSI for an extended period will run you $710 a day, $2,031 a week, or $4,914 a month. Exact rates may vary depending on your worksite location.

Check for quotes on other compressors that BigRentz offers including 375 CFM and 750 CFM machines.

What size air compressor do I need?

The easiest way to determine what size air compressor you need is to check the air requirements on your tools. The average drill requires 3-6 CFM at 90 PSI and the average orbital sander requires 8-12.5 CFM at 90 PSI.

Compressors can power an array of tools for tasks including sawing, nailing, chiseling, cutting, painting, and sanding. The tools you need for each of these jobs will likely require a different CFM—more for heavy-duty jobs that require a continuous flow of air.

How long can you leave an air compressor running?

Depending on the type of air compressor you’re using, it can be left running anywhere from a few hours to 24 hours a day (seven days a week for compressors on ships or planes). Rotary screw compressors, discussed below, have an internal cooling system that enables them to operate continuously. However, reciprocating compressors are not designed for continuous use. They need to stop and cool down, or the parts can become damaged.

Which type of air compressor do I need?

Air compressors fall into two categories: positive displacement and dynamic compressors. Within those categories, there are multiple types of air compressors.

Positive displacement compressors store air from the outside in an internal cavity, where it’s slowly compressed. Two common types of positive displacement compressors include:

  • Rotary screw compressors: Good for continuous use at large construction sites. They don’t require much maintenance and can be lubricated with oil or run oil-free. Rated at 5 to 350 horsepower, rotary screw compressors generate energy by trapping air between two opposing rotors that turn in opposite directions to build up pressure.
  • Reciprocating air compressors: More often found at smaller worksites. They are used for tasks such as home construction projects. They build pressure using a piston inside a cylinder, which displaces air. Single-stage compressors work adequately for small jobs, such as wood or metalwork, but you may need a multi-stage compressor (up to 30 horsepower) for larger tasks such as auto assembly.

Dynamic compressors can reach 1,000 horsepower or more. They use fast-rotating blades to pull air in rapidly, then create pressure by restricting the air. Two types of dynamic compressors include:

  • Axial compressors: These types of compressors are expensive. They’re often found on ships or planes and not used in construction.
  • Centrifugal compressors: They use a multi-stage compression process that produces a high amount of energy. You may find them in chemical plants or manufacturing centers.

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