What Size Air Compressor Do I Need?

This is a common question from callers who are inquiring about the use of our products. Oftentimes, they’re going to be using significantly less air than they’re using right now, considering the low compressed air consumption rates of our engineered Intelligent Compressed Air Products. Sometimes, though, we have the opportunity to talk to someone at a small commercial or home operation, where they may have limitations on compressed air supply. While a Model 6084 2″ Aluminum Line Vac would do GREAT at conveying wood pellets from a storage bin to the furnace room (this is a very common call from folks who are taking advantage of high efficiency wood burning stoves for home heating,) they won’t convey more than a few pounds at a time with the compressed air being generated & stored by a typical home-use air compressor.

Limitations, of course, aren’t always a “stopper.” I just had the pleasure of talking to a Reversible Drum Vac user who simply needed some guidance on refurbishing his unit…it wasn’t performing as well as when it was new. Luckily, we have a solution for that, and it won’t cost you anything but about 10 minutes and some dish soap (or mild degreasing agent of your choice.)  Here’s a short video that shows you how it’s done:


So, this got my caller “back in business” – conservation business, that is.  He operates a small garage, and recycles his waste oil.  The Reversible Drum Vac is used to clean up spills and empty drain pans into a central drum, which he then transfers to his main recycling tank.

This is all done with his shop’s small air compressor.  Even though it only produces about 8 SCFM @100psig, it has a 60 gallon tank, which allows the Reversible Drum Vac to operate for about 2 minutes…plenty of time to empty a drain pan or vacuum up some spills, and just enough to pump out the drum, even if it’s full to the top!

Sometimes a small air compressor is a “stopper;” sometimes it’s not.  If you’d like to discuss a potential compressed air product application, give me a call.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
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