Air compressors are used in auto body shops for numerous tasks and processes. Without an auto shop air compressor, many repair, assembly and service tasks would become inefficient or even impossible.
A body shop air compressor can be used for:
- Moving heavy components, such as engines or chassis
- Various tools, including nail and blow guns
- Painting and clear coating
- Automotive lifts
Because of its broad range of applications and the fact that many jobs often occur simultaneously, a constant, high-volume supply of pressurized air is required for an auto body air compressor. For this reason, a rotary screw compressor is typically viewed as the best air compressor for auto body work. Rotary screw compressor benefits include:
Continuous duty: Rotary screw compressors are designed to run 24/7/365. They will see the longest equipment life through continuous operation (rather than cycling on and off).
Oil coolers: Integrated to facilitate continuous 100% cycle time, an oil cooler ensures that lubricating oil does not burn up after a period of time and eliminates the need to shut the compressor down to cool.
Aftercoolers: Standard on all Kaishan compressors, an aftercooler removes excess moisture from the air, keeping water out of systems and equipment.
Long life: Rotary screw compressors have the longest service life of all compressor types and do not require the regular component replacement (such as valves and bearings) that other compressors do.
Selecting the Best Air Compressor for Auto Body Repair Shop Applications
When selecting an air compressor for an auto repair shop, there are several factors to consider. These include:
- Air volume required: The volume of compressed air that you need is measured in CFM (cubic feet per minute). You’ll need greater CFM for applications that require more air to occur properly. In general, your compressor CFM should be based on average use throughout the year, to account for spikes and slow periods. This will allow you to determine the most efficient and flexible system.
- Pressure requirements: While volume is the primary consideration based on how many applications and how much air you need, pressure, measured as PSI, is also a factor. For example, paint spray tools must draw sufficient pressure to atomize paint for an even, consistent coat. Each application needs different PSI, with most tools and lifts requiring 90PSI. Make sure to plan your system based on the highest pressure requirement.
- Intended uses: Consider potential uses of compressed air as you choose a compressor. The types of tools and their specific requirements will dictate the ratings that you need in the areas mentioned above.
- Location: By nature, air compressors generate a great deal of noise in the course of intake and pressurization. If it will be located near workers or customers, you will want to investigate low-noise compressors or noise-dampening housings.
Auto Shop Air Compressor Products from Kaishan
At Kaishan, we offer a diverse line of rotary screw air compressors for auto repair shops. Our compressors are designed for clean, steady air delivery and efficient, high-quality operation. We specialize in providing system components that meet your needs, including compressors, filters, dryers and more. To learn more, contact us today.