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The choice of compressors is dependent on the use that one wants to make, the applications, and the equipment one wants to use. For home/Diy use you will be looking for a compressor that you can run from a standard 13 Amp plug, with a reasonable size receiver that produces enough air to run the tools and equipment that you plan using. 

The power of the compressor: this will determine how much air the unit is able to produce, usually a 2, or 2.5 HP compressor will allow to use a good selection of tools.

The receiver: this acts as a buffer by storing the air produced by the compressor and making it available to the equipment being used, it also allows the compressor to run intermittently and therefore more efficiently. Usually a 24 Lt or 50 Lt receiver is a good size and makes the machine compact and therefore easier to store.

Portable or Stationary: Portable compressors are lighter in weight, have wheels and can easily be moved around.

Using Compressors for Spray Painting: Click here for a step by step guide.

Maintenance & Storage

Drain the Air Receiver regularly
Follow the instructions in the manual for general maintenance
Drain and empty the receiver when storing your compressor

Start-up & Use

Connect the hose to the compressed air outlet. If the coupling is supplied loose it must be securely screwed into the thread before use
With the compressor OFF, connect the air-operated tool you intend to use to the other end of the hose 
Insert the plug into an outlet of suitable size and rating. The electricity supply must be earthed 
Press or rotate the button of the on/off switch
Use regulator to adjust air flow appropriate to the air operated tools specific requirement 
When not in use, always switch off the compressor. If you intend to re-use the compressor, always wait for at least ten seconds before switching this on again. Always pull out the plug when you have finished work. 
The winding of the electrical motor incorporates a thermal cut-out RT that automatically switches off the electric current if the motor overheats. The motor restarts automatically when it has cooled to normal temperature.