There are no shortcuts when it comes buying a reliable compressor.
You are going to have your new air compressor for a long time, making sure you get it right the first time is crucial. In our time we’ve seen businesses make some pretty big mistakes and unfortunately it costs them thousands of dollars.
We have collected the 10 most common mistakes businesses are making so you can avoid them, so you can keep your hard earned money in your back pocket.
Industrial Air Compressors are an investment and are expensive. This makes buying the cheapest compressor possible an attractive option.
However cheap compressors are built from inferior components, have questionable warranties or may even be undersized for your needs.
Often costing you more in the long term when compared to a quality machine with a high initial investment.
Businesses might upgrade their compressor but neglect to replace the existing pipework. Old and worn out piping will have leaks throughout the system.
Furthermore piping with a small internal diameter (less than 22mm) will bottleneck your system eating up your productivity capacity due to pressure drops causing the system to malfunction.
Installations of High Quality Pipework
The environment your Air Compressor operates in will determine the maximum service time your compressor will have. Jamming your compressor into the back shed or leaving it outside in the elements is going to spell disaster.
Extreme heat from poor ventilation or direct sunlight causes the compressor to work harder to maintain efficiency.In some extreme cases heat may even cause the oil in the air end to overheat and thicken, essentially destroying the compressor.
Make sure you know the dimensions of the compressor you’re buying and have an area out of the sun with plenty of space.
Permanently Damaged Airend From Overheated Oil
Owning a compressor isn’t a single cost, there is regular maintenance and services that need to be completed in order to maintain warranty and efficiency.
The cost of a service scales proportionality to the size of your system. Services and maintenance account for up to 7% of the total lifetime cost.
Rusted Air Tools from excess condensation in air lines.
Often when businesses are buying the cheapest compressor possible, they aren’t considering if there is sound spare parts availability and compatibility.
New compressors from reputable suppliers like Focus Industrial will have a wide range of spare parts or network of service agents with access to parts, something you can’t guarantee with second hand or economic options.
Not knowing your plant’s electrical capacity could be a costly mistake to make. Industrial Air Compressors use large amounts of power.
The wrong size compressor could cause your power to drop out frequently, ruining your efficiency or even worse break your equipment
Having a larger than necessary compressor may not seem like an issue at face value. However larger systems need higher electrical consumption and cost more to service.
Unless you plan on adding on new equipment or increasing your air consumption into the future you should pay attention to the size of your compressor and your current systems demand.
Businesses could have been given bad advice or think they have gotten a good deal on a second hand compressor and it bites them in the back pocket. But the truth is there are no shortcuts to clean, reliable and efficient compressed air.
It’s easy to get confused when buying a new compressor, the team at Focus Industrial are standing by to answer any of our questions.