Air Compressors

Best Cordless Framing Nailer

Your framing nailer is one of those tools that you will use all day long. You need it to hold up well. You also want it to be as light as possible. There are no two ways about it: framing nail guns endure long, hard days. If it breaks down mid-day, you can lose hours of productivity. Additionally, you need one that can handle a range of the most popular fasteners. In this buying guide, …

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Best Rivnut Tool

In A Hurry? Buy Our Reader’s Top Pick A Rivnut tool combines elements of a traditional riveting tool with a nut that allows you to screw thin pieces of sheet metal tightly together. They are much easier for DIY and small shops to use. Rivet tools help hold thin pieces of metal together. They are commonly used in aviation, when working on busses, and by automobile enthusiasts to modify their vehicles. These small guns are …

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Best Tire Pressure Gauges

That little orange light is glowing on the dash again? Time to check your tires and use a tire inflator to get the proper amount of air! Underinflated tires reduce fuel economy. They also reduce your vehicle’s handling capabilities. Driving with partially flat tires can raise the risk of losing control or causing an accident. The NHTSA estimates that nearly 660 deaths are caused by under-inflated tires every year. The improper inflation pressure can also …

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Quietest Air Compressor

My grandfather’s compressor was large, underpowered, and loud. We couldn’t use it to power a nail gun or impact wrench. And we couldn’t hold a conversation when it was running. His subcontractor, however, had a small, lightweight air compressor, that was so quiet that you couldn’t hear it run unless you were standing right next to it. I always asked grandpa why he wouldn’t get one of these new compressors, and he’d grunt and ignore …

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Best 20 Gallon Air Compressor

The “best” 20-gallon air compressor for your purpose is going to vary from one reader to another. It all boils down to what you plan to use it for, how much you plan to use it daily, and how much money you’re looking to invest. In this list, I go over quite a few of the popular 20-gallon air compressors on the market and provide my air compressor reviews on their specifications. Here at Tool Tally, we …

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Best 30-Gallon Air Compressor

The 30-gallon air compressor is the perfect size for most small shops. It offers sufficient airflow to run almost all air tools, with enough reserve that more than one mechanic can operate at a time. These compressors are less portable than the smaller 20-gallon air compressors but are easier to install than the large, 60-gallon air compressors that are ideal for automotive painting and commercial cabinet shops. You have some decisions ahead of you. In …

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Step-By-Step CO2 Tank Refill With Compressor or Supply Tank

If you have a CO2 tank for any application, you may be wondering how to refill it. Can you put compressed air into a CO2 tank? If so, how? Is it even safe? You’re not the first person to ask this. My post will make it easy to refill CO2 tanks. ProTip: Welding Gas Supply Stores are the easiest & cheapest place to refill your Co2 Tanks (see US Map) Sodastream has a cartridge exchange …

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How Does An Air Compressor Work?

Electricity and air pressure are the two power sources that power the bulk of America’s workshops. Just as we have circuitry with easily accessed outlets all around the shop, so does our shop have air-lines with quick-connect hoses positioned at strategic intervals. Air compressors are ubiquitous. From the corner gas station with a 50-cent coin slot to the small cordless air compressor that you use to inflate soccer balls and bicycle tires, these devices are …

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Best Low Profile Floor Jack

What is a low profile jack? It is a jack that is about 3 inches tall that can slide under lowered cars. You can use one of these jacks on any vehicle. Many mechanics choose to buy a low-profile car jack so they are prepared for any repair that may come their way. Most standard car jacks require a minimum access height of 5 inches or more, limiting the vehicles that you can work on. …

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Oil-Less vs Oiled Air Compressor

Most of us will be using piston-driven air compressors. (Rotary screw and vane compressors are typically only used for industrial applications. )  These compressors work by drawing air in on the downstroke of the piston. It is then compressed up into the storage tank during the upstroke. This piston movement is not unlike that of a car. And, just as with your car, a little lubrication can keep the metal-on-metal movement of the piston against …

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Best Portable Air Compressor

The portable air compressor gets endless use.  Most of these are going to be worked to death. Along their lifespan, they will build homes, offices, and cities. The best portable air compressor is going to give you plenty of airflow and years of care-free use. If you think your business is about to expand rapidly, you might want to invest a more durable model that can handle the higher workflow. >> Click To See Zachary’s Favorite …

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Best Air Hose Reel Reviews For The Professional Shop

If you own a workshop and you regularly use pneumatic tools, then one must-have item is the air hose reel. A high-quality reel is going to speed up how fast you can work, by ensuring that your hose end is always in the same spot. And, it reduces tripping hazards. Not any hose reel will suffice. There are a lot of cheap knock-offs from China that are sold online at surprisingly high prices. And then …

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How To Adjust Air Compressor Pressure Switch

Caution: Air Compressor Pressure Switches can be dangerous to adjust. Tool Tally advises you to have your units serviced by a qualified individual and only provides this discussion for your entertainment. There are no guarantees of accuracy or completeness. The Air compressor regulator controls how much air flows from your compressor to your air tools. It has a pressure gauge for measuring output.  However, the compressor has its own internal pressure switch settings that control …

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What Kind Of Oil Should I Use In My Air Compressor?

The best synthetic air compressor oils can make a massive difference in the longevity of your compressor, as well as it’s the ability to start in cold weather. While it’s nice to have an air compressor around, it’s not a totally maintenance-free tool to leave sitting in your garage (why you need to drain your air compressor). Many air compressors need oil to run properly. If you’ve never changed the oil on your compressor, or …

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Best Air Compressor Hose

Best Air Compressor Hose One of the most useful pieces of equipment that anyone can own is an air compressor. You can run paint guns with them, air tools and even compressed air itself can safely clean hard to reach areas. There is just one problem. Here at Tool Tally I think that we provide the best tool guides. Need something to hang your hose on? I’ve got one better! Check out our air hose …

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The Best 12V Portable Air Compressors For 2020

Did you know that tires that aren’t kept properly inflated can reduce gas mileage and increase the chance of an accident? Having an air compressor on hand will allow you to keep your car’s tires in pristine working order. It also let’s you be your kid’s hero as you keep their bicycles and volleyballs filled.  If you are mostly airing up your vehicle tires and your kid’s toys, then you don’t need to invest in …

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How To Drain An Air Compressor

Proper compressor maintenance is an essential part of increasing the lifespan of your air compressor. This includes cleaning the external parts of the unit, checking the gauges and valves for any visual defects, as well as air compressor tank draining. Fortunately, whether you have a smaller 5-gallon compressor or an industrial-sized 60-gallon air compressor, the process of draining the tank is virtually the same. At ToolTally we’re big on not only helping you get the …

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Best Air Compressors

There is a wide variety of air compressor options and each one fulfills a specific purpose. This article will help you in choosing the best air compressor for your intended use while helping you save money from overbuying on features you don’t need. Ideally, you will want an air compressor that is easy to use with low maintenance. If a pancake air compressor can do the job then lugging a 220 volt 60-gallon air compressor …

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How to Adjust An Air Compressor Regulator

Regulators on an air compressor – what they do and how to adjust it – are often misunderstood. Additionally, adjusting an air compressor regulator is one of the easiest tweaks you can make. Let Tool Tally clear up the confusion! What function does an air compressor regulator have? Simply put, the pressure regulator controls the amount of pressure (PSI) that is on the output of the compressor to your air hose. The compressed air stored …

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What Size Air Compressor Do I Need?

One question that seems to get asked all the time when it comes to using air tools is “how large of an air compressor do I need”? Manufacturers make a large range of compressors, from small portable air compressors  to large stationary air compressors. This handy chart shows what size compressor is needed for each tool. At Tool Tally, I’m going to cover the specifications you need to know to determine air compressor size, and then provide a handy sizing chart to help …

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Best Air Impact Wrench for 2020

A semi-truck produces 1500 foot-pounds of torque.  An Impact wrench can produce over 1800 foot-pounds of torque. An air-powered impact wrench takes the torque of a semi-truck and gives it to you in the form of a small, handheld tool. >> Click To See Zachary’s Favorite All-Around Impact Wrench The right impact wrench is essential for removing stuck lugs and crankshaft bolts. The wrong impact wrench is a heavy, maddening, useless tool. We are going …

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Best 60 Gallon Air Compressor

When it comes to air compressors, bigger usually is better. Now, that’s not to say that smaller air compressor tanks aren’t useful, but there are a lot more benefits when it comes to using a larger tank. This Tool Tally guide is designed to help you get the best 60-gallon air compressor for your investment. Air compressors with big tanks are great for both small commercial businesses, as well as the hobbyist. A bigger tank …

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