Choosing a Compressor
The way you work and the tools you use determine your air-supply needs
Synopsis: How much air do you need? This is more than just a standard tool review; it’s an overview of groups of air compressors, useful to woodworkers of varying levels. Roland Johnson reviews different pumps, capacities, and configurations—portable compressors, midsize machines with some portability, and large stationary machines—and assesses the advantages of each. You’ll also find a glossary of compressor parts and terminology. Side information addresses compressor maintenance.
From Fine Woodworking #164
In my custom woodworking shop, the first tool that gets powered up in the morning is the air compressor. It is also the last to be switched off after I have blown the day’s dust off me with an air gun. In between I use air power for nailing, sanding, spraying, grinding and even vacuum-pressing.
Many woodworkers are skeptical about air-powered tools and the accompanying compressor. Their only encounter may have been at the…