Buying a Pre-owned Air Compressor vs Buying a New One

When it comes to buying industrial sized air compressors, a pre-owned model often holds a lot more value than you might think. There are a number of different reasons why a pre-owned air compressor model is just as effective as a brand new one, and learning about this can give you an edge when you’re on the market.

Value of a Pre-Owned Model

  • Initial cost is almost always cheaper
  • Maintenance costs are the same compared to a brand new model
  • Many pre-owned models are still under warranty, reducing your buying risk
  • Most still contain all the necessary parts and accessories, and many even still have spares
  • Most pre-owned models  are still high-quality and not worn out due to the ruggedness of air compressors in general

What to Look for in a Pre-owned Air Compressor

  • Efficiency: is the machine still running at optimal efficiency
  • Missing parts: make sure your pre-owned model has all the right parts to run properly
  • Durability: take not of any signs of wear and tear on the machine
  • Maintenance: going along with efficiency, make sure that your pre-owned model does not have any glaring efficiency problems that would require above average maintenance costs

The air compressor experts at Aircenter, Inc. can also help you in determining which pre-owned models would best fit your specific needs.

Industrial Air Compressor Condensate Management

Anyone who owns an air compressor understands the importance of properly maintaining their machine.  A crucial tool in this process is a condensate management system. So long as these systems are functional, they are very important components of all air compressor systems because they separate the small amount of oil from the condensate that gathers in the air compressors.  This allows the caretakers of the air compressor to perform simple, ecological, and economical disposal of any leftover waste.

Providing industrial sized air compressors to factories, construction sites, and other large jobs is something Air Center, Inc., knows how to do. With top of the line and state of the art Kaeser equipment available, they can fit you with the right air compressor to tackle any job.

Why You Need to Manage Your Condensates

Oil, water vapor, oxides, and other micro particles run through your entire compressor system along with the air you are trying to compress. These contaminants can cause harm to the internal parts of your system, such as rust, ruptures, and clogging. You need to remove these contaminants from your system through filters or dryers.

Disposing of Your Contaminants

In order to properly dispose of your condensates, you will need to reduce them down to the legal limits. Many separators automatically reduce oil to legal limits, but it is still necessary to check with your local municipality to determine what their individual legal limit is.

In the past, people would use a waste management company to come and remove collected condensate from their site.  Today there are a number of different types of condensate management systems which can used independently within a company, and can separate almost any compressor fluid from the condensate.  This allows the 98% of the condensate that is solely water to be disposed on site.  The small percentage of remaining oil can then be collected and recycled, or disposed of at a much cheaper rate than what was possible before.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact one of Air Center, Inc.’s two offices in Kenilworth, NJ and Bethlehem, PA.

Choosing a Filter for Your Industrial Air Compressor

Filters are an important component for your industrial air compressor system to remove contaminants and purify the air in the system.  Choosing the right type of filter depends on the requirements of your system and the maintenance you wish to complete.  Finding the right filter for your industrial air compressor can help increase the efficiency of your unit.  It will also lower your energy costs and protect your employees from harmful particles and chemicals. 

Types of Compressors and Filters

  • Oil Flooded Screw Compressors – highly reliable yet require a proper filter to remove contaminants, oil, and dust.
  • Coalescing Filters – removes dust, oil, mist, and liquid condensates from the air.

  • Aerosol Filtration – removes liquid condensates from the air such as dust, oil, and water, and aerosol filtration is usually placed upstream of the compressed air dryer in order to maximize efficiency. They are also placed downstream at each point of us in order to remove the absorbent fines from the desiccant dryers and water vapor from the refrigerated dryers.
  • High Particulate Filter – operates at high temperatures and offers a high level of protection against fire in a heated desiccant dryer.
  • Particulate Filters – use charcoal or desiccants to remove vapor, dust, metal oxides, desiccant particles, and organic particles in the air.

If you are thinking about buying an industrial air compressor to power tools and operate machinery in your factory or construction environment, then getting some knowledge from the experts at Air Center Inc. is a great place to start.

How Industrial Air Compressors Work

If you are thinking about buying an industrial air compressor to power tools and operate machinery in your factory or construction environment, then getting some knowledge from the experts at Air Center Inc. is a great place to start. Since you are dealing with a large, often expensive piece of machinery, it’s important to know what goes into a compressor and how you can make use of one.

How an Industrial Air Compressor Works
Similar to the way your car engine works, an industrial air compressor uses the technology of piston force to move and compress air inside the machine. Pistons that are powered by electricity, gas, or diesel fuel push down on air that enters the compressor system. This air is then stored in a pressurized tank underneath and can hold a large amount of compressed air, determined by its CFM or cubic feet per minute.

Uses of an Industrial Air Compressor

  • Factory Tools
  • Pneumatic Drills
  • Paint Sprayers
  • Sanders
  • Construction Equipment
  • Power Tools
  • Pressure Washer

If you have any questions about industrial air compressors, you can contact us at either our New Jersey branch or our Pennsylvania branch.