About Diesel Compressors
The diesel compressor is a common piece of plant on many construction sites. The concept is similar to that of a generator, taking energy from a diesel fuel source and converting it into a different sort of power that can be used locally. Whereas the generator turns diesel energy into electrical power, the diesel compressor uses it to create a source of compressed air for use with pneumatic tools. These pneumatic tools have many advantages over their electric counterparts. For example, there is far less chance of an electric spark igniting and causing a fire. Pneumatic tools can also be used in wet conditions without fear of electric shock. Because the pneumatic tool does not require its own motor, they can be lighter and deliver a better power to weight ratio.
When buying a diesel compressor, it is important that it be sized properly for the intended jobs it needs to carry out. The diesel compressor should be limited, according to its horsepower rating and also the capacity of the fuel tank, which will determine for how long it can be operated without refuelling. Its output also needs to be matched to the cubic feet per minute air requirement of the pneumatic tools being used. Larger diesel compressors often come with their own trailers and these should be inspected for road-worthiness. It is also a good idea to get evidence of the number of working hours the diesel compressor has completed and also to enquire about its service record. Diesel compressor parts and spares should also be readily available for the unit.