No matter what size of air compressor you may own from a small portable unit to a massive 15 horse power 120 gallon air compressor you want to have all the bells and whistles to really make your work simple. Having different options for air compressor accessories will not only make your work easier but it can also increase the life of your air compressor by keeping it well maintained and conditioned, regardless of how frequently it is used.
One of the biggest decisions, literally speaking, is the size of tank you select to go with your air compressor motor. Tanks come in a huge variety of sizes and shapes, perfect for fitting into any corner of your garage or work area. Vertical tanks are more common for corner type positioning while the large horizontal tanks are perfect for sitting under benches or even under shelving units and storage areas. Tanks have different PSI ratings, so it is essential to match your PSI needs with the tank you are considering. In addition, you will also have to check the recommended pump capacity for the tank. Many of the larger tanks that take the 175 to 200 PSI rating are good for a variety of pumps from 2 to 10 horse power or greater.
Membrane air dryers are another one of the many accessories that will not only improve your work but also protect your equipment. These air dryers will pull the moisture out of the air before it hits the lines, preventing problems with water in the lines or freezing in cold temperatures. There are several different models and styles of these dryers, but all are designed to provide clean, dry air at the end of the hose. Some are approved for hazardous environments and even have an oil removal prefilter for additional protection. The membrane air dryers should have an autodrain as well to allow moisture to be drained from the system.
For those environments or projects that need critically dry air the desiccant air dryers are one of the major air compressor accessories. These wall mounted units have separate control panels to allow easy access to the system. In addition they can be regenerative units which actually extend the life of the desiccant. A service kit is available that includes replacement parts, filters, lubricant and mufflers to keep the dryer running clean and smooth, even when the system is operating in below freezing weather conditions.
Of course, a good stationary air tank and filter is great for the service area or garage, but what about those times you need air away from the building? Portable air compressor tanks with conversion kits are definitely air compressor accessories you should include on your list. The portable tank needs to be easy to carry, with the tank conversion kit, in your vehicle or around the property. The conversion kit with a shut off value, gauge and tire chuck is a perfect addition to any home garage or workplace, easy to use and also easy to monitor the air pressure out of the tank.
Other considerations for air compressor accessories include air and water aftercoolers as well compressor valves and flywheel replacements. Manifolds and even the engine driven compressor controls all may need to be replaced over time and with use, with different models and sizes of pumps and motors all needing the correct type of replacement accessories. Most of these parts can be ordered online, all you will need to know is the brand and model number of your air compressor to find the part you are looking for.