How to spec new compressor for my needs.

by Rob

I am looking to purchase a compressor. I am a homeowner. The compressor will be used to blow out my in ground sprinkler system every fall and also for filling tires, maybe an impact wrench. I am a home owner. It will sit in my garage and it will be used only occasionally and no need to use more than one tool at a time. I will not use for painting or sanding tools. It will have very light use except for the annual irrigation system blow out. My irrigation company recommends that I get a compressor that will produce 8cfm at 50 psi. I don't know if that is necessary or not.

What type of compressor should I buy? I don't want to buy more than I need. I don't want to buy something so small that it is frustrating to use. The run from my garage to the input on the sprinkler system is about 50 feet or so.

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Nov 22, 2014
How big a compressor
by: Bill

Rob, I understand your desire to get a compressor that does what you need, and doesn't break the bank, too.

That's why the Sizing a compressor page is the first one you want to read on this site. Also see the pages about blowing out sprinklers, that's covered in detail.

In fact, every question you've asked is already answered on the pages of this site. Use the various search box to narrow down your search through the more than 300 pages of air compressor information here for you to use.


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