Piston Ring Compressor, Reciprocating Compressor, Reciprocating Air Compressor or Piston Air Compressor
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A reciprocating compressor or piston compressor uses pistons driven by a crankshaft to deliver air at high pressure. A piston moves downwards, reducing pressure in its cylinder by creating a vacuum. The up-and-down motion is called a reciprocating motion and thats why its called a reciprocating compressor
It stands for Cubic Feet Per Minute, the amount of air a piston ring compressor delivers, measured in cubic feet in a minute. Just be aware that CFM a compressor delivers changes, depending upon the psi (pounds per square inch). Most air tools have a CFM requirement for volume and pressure. When choosing a piston ring compressor, think of the tool you are planning to use that requires the highest CFM, and add a small amount to that number for a margin of safety. For example, if a tool requires 3 CFM at 90 psi, select a reciprocating air compressor that delivers at least 4.5 CFM at 90 psi.
Brad Nailer .03 CFM, Chisel/Hammer 3-11 CFM, Drill, Reversible or Straight-Line 3-6 CFM, Dual Sander 11-13 CFM, Framing Nailer 2.2 CFM, Impact Wrench – 3/8″ 2.5-3.5 CFM, Impact Wrench – 1/2″ 4-5 CFM, Orbital Sander 6-9 CFM, Ratchet – 1/4″ 2.5-3.5 CFM, Ratchet – 3/8″ 4-5.5 CFM