Air compressors are used in many different industries for a variety of jobs. Portable air compressors are often used in the construction and demolition trades to power the tools used on job sites and where there is not a good source of electricity. While there are some electric portable compressors on the market, industrial or commercial generators are quite large and many are on their own trailer so they can be easily transported from place to place.
Maintaining Your Portable Compressor
Most portable compressors run on diesel fuel or gasoline, depending on the manufacturer and the engine used to power them, and need the same kinds of maintenance that your car or truck needs. Oil changes, filter changes, and sometimes a tune-up are all important parts of keeping the engine running right on your portable compressor. Determining the interval for engine maintenance is pretty simple. Follow the manufacturers recommendations for hours of use or do it a little earlier if you have been working it hard. Keeping the engine running is critical because, without it, you can not run the compressor.
Taking It One Step Further
Inspecting the chassis, tires, and lights on the compressor should be a regular part of taking it to any site. Before you head down the road, look over the frame to ensure there is no damage to it from the stress of moving it. Cracks or bends in the chassis should be addressed right away as they can affect the safety and reliability of the compressor. Check the tires for damage, wear, or defects and change tires that are not safe. Any tire that has threads or metal bands showing, is out of round, or has a defect such as a bubble on the sidewall or tread should be replaced right away. Check the tow lights on the back of the compressor as well. If they are not working, traffic behind you will not be able to tell if you are stopping or making a true and an accident may result. Repair and light that is not working before you tow the compressor anywhere.
Replacement Parts For Your Compressor
Check the compressor unit itself to ensure it is working properly before taking it to a job. Starting it and running it for a few minutes is a good way to make sure it is building up and maintaining air pressure. If it is not working properly, it should be taken in for service. The dealer that you bought the unit from is the best option for service. They will most likely carry all the replacement parts for your machine or can get them if there is something that is broken or damaged. Compressors used in construction, demolition, and road work see a lot of use and replacing any part with anything other than genuine parts from the manufacturer is risky. Getting the right Sullair compressor part to do the job it was intended to do is the best way to keep your compressor working properly and ready for the next job.