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Can I keep my compressor on a pallet?

What's the big deal?

Your shiny, new compressor has been delivered to your shop and it is time to get installed. The first question: Should you keep your air compressor on the pallet it arrived on or remove it? As stated in (most) instruction manuals, you should remove your air compressor from the pallet. Below is some insight on why:

Wear & Tear:

Bottom line, air compressor pallets are created to transport the machine from one location to another, to protect the machine from being damaged. The shipping pallets are not designed or intended for long-term use. Wood decomposes over time, putting your compressor at risk of damage from tipping over. If your shop or business depends on compressed air, can you afford to be without while repairing a broken compressor due to a pallet collapse?


There are potential mechanical problems with running an air compressor on a skid, since it is not hard-anchored, you’re likely to see more vibration when it's running. There is a tendency to vibrate deep into the wood grain which can cause it to fail. When your air compressor remains on the pallet, the added vibration from the machine can make your air compressor “walk” away from it’s initial location. This is extremely dangerous and can cause damage around your shop. It is also much easier to tip over than if it were anchored to concrete.


Ask questions about your compressors warranty. Often, air compressor warranty is voided if the compressor remains on skids and not anchored to the floor.


Here are a few tips, outlined in our instruction manuals, to use when installing your compressor. • The compressor must be bolted to the floor with vibration pads before operating to prevent equipment damage, injury or death. Do Not tighten bolts completely as this may cause stress to the tank welds. • A minimum clearance of 18 inches between the compressor and a wall is required because objects could obstruct airflow. • Never use the shipping skid for mounting the compressor. • It is recommended to bolt the unit to a firm, level foundation (such as a concrete floor). Do not bolt uneven feet tightly to the foundation, as this will cause excessive stress on the receiver tank. Use metal shims under the "short" feet if necessary.

Jim Phillis

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Jim Phillis , Technical Support Chicago Pneumatic

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