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Which Air Compressor do I need for my Granite Shop?

Tips when Selecting your Air Compressor

For the granite shop applications, targeting those small to medium-sized businesses and we how many grinders are you running? If the answer is 4, what we recommend a rotary screw with 15 horsepower air compressor. Our rotary screw compressor, known as the Quiet Rotary Compressor (QRS) has a tank or base mount depending on your size available. We also all these equipped with ventilation that vents out the top of the machine. This is feature allows us to vent outside to the atmosphere pretty easily.

Advantages of a Tri-Voltage

One of our favorite features is the ability for our rotary screw compressor to be tri-voltage. An easy to follow diagram in the panel allows you to rewire it from all of the available tri-voltage 200-208V, 230V, 460V. Advantage; this one machine is equipped to handle whatever power you have at your shop.

Get in the Machine with Ease

QRS 15hp d tm
Small, compact and lightweight, the QRS compressor is one of the best accessibility to all the items inside of the machine. The service in-check is right when you open the panel. The oil levels are easy to see without pulling any panels off. The sight glass allows you the inside view of how much is available in the machine. The filters are easily accessible. All three of our filters are available and located at the top. The oil and oil drainers are right in front. The usability with this unit is phenomenal. It's nice and easy to work with.
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Tips When Picking an Air Compressor:

As we wouldn't know which granite piece matches a blue backslash, picking the right compressor for your granite shop can leave anyone unsure on such a big decision.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when comparing compressors:

1. Maintenance: Select an air compressor that is easy to maintain and access. Chicago Pneumatic compressors take the guessing out of what to do. With detailed manuals to know what is required at each hour interval of your machine.

2. Replacement parts: Don't pick a machine that you have to track filters and parts down for. With a dedicated network of distibutors, it's simple to order parts and keep your machine always working at it's optimal performance.

3. Noise: Yes, noise is something to consider when selecting your compressor. No one needs a nagging employee complaining about the noise of a machine. Ask about the decibel chart and where the compressor ranks.

4. Installation: You need to be thinking about where this compressor is going to go. A quiet screw compressor (QRS) should go inside and can be right beside your employees with minimal noise. Looking to put your compressor outside? Keep in mind, not all compressors are meant for outside. Weather is a huge component to harming your compressor, so make sure you ask if they have a "weather kit".

5. Certified Tank: What's that even mean you ask? OSHA requires the tank of your compressor to be certified with ASME. The ASME certification states the pressure vesssel has been manufactured to specific standards. It should also on the tag have a NB (National Board) number stamped into it.

6. Drains: Compressed air produces moisture in your machine. Drains are essential to draining that moisture out of your machine. Make sure you ask where the drains are located, are they automatic and how often you should be manually draining.


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