A Brief Look at How Air Compressors Work


Air compressors are tools that can power many different types of equipment, including nail guns and sanders. In general, there are two basic types of air compressors: piston compressors and screw compressors. The first type has a piston that moves up and down. When the piston is in the down position, air comes into the chamber through an intake valve. When the piston is in the up position, the intake valve closes and the air is compressed, creating pressure. The second type of compressor, the screw variety, is slightly different and consists of two screws that move next to one another in different directions. This motion causes outside air to get sucked into the chamber and become compressed by the two screws, creating pressurized air.

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