What Are the Types of Air Compressors?

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An air compressor is a device that compresses atmospheric air and stores it within a holding chamber until it is needed. If you head over to your local San Jose equipment rental store, you will find that there are several types of air compressors available for rent. But which kind of air compressor is right for your needs?

Essentially, there are three types to choose from: reciprocating, rotary screw, and rotary centrifugal. They work by using either positive (reciprocating and rotary screw) or negative (centrifugal) air displacement, and can deliver low, medium, or high pressure. These types of machines are further distinguished by whether they are air-, water-, or oil-cooled, and by the method in which they are powered—i.e., electric motor, steam, diesel, or gas.

Since 1945, A Tool Shed Equipment Rental has strived to provide our customers with the best tools and rental equipment in Northern California and the Bay Area. Give us a call at (877) 890-2963 to learn more about the different types of air compressors we offer and any other of our power equipment rentals in San Jose.

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