How to Set Up & Use an Air Compressor Safely

Air compressors are great for a wide range of work tasks, such as: drilling, hammering, sanding, grinding, cutting, nailing, stapling, wrenching and more. Above we have a video showing how to use and setup and air compressor.  They can be used by amateur D.I.Y enthusiasts, right through to trade experts and industrial users. We have a massive range of compressors and air tools available to purchase immediately.

  • Safety

    1. Remember safety wear, such as glasses and safety boots. Safety boots are especially important if you are moving heavy work/materials, and/or using air fed nailers and staplers for your work.
  • No extension leads!

    2. Do not use a power extension lead - use a hose reel extension instead. The reason for this is because an air compressor will have voltage dropouts, if its mains lead is longer than what is manufactured. If you use an extension lead, there is a good risk you will burn out your compressor unit. Using air hose extensions is a much better idea, as it stops mains lead extensions being used; but also gives you the benefit of being able to move your air tool about wherever you want in your workspace. It's also important to consider the right air hose for the job, for example more air demanding air tools with a higher CFM requirement may need a wider ID (internal diameter) of air hose. It's also recommended to use the shortest hose length possible with the least amount of quick release couplings to reduce air loss.
    No extension leads!
  • Check oil level

    3. The compressor oil level can be viewed through the sight glass. The oil level should be about the same level as the 'red dot'. If it isn't the same level and requires topping up, remove the air bung (see step 5), and top up slowly till it reaches the 'red dot' level with compressor oil. It's important to keep your air tools regularly lubricated too, to protect the tool and extend its working life. You can add a mini in-line oiler onto the tool or use all in one filter, regulator and lubricator.
    Check oil level
  • Attach air filter

    4. Screw the air filter onto the side of the compressor. An air filters job is to keep your air supply clean, which is especially important when carrying out tasks like paint spraying; no-one wants dirt from the air being sucked into their air compressor unit, then being sprayed onto an immaculate paint surface. It also safeguards the compressor components from environmental airborne debris, so as to minimize compressor downtime and/or repairs.
    Attach air filter
  • Insert oil bung

    5. Insert the air bung into the top of the motor. The air bung acts as a vacuum for the oil part of your compressor, and allows the system to 'breathe' properly.
    Insert oil bung
  • Plug in

    6. Insert the compressor mains lead into a power socket and switch on at the socket.
    Plug in
  • Power on

    7. Pull the compressor power switch up. If you need to stop the compressor then simply push the switch down.
    Power on
  • Fill the tank

    8. Once the compressor is on the tank will automatically fill to its maximum pressure of 8bar. The compressor will then switch itself off until you start using the air supply with you tool, and automatically switch back on again when the tank needs to be refilled.
    Fill the tank
  • Connect an air hose

    9. Plug in an air hose. Our compressors all use standard Euro type quick release fittings.
    Connect an air hose
  • Connect air tool

    10. Plug in an air tool you want to use onto the air hose. If you are not using an in-line oiler then add a few drops of oil into the coupler, and add oil again after about 10-15 mins of using the tool.
    Connect air tool
  • Set regulator

    11. Turn the air regulator clockwise to the desired pressure. Consult each tools relevant manual to find the right operating pressure.
    Set regulator
  • After use

    12. When you have finished with your air compressor, turn the air regulator anti clockwise to close the valve off.
    After use
  • Power off

    13. Push the compressor power switch off.
    Power off
  • Unplug

    14. Unplug the compressor from the power socket, always allow the unit to cool down before storing anywhere, as the motor does get quite hot during operation.
  • Drain the tank

    15. Drain the air and moisture using the bleed valve underneath the tank after each use. This stops any moisture getting into your work via any air tools that are connected.
    Drain the tank
  • Thermal cut off

    16. The thermal cut-out reset switch can be located near the oil sight glass, should your compressor get too hot and cut out.
    Thermal cut off