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.

1. Safety

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.

2. No Extension Leads

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.

3. Check Oil Level

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.

4. Attach air filter

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.

5. Insert oil bung

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.

6. Plug in

Insert the compressor mains lead into a power socket and switch on at the socket.

7. Power On

Pull the compressor power switch up. If you need to stop the compressor then simply push the switch down.

8. Fill the Tank

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.

9. Connect an Air Hose

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

10. Connect an Air Tool

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.

11. Set Regulator

Turn the air regulator clockwise to the desired pressure. Consult each tools relevant manual to find the right operating pressure.

12. After Use

When you have finished with your air compressor, turn the air regulator anti clockwise to close the valve off.

13. Power Off

Push the compressor power switch off.

14. Unplug

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.

15. Drain the Tank

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.

16. Thermal Cut Off

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