How to Figure Out What Size Air Compressor You Need
Finding the right air compressor is a crucial part of having your tools work in the way they were intended to work, in the most efficient way possible. So, grab a calculator and figure out which size you need!
Thanks to paslode.com for these instructions:
The Number of tools being used x the number of nails each tool will drive per minute x 1.2 (safety factor) x the Amount of Air per Shot (SCFM) at the operating pressure (psi). This number is found on the chart in the tool schematic and parts list provided with the nailer.
For example, if you have two F-350S tools each driving 20 nails per minute with the compressor set at 90 PSI you get: 2 x 20 x 1.2 x .082 = 3.95. The compressor needs to deliver 3.95 CFM at 90 PSI. If you operate the tool at 120 PSI at the same rate the number will be higher: 2 x 20 x 1.2 x .108 = 5.2 CFM. When selecting an air compressor be aware that as the air pressure (PSI) increases, the delivery rate (CFM) goes down. Most compressors will rate the CFM at 50 PSI and at 100 PSI.
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