Piston compressors are often used for compressing air and other gases for powering pneumatic tools, inflating tires, or supplying air to industrial processes.  Multiple steps are required to effectively operate your equipment safely. Here are a few tips on how to operate your piston compressor.

Safety always comes first! Before using the compressor, make sure you are familiar with the manufacturer’s instructions to prevent mishaps or wrong operation that may cause injury. Air compressors are high-powered heavy-duty machines, so you need to makes sure you are in the proper safety equipment, such as safety goggles and hearing protection prepared prior to operating the equipment.

Before you start up your piston air compressor, make sure it is placed on a stable and level surface. Check to make sure your electrical outlet matches the voltage of the compressor and then plug the compressor into the power source. If you’re using a gasoline powered compressor, check to make sure there is enough fuel in the tank, and place it in an area that allows good ventilation to prevent harmful fumes from building up.

Once all that is done, set the desired pressure level for your air compressor and then turn it on. Let the pressure build up in the compressor until it reaches the set level. The compressor will then turn off automatically once it reaches the set level. If not, then you have to manually switch off the air compressor. At this time, you will attach the air hose to the compressor’s outlet port using the right fittings. Connect the other end of the air hose to the equipment you want to use. Proceed with using your equipment, but remember to keep an eye on the compressor’s pressure gage to make sure it maintains the desired pressure level. If the pressure drops significantly, the compressor will restart automatically to maintain the set pressure.

When you’re ready to stop using the air compressor, turn off your equipment first. Then, turn off your air compressor. Open the drain valve to let out any remaining pressure in the air tank to prevent moisture buildup inside the tank. Last step is to disconnect your equipment from the air hose.

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