Pricing and Rates
Prices will vary hugely depending on the type of compressor you are looking for and whether you require any industry-specific features, specifications or power ratings.
For example, a small graphic design business, with relatively low output power requirements, would be able to purchase a small compressor for as little as £30-£50.
By contrast, a building firm will likely require a much larger air compressor capable of powering heavy pneumatic tools. A professional quality compressor suitable for the job would typically cost around £1,500, with prices for mobile compressors suitable for larger building sites ranging from £2,000 to tens of thousands for very large-scale new models.
A primary consideration will be choosing an air compressor that not only is designed with your industry application in mind, but is built to appropriate specifications for your particular use. Of course, budget will always be afactor for businesses here, but do bear in mind that air under high pressure can be dangerous. Compressors should always be:
- Rated as being of acceptable quality under national and European standards;
- Used and maintained in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Note that it is generally unwise to attempt to modify or repair an air compressor unless you are duly qualified. Not only could you endanger yourself or others, you may also void any manufacturers or suppliers warranty.
Air compressors of any type always need to incorporate some method of dissipating or disposing of the waste heat generated naturally by the process of compressing air in a confined space (a phenomenon known as adiabatic heating). Typically air- or water-cooling is employed in the compressor design, although oil-cooled compressors are also used in some situations.
For more buying advice and examples of some of the most popular models for various applications, see our Air Compressor Buying Guide.