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Different Types Of Air Compressors Tanks You Should Know

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When choosing a power tool like an air compressor, there are lots of things you need to take into account before actually buying one. There are price, performance figures… sometimes even weight and dimensions are a concern. In the case of air compressors, there are different types of air compressors tank you should know (yay)!

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Besides looking at the maximum pressure it is able to deliver, air delivery rate, price, portability, noise, type of pump, and various other features, you also need to make up your mind about the kind of tank you want your compressor to have.

If you’ve taken the time to read a bit about air compressors, like what you should NOT do with your air compressor or what are the benefits of using an air compressor, you’ll know that there are many things about this power tool. From styles, sizes, and types of air compressors.

Apart from the usual differences between portable and stationary compressors, there are many tank-style choices to choose from. It is not an issue of performance, but rather practicality and tank capacity as well as increased portability.

Pancake Compressors


Pancake air compressor | All Air Compressors

Pancake compressors are always small in size, and very light. The tank volume typically ranges from 1 to 6 gallons, and the tank itself features a low profile design for maximum portability.

Pancake compressors require very little if any maintenance since they don’t have any belts and have an oil-free pump. They are great for small and medium repairs or tire inflation but lack the capacity and power to run large air tools. On the other hand, if you need to inflate a tire they are perfect.

Hot Dog Compressors


Hot dog

Hot dog compressors are the power tools of choice for most hobbyists because they are able to power small air tools which might include staples or airbrushes etc. But, they are a bit heavier and have bigger tanks than pancake compressors.

Hot dog compressors are low-maintenance as well however, make sure you look out for one that has a carrying handle or some other accessory to help you move it around simply because of the additional weight. Oh, and if noise is likely to be an issue, bear that in mind too because this type isn’t known for its “whisper quiet” operation.

Twin-Stack Air Compressors

Twin stack
Twin-stack compressors are basically your standard hot dog compressors, but feature two air tanks stacked on top of each other.

The twin-tank configuration has a larger capacity (obviously) which makes these compressors suitable for trim work and powering nail and brad guns. They are portable, but their weight can often exceed as much as 70lbs although manufacturers often include accessories to make relocation easier.

Pontoon Air Compressors

Pontoon air compressor
Pontoon Air CompressorThese got the name because they resemble pontoon boats. Pontoon compressors have two horizontal tanks which are located horizontally along the width of the compressor, and they feature the same benefits as twin-stack compressors.

Wheelbarrow Air Compressors

Wheelbarrow air compressors are similar to the pontoon style, but their tanks are positioned along the length of the compressor. They resemble a wheelbarrow and are of similar portability. They usually have powerful motors and are more suitable for heavy-duty use. Seeing as the tanks are on the bottom, they can be used and pulled along rough terrain without damaging any of the mechanical components. They are also quite heavy, (sometimes up to 300lbs).

The tanks’ location allows you to transport the unit over rough terrain with no risk of damaging the mechanical components. The compressor’s maneuverability also offers maximum placement flexibility.

Vertical and Horizontal Compressors

Vertical air compressor
This type of compressor is not so much a style, but rather a question of tank orientation. Both portable and stationary compressors are available in either vertical or horizontal styles. Horizontal compressors are somewhat easier to carry around and are more stable, while vertical ones have the added benefit of a small footprint which is good if you are working in small spaces. Having a vertical compressor not only helps in tight spaces but also ensures stability.

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