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How to Buy the Best Used Air Compressor for Your Business

January 17, 2019

How to Buy the Best Used Air Compressor for Your Business

An air compressor can be a hugely beneficial investment for your business—although these machines come with a hefty price. Industrial air compressors can cost anywhere from a couple thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. One way you can avoid an expensive price tag is by purchasing an air compressor that is used or refurbished. Before you contact a supplier, you need to know the ins and outs of purchasing used air compressors in Toronto.


A number of factors will influence what kind of air compressor you need, such as what it will be used for, where it will be used, and how much you are willing to spend. Here’s a handy list of things you should consider to find the best used air compressor for your business.


Type of Compressor

Outside of the specifications of the compressor, there are many general types of used air compressors in Toronto to choose from. These are the questions you should be asking yourself to help with your research:

  • Where will you be using the air compressor—indoors or outdoors?
  • Do you prefer your compressor to be powered by electricity or by diesel or gas?
  • Do you need a one-stage or two-stage compressor? A two-stage machine compresses air at twice the pressure level and is ideal for high-powered equipment.
  • Do you need your air compressor to be portable?


The power of an air compressor is measured through CFM (cubic feet per minute of intake air). Your CFM requirements will depend on type of tools you will be using your compressor to power, as well as the number of tools you will need to have powered at once. Purchase a compressor with 1.25 to 1.5 times the CFM airflow that your highest-power tool needs.


Tank Size

Tank size can vary quite a bit among used air compressors in Toronto. If you compressor will remain in your facility and is expected to be used regularly, it is generally recommended that you get the biggest tank you can afford. Tools that will be used continuously will need a larger tank, while tools that will only be used intermittently can make do with a smaller tank. Of course, this rule does not apply to you if you need a portable compressor.


When you are on the hunt for used air compressors in Toronto, make sure to use this list to do your research, and prepare a list of questions to ask your supplier. Compressed Air International is a trusted source in the GTA for all things related to compressed air systems, including used compressors. Each of our used compressors is test-certified and comes with a one-year warranty. Contact us today to help you get started in choosing the right used air compressor for your business!