New or Used Air Compressor: Which One Is Best?

new or used air compressors?

When looking for an air compressor, you can choose between buying new or used. This decision comes after deciding the specific type of compressor you need. There are plenty of pros and cons for either option and diverse factors to your choice. We’re here to help you outline the advantages and disadvantages of a new and used compressor. 

Benefits of purchasing new air compressors

Buying new comes with many advantages. As long as the new equipment is being used often, you’ll receive the following benefits:

  • Receive the latest technology: Just like anything new, new air compressors use the latest tech to make operations run smooth. You also won’t have to worry about your compressor breaking down anytime soon. 
  • Higher efficiency: New air compressors typically use power more efficiently than a used option. New machinery rarely has leaks, clogged air filters or incorrect pressure readings, all of which impact your compressor’s efficiency. 
  • Long life span: New machinery naturally has a longer lifespan than older compressors. A brand new compressor equals a brand new start. 
  • Higher return on investment (ROI): As you decide which system will work for you, you’ll wonder which has the best ROI between used or new air compressors. You’ll get the most value from a new unit, thanks to its longer lifespan and quality components. 

Disadvantages of purchasing a new air compressor

The main disadvantage of purchasing a new air compressor is its cost. You’re going to pay more for something new compared to a used one. However, it’s an investment that will pay off in the long-term.

Benefits of Purchasing a Used Air Compressors

As with new, used air compressors have their own advantages. You’ll receive the following benefits:  

  • Lower Up-Front Cost: The most appealing benefit of buying used equipment is the lower price. Sometimes you can even buy multiple used air compressors for the same price you could get for one new air compressor. 
  • No Initial depreciation: Just like a new car, once a brand new air compressor is bought it’s value depreciates immediately. That problem doesn’t exist when you have used compressors. 
  • Quality Refurbishments: You might find yourself with a high-quality refurbished machine. Components may be new which would give you a more efficient and long-lasting system. If you’re not sure if the used air compressor has refurbished parts, take the time to check out the specs. You might find yourself with a great deal. 

Disadvantages of Purchasing a Used Air Compressor

When it comes to used compressors, a lot of the time you get what you paid for. 

There is also a lack of the latest technology, unknown lifespan, and few warranty options, which all provide their own value. 

Decided?

Have you decided which air compressor is right for you? If you’re looking for new compressors contact us today and let us help you figure out your best options!

Does Your Compressor Need an Upgrade?

upgrade your air compressor

Are you doing corrective maintenance more and more every quarter? Are you shouting when chatting near your compressor? Do these scenarios sound familiar? These are all telltale signs that  it may be time to replace your air compressor.

Are you exceeding repairs?

A good rule of thumb most of our customers  follow on repairs is to not exceed 50-60% of the cost of a new compressor. Main air compressor parts can cost an arm and a leg to replace, such as a new motor or an airend element. With replacing and adding new parts, you will most likely be paying for labor as well, making replacements expensive on their own. If your list of repairs starts growing, it may be a sign it’s time for something new. 

Are you using too much energy?

Changing parts can be costly, but a big electricity bill can be even scarier. As air compressors get to the end of their life, it’s common for them to need to run longer and more frequently. Less high-tech compressors consume more energy and can cause a significant headache every month when you see your bill. If your air compressor is using too much energy, it’s probably time to upgrade. 

So, have you decided? 

If you’re still unsure about whether it’s worth it or not to replace your older compressors, 3C can help you evaluate!  It is always better to add a new compressor while your old one can still be used.  That way you now have redundancy and can keep your old machine for an emergency back up.   We’re here to help with all corrective maintenance, preventive maintenance or compressor sales. And if you’ve made the decision to upgrade your air compressor, you can shop our catalog today!

Summer Maintenance Tips

Summer maintenance tips

Summertime is officially here in Texas. The summer brings long, hot and humid days, all of which can take a toll on your air compressor. Skyrocketing temperatures combined with condensation can strain your equipment’s performance unless you’re prepared. Here are some summer maintenance tips that we at 3C have put together to help you with your preventative maintenance.

1. Clean Your Cabinet and Intake Air Filters

Seems like routine maintenance, but it’s easy to forget when you’re day-to-day tasks take over . A compressor runs cooler and uses less energy when filters are clean. When you have dirty, clogged filters, they can lead to pressure drops. This causes the compressor to work at higher levels to accommodate the demand. It’s important to follow a regular maintenance schedule and add checks for seasonal changes.

2. Check Compressor Room Ventilation

Increased airflow helps us breathe easier and the same can be said about our machines. Air and oil filters require a little extra attention in the summer. Check the compressor room frequently and adjust ventilation and airflow accordingly. Air contaminants, such as pollen and other air pollutants that are prevalent in the summer, can clog up your compressors. When you check your compressor room, make sure to clean and clear the ventilation system. 

3. Look Through Your Drains

The high humidity in the summer causes more condensation when air cools and eventually come out of the drains. Check to ensure that your drains are clear and in working order so they can handle the increased flow. The condensation is sometimes mixed with the compressor oil, so we recommend treating the water before being released directly into the drain. While you’re checking the drains, you should also look at the unit’s filtered and separation tanks. 

4. Clean Your Coolers

During the summer, your air compressor is running not sprinting. To make sure it doesn’t pass out from the heat, you must unblock or unclog your coolers. When your coolers are blocked or clogged, this can cause your air compressor to overheat.

5. Adjust Your Water Cooling Systems 

With your water-cooled compressors, adjust the temperature of the water entering the system. This helps compensate for increased ambient temperatures and to ensure that it is adequate for summer conditions. 

Taking these preventive steps will help sustain your air compressor system in the summer and your business as a whole helping prevent downtime. If you find yourself with no time to do these regular and seasonal maintenance checks, let 3C help you! We’re here for all your summer maintenance along with preventive and corrective maintenance needs. 

A Quick History of the Air Compressor

Air compressor history

Air compressors are used in a variety of settings for multiple purposes. Today, compressors are used in agricultural, power engines, medical, mining, oil & gas and manufacturing industries. These compressors help in an array of ways, but back in the day they weren’t as versatile. They required a lot more manual activity than they do now. 

The earliest recorded air compressors are the human lungs. The oxygen we exhale can take out small fires and help in small, marginal tasks. With that concept in mind, the Bellows air compressor was invented in 1500 B.C. As seen above, it was a hand-held device that provided a concentrated blast of air. 

In 1762, engineer John Smeaton designed the first water wheel-driven blowing cylinder that would go on to replace the Bellows. After the water-wheel, the blasting machine invented by John Wilkinson in 1776 became the go-to industrial air compressor.  The blasting machine would actually go on to become the archetype for future mechanical air compressors. 

In 1857, compressors were used to move large air volumes for the Italy-France rail system. It was this event that helped people see more ways to utilize the compressor. In 1888, Vikto Popp, an Austrian engineer, created the first compressor plant in Paris. Paris then became the epicenter of raging debate regarding the future of power systems, with arguments that air compressors would overtake electricity. Shortly after Vikto’s first compressor plant, other inventors were moving towards creating and patenting a number of accessories that ran on compressed air. 

In the 20th century, the automotive and aircraft industries were able to have major overhauls as air compressor technology was growing. Assembly lines became efficient and people were able to assemble heavier items much faster. Simultaneously, buildings were growing and air compressors made it possible for big projects to happen, such as the Empire State Building. 

Today we see a variety of ways air compressors are used and an abundance of the different types, manufacturers, and uses. At 3C Industrial, we make it simple and easy to choose your next air compressor. Check out our product catalog and let us know how we can help you today!

Today we see a variety of air compressors used in different industries for various purposes.