How things work: Air compressors

Compressed air to power air tools and inflate tyres makes regular tasks such as whipping off nuts or inflating big tyres far simpler and easier. Compressors are not just for the farm workshop but are also installed on a large number of tractors where they supply compressed air for trailer brake systems or the air seat. The two types most likely to be found in farm workshops are piston-type and rotary-screw compressors. Both of these designs are driven by electric motors.

by Sonke Schulz

17 Sep 2019

Compressors are amongst the most useful pieces of equipment found in the farm workshop. In this article we take a detailed look at how compressors work and which of their components are subject to wear