30 gallon or 60 gallon air compressor?

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30 gallon or 60 gallon air compressor?

Post by Ferrous_fabricator » Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:50 pm

Hey guys, I need some of ur experience and expertise in deciding on what air compressor size I should buy? I obviously know the 60 gallon larger-sized air compressor is my best bet. My problem lies in not only providing electricity with the 220 volt plug but also not wanting to put too much stress on my breaker for my garage considering I also have to power the entire house including, pool pump, dryer, washer, air conditioning unit, oven and various other appliances. My real question to you guys is will a smaller 30 gallon air compressor tank be able to keep up with my plasma table that I bought from Premier plasma? Still waiting to recieve it. I'm just trying to figure out some loose ends before I get the table Thanks guys!!!

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Re: 30 gallon or 60 gallon air compressor?

Post by djreiswig » Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:15 pm

Your plasma cutter should have a cfm requirement, and the compressors have specs on the cfm they can provide at different pressures. That is what I would go off of.
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Re: 30 gallon or 60 gallon air compressor?

Post by SegoMan DeSigns » Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:40 pm

Go at least 50% bigger on the cfm requirements and get the bigger tank. The bigger the tank the less cycling on the motor saving you $$

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Re: 30 gallon or 60 gallon air compressor?

Post by Bucket8577 » Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:02 pm

SegoMan DeSigns wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:40 pm
Go at least 50% bigger on the cfm requirements and get the bigger tank.
Good advice.
Newbie to plasma cutting.

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Post by Ironken » Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:22 pm

I also agree with Sego. I was taught the rule of thumb was to size a compressor at minimum 150% of your requirements. Compressors have a duty cycle much like welders....they need a rest period unless they are rated at 100% D.C. Sizing larger than you need allows for this.

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Re: 30 gallon or 60 gallon air compressor?

Post by MetalnTrucks » Fri Jul 03, 2020 3:57 pm

It's tough finding the right compressor size because companies often times exaggerate compressor's CFM ratings. From my experience an average 30 gallon compressor will get you by for small hand cuts on a machine 45 amps or less. For any type of CNC table I would 100% go with a 60 gallon compressor. Those are the only compressors that offer a sufficient CFM rating.

Like others have mentioned duty cycle is also something to consider as running the guts out of your compressor can make it bite the dust pretty quick.

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