What Garage Air Compressor Do I Need for My Automotive Business?

Are you looking for a new garage air compressor for your vehicle workshop? Do you run a body shop and need a reliable air compressor for spray painting? The chances are you’ll find just what you need in the ABAC PRO range and our LiveChat team is here to help if you are have any questions.

We will help you find a versatile and robust air compressor that’s tough enough for the job. Our online shop stocks a wide range of air compressors, water separators, filters and refrigeration dryers for you to buy direct from ABAC. You still get excellent after sales service and support from our distributor network plus you can get expert advice from our LiveChat team.

We understand how important your compressor is to your business. Our complete systems will clean and dry the air to help you work effectively and efficiently whether you are spray painting or drilling.

As well as our LiveChat experts, we have written a handy guide to buying the right air compressor for your automotive business. Enjoy the convenience of buying online direct from the manufacturer and get advice from a team of experts!

If this is the first system you have bought, take a look at our detailed guide to buying an air compressor to help you get started. Most small to medium-sized vehicle workshop owners choose one of our piston compressors for their garages. You can order online – if you need fast delivery for your compressor, please ask our LiveChat team for information.

If you are replacing a broken air compressor, you know what a nightmare it is! It is incredibly stressful if you can’t rely on your equipment and you need to get the job done. There’s nothing worse than having a customer chasing you when your compressor is faulty. How can you finish the job without an impact wrench, a grinder or an air ratchet? Before you choose your next compressor, take a look at our tips on upgrading an air compressor. If your old compressor broke because it was too small, you’ll save yourself money and hassle by replacing it with the right sized workshop air compressor.

Bodyshops always need an air compressor for spray painting. You can buy your oil-free ABAC belt drive air compressor direct from us in our online shop. If you use large volumes of compressed air and you need a rotary screw compressor, please contact your local ABAC distributor. Rotary screw compressors are ideal for applications which run above 30 hp and for air up to 150 psi. Rotary screw and belt drive compressors are a must for anyone who wants to avoid mottled, orange peel paint finish on car or van bodywork. If you use water-based paints we recommend a 100% oil free compressed air compressor system because the paint finish will be damaged if it comes into contact with silicone from lubricating oil.

Guide to Choosing the Right Garage Air Compressor for Your Air Tools

It is essential that you choose an air compressor that works with your power supply – or you factor in the additional work involved in installing the right power for your equipment.

Workshops which demand lots of power typically have access to three-phase (400 V) power. We offer a range of 3-phase compatible air compressors, as well as 240V air compressors. If your premises only has single-phase electricity you will need 240 volt air compressors. Unfortunately 240 volt compressors are less powerful and might not be suitable for a professional garage or workshop. To make sure you aren’t limited because you don’t have enough power you need to buy the best air compressor for the work you do.

Single phase power supply will only run a motor of up to 3hp (2.2KW). Depending on the motor fitted, some will run on a 13 amp plug and some will need to be hard wired. For ABAC pistons our A29B pumps will run on a 13 amp plug, but the A39B pumps will need to be hardwired. The advantage of three phase power supply is that it will allow you to run a much larger output air compressor, subject to the amperage available (but we recommend you ask an electrical engineer to confirm this).

As a rule, any of our piston compressors supplied with a fitted 13amp plug are designed to operate off a 13amp socket. Any machines supplied with a cable which requires wiring to a plug are for a 16amp or 32amp supply. In our guide to installing an air compressor we recommend that you hire a qualified electrician to connect the appropriate electrical supply. This is a very important part of compressed air safety and it features in our fault finding guide too. We clearly list details of the power supply you need for all our single phase compressors so you can easily see which machines will run off a 13 amp plug.

You might also need a to have a ‘D’ type breaker, motor rated, fitted when you get your air compressor installed. If you aren’t sure about this, a good rule of thumb to decide if your compressor will need a ‘D’ type breaker is if it is runs on three phase power or isn’t on a 13 amp plug. You should always consult a registered electrician whenever you get a compressor installed as it is such an important part of making sure your air compressor system runs safely.

Popular Air Tools for Garages, Workshops and Bodyshops

Below is a list of pneumatic tools typically used by mechanics and panel sprayers in car bodyshops and garages. You can also see the pressure and the typical air consumption each tool requires.

Type of Equipment Typical Air Pressure Typical Average Free
Required (P.S.I.) Air Consumption (c.f.m.)
Tyre Inflator (standard)

150

1.5

Tyre Inflator (pre-set)

200

1.5

Car Washer

100

3

Air/Water Gun

150

4

Lub. Bay Grease/Oil Pump

150

15

Undersealing Pump

150

20

Waste Oil Drainer

100

6

3T Semi-Hydraulic Lift

150

5.5

Blow Gun

100

2.3-6.0

Spark Plug Cleaner

175

8

Vacuum Cleaner

150

10

Brake Bleeder/Tester

150

1

Quick Oil Changer

150

6

Air Jack

150

1

3/8″ Impact Wrench

90

2.5

3/8″ Air Drill

90

5

1/2″ Impact Wrench

90

4

3/4″ Impact Wrench

90

7.5

1″ Impact Wrench

90

12

Heavy Duty Sander

90

24

Orbital Sander

90

15

Polisher

90

24

Paint Spray Gun

90

5.0-13.0

Bead Breaker

175

1

Tyre Changer

175

1

Retread Moulding M/C

200

8

HVLP Spray Gun

25

15.0-20.0

Breathing Air Mask

15

6

The information in this table is for guidance purposes only. Every pneumatic tool is different and many other factors come into play when sizing a compressor. You can ask our LiveChat team or give us as call for free advice.

Why Choose an ABAC Air Compressor for your Garage or Bodyshop?

You need a reliable source of compressed air so you don’t let your customers down. With all our years of experience and millions of customers, you can trust us to deliver.

Our first piston compressor went into production over 60 years ago. We have built up a wide range of compressors (1.5 HP to 30HP) so you can choose the right one for your situation. We will also support you through our national distribution network. Buy an ABAC air compressor online and you can be sure that your compressor will work reliably in your garage for many years. In fact, many of our clients don’t even think about changing their compressor until they consider expanding.

We also offer a portable range of piston compressors which come with a regulator as standard. Thanks to a quick release coupling, you can quickly snap on and change your air tools.