To choose an air compressor opt for a high pressure compressor if youre using it with heavy duty tools alternatively if youre using it for something like a paint sprayer pick a lower capacity compressor since theyre smaller and easier to move around. Unless you are upgrading from your current air compressor choosing the compressor that will best suit your requirements is a bit of a chicken and egg proposition if this is your first air compressor you are unlikely to already own air tools also called pneumatic tools so picking the right compressor can be tricky. In this video this old house general contractor tom silva shows discusses what to look for when buying and operating an air compressor steps 1 most air compressors have two pressure gauges one gauge shows the air pressure measured in pounds per square inch psi stored in the tank
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