How to choose an air compressor

Bill Braber

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Braber Equipment was founded in 1969 by Bill Braber in Abbotsford, BC Canada after immigrating from Holland with his young family. Bill returned to Holland each year to purchase farm equipment to be sold to dealers in British Columbia. A vacant lot next to the family home was the original yard and the parts department was located under the family pool table in the basement of the home. Braber Equipment grew quickly in the years that followed, as quality, service, and support were the pillars that drove the business forward.to pro



Nick Braber

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In 1991, Nick Braber created BE Pressure Supply to manufacture pressure washers to be sold to the agriculture dealers who were already purchasing from Braber Equipment. Using the same values, BE Pressure quickly became its own manufacturing company. Starting with one unit at a time, they created a reputation for high-quality and reliable pressure washers in the Canadian market. BE Pressure expanded quickly in the US market along with international export. It has gone on to diversify its production to produce other types of Power Equipment.ction to produce other types of Power Equipment.



Curtis Braber

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Today, BE Power Equipment is a global manufacturer of Pressure washers, Air Compressors, Power generators, Water pumps, logs splitters and forced air heaters serving the industrial markets in over 30 countries. Third generation owner Curtis Braber continues to build on the values instilled from the previous generations along with an engaged team, continuing the development and growth of the BE brand.

Braber Equipment in 1969

Braber Equipment was founded in 1969 by Bill Braber in Abbotsford, BC Canada after immigrating from Holland with his young family. Bill returned to Holland each year to purchase farm equipment to be sold to dealers in British Columbia. A vacant lot next to the family home was the original yard and the parts department was located under the family pool table in the basement of the home. Braber Equipment grew quickly in the years that followed, as quality, service, and support were the pillars that drove the business forward.to pro

BE Pressure Supply in 1991

Braber Equipment was founded in 1969 by Bill Braber in Abbotsford, BC Canada after immigrating from Holland with his young family. Bill returned to Holland each year to purchase farm equipment to be sold to dealers in British Columbia. A vacant lot next to the family home was the original yard and the parts department was located under the family pool table in the basement of the home. Braber Equipment grew quickly in the years that followed, as quality, service, and support were the pillars that drove the business forward.to pro

BE Power Equipment today

Braber Equipment was founded in 1969 by Bill Braber in Abbotsford, BC Canada after immigrating from Holland with his young family. Bill returned to Holland each year to purchase farm equipment to be sold to dealers in British Columbia. A vacant lot next to the family home was the original yard and the parts department was located under the family pool table in the basement of the home. Braber Equipment grew quickly in the years that followed, as quality, service, and support were the pillars that drove the business forward.to pro

Required Air Volume

The chart below includes some common air tools and their average CFM measurements.

Reference this chart to determine what continuous CFM rating is required of your air compressor. Air tools are often rated as "Average CFM". "Average CFM" is typically based on a 25% duty cycle (15 seconds out of a min.). This sometimes creates a problem with tools that are used on a continuous basis (ex. orbital sanders, die grinders, etc.). Nailers and impact wrenches typically don't have the same problem since they are used more intermittently. If you plan on using an air tool on a continuous basis, it is best to multiply the "Average CFM" x 4 to get a continuous CFM rating for the tool.