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What size tank do I need?

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Tank size only becomes a factor for one reason – A larger tank for air. A compressor will run until the pressure in the tank builds to its high-pressure point. Obviously, the bigger the tank, the longer it takes to consume the compressed air. However, the downfall is that once the air is depleted, it takes a lot longer for the air tank to refill with pressurized air. I would only go with the bigger tank if I am concerned about the motor starting and stopping too often, or if I know that I will need a constant flow of air in longer intervals. You have a choice between a larger tank and a constant-run unit.

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