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Automotive Service
Air Comsumption Chart

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How much air pressure is need to run your air tool?
How large of a compressor do I need to run my automotive air tool?

 This chart will give you a general guideline on the most commonly used air tools in automotive repair. It shows how much air pressure is needed and the required cfm output from your compressor.


Equipment
Air Pressure
Range in cfm
Portable Tools
Compressor
cfm required
per unit
70 - 100
** Air Filter Cleaner
3.0
70 - 100
** Body Polisher
20.0
70 - 100
** Body Sander
10.0
70 - 100
Brake Tester
4.0
70 - 100
** Carbon Remover
3.0
90 - 100
Dusting Gun (Blow Gun)
2.5
70 - 100
Panel Cutter
4.0
70 - 90
** Impact Wrench 3/8" sq.
3.0
70 - 90
** Impact Wrench 1/2" sq.
4.0
70 - 90
** Impact Wrench 5/8" sq.
5.0
70 - 90
** Impact Wrench 3/4" sq.
8.0
70 - 90
** Impact Wrench 1" sq.
12.0
70 - 90
** Die Grinder
5.0
90 - 100
** Vertical Disc Sander
20.0
90 - 100
** Filing & Sawing Machine (small)
3.0
90 - 100
** Filing & Sawing Machine (large)
5.0
90 - 100
** Burring Tool
5.0
TIRE TOOLS
125 - 150
** Vacuum Cleaner
7.0
125 - 150
Rim Stripper
6.0
125 - 150
Tire Changer
1.0
125 - 150
Tire Inflation Line
2.0
125 - 150
Tire Spreader
1.0
HAMMERS
90 - 100
** Air Hammer
4.0
90 - 100
Tire Hammer
12.0
125 - 150
Bead Breaker
12.0
90 - 100
Spring Oiler
4.0
SPRAY GUNS
90 - 100
** Engine Cleaner
5.0
90 - 100
** Paint Gun (production)
8.0
90 - 100
** Paint Gun (touch-up)
4.0
90 - 100
** Paint Gun (undercoat)
19.0
OTHER EQUIPMENT
120 - 150
** Grease Gun
3.0
145 - 175
Car Lift (hydraulic)*
6.0
125 - 150
Floor Jack (hydraulic)
6.0
120 - 150
Pneumatic Garage Door
3.0
90 - 100
Radiator Tester
1.0
90 - 100
Spark Plug Cleaner
5.0
90 - 100
Spark Plug Tester
0.5
70 - 100
Transmission Flusher
3.0
70 - 100
** Fender Hammer
9.0
70 - 100
** Car Washer
9.0
70 - 100
** 6" Medium Duty Sander
40.0


* 8,000 lb. capacity. Add .65 cfm for each 1,000 lbs over 8,000 lbs.
** Devices are rated based on typical "on-load" performance characteristics.

Always check with tool manufacturers for actual comsumption of the tools being used. The above is based on averages and should not be considered completely accurate for any particular make or brand of tool.