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Announcing the Winner of our Air Compressor Competition

After racking up over 100 entries we’re pleased to announce the winner of our competition to win a Bambi BB8 Silent air compressor. To enter the competition we asked model makers and war gamers to send in a photo of their favourite model to be in with a chance of winning the prize. This morning ... Continue Reading

Air compressor components: A simple guide to the pressure switch

The pressure switch is a fundamental component of your air compressor. It performs a very simple yet vital task. A conventional domestic or small industrial air compressor works by drawing in normal air at atmospheric pressure. This air is then compressed by one or more pistons driven by an electrical or petrol-driven motor and the resulting ... Continue Reading

Air compressor maintenance: The importance of draining your air receiver

Taking proper care of your air compressor will extend its life and ensure that it continues to work at optimum efficiency. One important little task is to drain your air receiver as often as possible. Normal atmospheric air drawn into your air compressor’s receiver contains water vapour. As this air is compressed the water vapour ... Continue Reading

Compressor Cake! 50th year celebrations come to an end.

Only a few more days left of our 50th year with the final icing on the cake from ABAC. Thank you very much for our fantastic cake! It must have taken a long time to make as the detail is amazing. Looks too good to eat…. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you ... Continue Reading

Air compressor maintenance: Are your air filters costing you money?

The air filter in your air compressor plays a crucial role in its efficient operation. Air filters remove water vapour and particles of dust and other matter present in atmospheric air and, in oil-filled air compressors, also remove minute droplets of oil which may be present as a result of the compression process. A blocked ... Continue Reading

Competition: Win a Bambi BB8 Silent Air Compressor

It’s competition time here at Air Supplies and we’re giving you the chance to win an excellent Bambi BB8 Silent Air Compressor that’s ideal for model makers. All you have to do is show us your favourite model from your collection. Trains, Warhammer, Airfix, table top gaming, it doesn’t matter what the model is it ... Continue Reading

Rotary screw air compressors: ABAC SPINN series 2.2kW to 5.5kW model review

Originally, respected air compressor manufacturer ABAC had aimed its SPINN series of rotary screw compressors at larger industrial users. Subsequently recognising that smaller businesses might also benefit from energy-efficient and cost-effective rotary screw compressors, ABAC extended its well-received SPINN range, adding 2.2, 3, 4 and 5.5kW models in addition to its existing larger 7.5kW and ... Continue Reading

Air compressor news story: the most valuable air tool ever – a human heart

Replacing a diseased or defective human heart with an artificial model is nothing new, but the usual outcome is that the recipient of an artificial heart is confined to bed and connected to an immovable life support system. Thanks to a portable air compressor, however, for the first time in history the patient of an ... Continue Reading

Industrial air tools: The incredible story of Desoutter Pneumatic Tools

If you’re unfamiliar with the name Desoutter you might be surprised to learn that the company is one of the world’s oldest and most respected manufacturers of a wide range of high-quality industrial air tools. But the amazing success story of Desoutter Pneumatic Tools began with a potential tragedy in 1913. Andre Desoutter, the son ... Continue Reading

We are 50 years old!

Now at the end of the month, we have finished celebrating our 50th year in business. The family business was started in October 1963 by Thomas Thomas in a small premises on Acton Road. We still operate from Acton Road, next door to the original building, from our current 7,000sq ft location we moved into ... Continue Reading

Air compressor tips: Cleaning your computer with an air compressor

When in use, modern PCs generate a lot of internal heat. Most PCs feature a number of cooling fans’ you’ll find these on the graphics card, the computer’s processor (often coupled with a big metal ‘heat sink’  and on the power supply. There will also be cooling vents and possibly more fans in the computer’s ... Continue Reading