Scythes, shovels, tractors and plows are probably the tools that come to mind most when you think about getting the job done in the agriculture and farming industry, right?
You may not have realised this, but along with the above, another piece of equipment that has been used regularly to fix many problems that arise in the farming and agriculture industry, is air compressors.
Air compressors are actually being utilised to develop crop production, transportation and farm maintenance methods that are more efficient.
They are responsible for powering many tools that you might not have even thought about.
For an overview of the applications where compressors are used most commonly.
Check out the following list of nine things that can be fixed with air compression:
- Inflating Flat Tires. One of the most important components of any farm equipment is the wheels. Flat tires often mean work draws to a halt and are time consuming. That is where air compressors are handy, as they are capable of efficiently and very quickly inflating tires in all manner of vehicles.
- Hand Tools. There are numerous hand tools that rely on compressed air to function, from nail guns to pneumatic staplers and spray paint guns. So, whether you are looking to erect new storage structures, give the railings of your fencing new life or repaint the shed, compressed air is needed for all.
- Dairy Machines. The dairy industry is relying more and more on milking robots. These are pneumatically-operated and the power is provided by compressed air.
- Crop Protection. Compressed air is also used to power sprayer attachments to vehicles to disperse pest and bug killers over crops.
- Wastewater Treatment. Compressed air is used by some modern farms that handle their wastewater themselves. They use low pressure air blowers to re-erate the water tanks, which helps the aerobic bacteria to produce the enzymes needed to break down and get rid of the waste.
- Materials Transportation. Many contemporary farms rely on pneumatically-controlled conveyor systems. Whether it is for transporting powders, grains or something else, these need compressed air. As do industrial vacuum pumps.
- Storing Wind Energy. This is not widely used, but there is a lot of testing and trialling being carried out into finding ways to use air compressors to help store excess energy that is created by wind turbines.
- Cleaning Production Areas. Farms can get very dirty and you need to keep them sanitised. A quick and effective way to clean storage areas and barnyards is why compressed air-powered cleaning systems. What’s more, they don’t rely on as many chemicals or consumables as alternative methods.
- Winterizing Irrigation Lines. Does your area suffer harsh winters? It can be hard to continue maintaining irrigation lines for any excess water. Unless you use air compressors to extend their longevity and reduce spending on repairs.
Hopefully, we have been able to show just how important air compressors are for agricultural businesses and farms.
They are great for small and big jobs but because they often sit in the background powering up our favourite tools and solutions, they don’t get enough credit.
Respect for the air compressor! Helping us fix things without taking credit – you can find them large or small, depending on the job you need them for.