Freqently Asked Questions



In what states does Patton’s do business?

  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia
  • Alabama
  • Virginia

What major air compressor brands does Patton’s sell parts for and service?

  • Sullair
  • I-R
  • Atlas Copco
  • Kobelco
  • Quincy
  • Powerex
  • Curtis
  • Champion
  • Comp Air Kellogg
  • Gardner Denver
  • Hitachi
  • ELGi
  • Mattei
  • Joy
  • Kaeser
  • Saylor-Beall
  • Grimmer Shmidt
  • Boge
  • Blackmer
  • Alup Kompressoren
  • Comp Air Kellogg
  • Corken

What is included in a free energy audit?

Our expert team provides audits and trains end-users in fundamental ways of saving energy in four key functional areas:

  • Accurate monitoring of the plant utilities
  • Reducing the energy required to generate and use utilities
  • Capturing unused energy
  • Recycling and reusing energy

The expert audit report provided by our team includes:

  • Recommendations on short, medium and long-term measures for energy conservation
  • Financial estimates and analyses of our recommended improvements
  • Specific on-site measurements and tests
  • Assistance with the implementation and monitoring of our energy conservation recommendations

Most customers see energy savings almost immediately after implementing our recommended improvements.

What’s is the advantage of using a rotary screw compressor?

We are the only company in the world with the ELGi EG Series Rotary Screw Compressors. These compressors are designed to:

  • Utilize intermeshing helical rotors to capture air, then compress it at a higher pressure
  • Operate at lower temperatures 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to keep your equipment running at peak efficiency
  • Come standard with a lifetime air-end warranty

What is the difference between a new compressor and a remanufactured compressor?

New air compressors

  • Typically cost more than remanufactured units
  • Are the preferred choice for heavy-duty, round-the-clock use

Remanufactured air compressors

  • Are rebuilt using new or recycled parts that meet or exceed OEM part tolerances
  • Deliver like-new performance without the high costs of a new machine
  • Are a more affordable choice for occasional or infrequent use

What’s the difference in the three types of air compressors?

Air compressors feature a powerful electric motor or engine that forces air into a steel storage tank then releases that air in a powerful stream capable of
powering pneumatic tools. Air compressors are available in three different grades:


  • Made for smaller, household air applications
  • Ideal for inflating sporting goods, toys, tires, etc
  • Intended to operate less powerful air tools such as brad guns and staplers


  • Constructed to stand up to the rugged demands of a worksite
  • Intended for professional building applications
  • Designed for portable use, including handheld units or as attachments to wheeled carts or work vehicles
  • Can be utilized for multiple purposes, especially powering nail guns and roadside repair tools

Commercial-Grade Air

  • Built to deliver a steady supply of compressed air all day, every day
  • Feature advanced technology to deliver superior performance
  • Designed for heavy-duty applications including auto-body shops, manufacturing facilities and powering roller coasters and oil-rig machinery

What is the difference between a stop-start and constant run air compressor?

Start-stop air compressors

  • Have a pressure switch that turns the compressor on and off
  • Are typically used in consumer air compressors

Constant-run air compressors:

  • Have motors that run and turn the pump continuously
  • Are typically used in contractor and commercial grade air compressors in industrial shops that need air continuously every day

What size air compressor do I need?

Step 1: Check your air tool’s owner’s manual to determine:

  • Its forced air requirement, measured in pounds per square inch (psi)
  • Its volume requirement, measured in cubic feet per minute (cfm)

Step 2: Check the compressor’s owner’s manual for its cfm rating:

  • Most compressors list their cfm as either 90 psi or 120 psi — this should be enough for occasional use or tools that work with frequent air bursts, like nail guns and staple guns
  • Your compressor must deliver no less than the maximum cfm specified by your air tool’s owner’s manual

If your tools require significantly less or more than the displayed psi:

  • Check the compressor manual for a complete list of the cfms the compressor delivers at different psi's

Increase the cfm requirement when using:

  • Air tools frequently
  • Multiple tools simultaneously
  • “Constant use” tools like random orbit sanders

How to power several different pneumatic tools:

  • Use the tool with the highest forced air requirement (psi)

How to power several different tools simultaneously on the same compressor:

  • Add up the total of each tools’ force air requirement

Example: To run a 4 cfm @ 90 psi air gun AND a 5 cfm @ 90 psi sander, your compressor must produce at least 9 cfm @ 90 psi

What maintenance does my air compressor require?

  • Change the oil after about every 7000-8000 hours of use
  • Clean the air intake filter on a weekly basis
  • Replace the air intake filter when you notice holes or tears in the filter
  • Add an air dryer or contact Patton’s if you notice water in the compressor
  • Clean or replace the compressor’s condensate trap or replace your air dryer with a larger model if you notice water in the lines

You can also contact Patton’s highly trained technicians for professional, honest advice and unsurpassed service and support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What voltage does my air compressor run on?

  • Most consumer compressors are designed to operate from a single 110V outlet
  • Contractor and commercial-grade air compressors are available in either 110 or 460 voltage options
  • We do not recommend using any air compressor with a generator because of power fluctuations that interfere with the constant voltage they require to operate properly

What size hose should I use?

  • Most consumer air compressors are designed to operate with a ¼” hose up to 150 feet
  • Contractor and commercial-grade air compressors typically use a 3/8” hose — contact Patton’s to let us help determine the maximum hose length for your air compressor

What size air tank do I need?

  • Check your air tool’s owner’s manual for its exact air requirements
  • The size of tank required depend on the air you need stored
  • Larger tanks keep your air compressor from start and stopping as frequently
  • If your operations do not require a lot of air, a smaller tank may be the more affordable choice

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