Portable Air Compressors

Our Portable Air Compressors provide you with pneumatic power wherever it's needed. Their Direct Drive design ensures durable, long lasting compressors, that are well suited to Garages, Workshops and Construction applications. All of our Portable Air Compressors are available with free mainland UK delivery.

Portable Air Compressors - More Information


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What are Portable Air Compressors?

Air Compressors, as their name suggests, compress air to create the power needed to run equipment such as pneumatic tools and spray guns, as well as pumping up tyres and filling gas cylinders – the same mechanism is also at work in heat pumps and dentist drills. With such as wide range of uses, you’ll find Air Compressors in many industries, from construction and agriculture to mining and metal working.

How do Air Compressors Work?

Powered by an electric or petrol motor, air is drawn into the Air Compressor's cylinder and compressed. This compression is measured in PSI (pounds per square inch) or Bar – the higher the PSI / Bar, the more power the compressor has. The compressed air is then stored in the receiver tank until it is used as a source of energy for tools. 

What are the benefits of Air Compressors?

Air Compressors are an essential piece of equipment in many industries – as important as supplies of electricity, water and gas.

  • They deliver a continuous stream of power that is safe and cool
  • They are durable and reliable, making them an affordable option for many manufacturing jobs
  • High quality Air Compressors need little maintenance and repairs

Which Portable Air Compressors are in the First Mats range?

We have a wide range of portable air compressors with different power outputs, from 1 to 3 horse power and a maximum air pressure of 116psi (8bar).

All of them are portable, making them ideal for indoor industrial settings such as workshops and garages – smaller models such as the Portable 1hp Air Nail and Brush Compressor are suitable for DIY use. Larger models, such as the 3hp 100 Litre Portable Compressor V-Twin Direct Drive, are more suited to heavy duty industrial applications.

First Mats' Air Compressors all feature a Direct Drive design, which means that the pump head is directly connected to the motor. This means there are fewer moving parts than with belt-driven Air Compressors, so there is less need for repairs.

All are electric powered, rather than gas-powered, which helps to reduce noise levels (note: some models may need to be used with ear / eye defenders; details can be found in with the instructions). And all are designed to be used with Air Compressor oil.

Safety features include:

  • receiver tank is manufactured in line with Pressure Vessel Directive
  • fully automatic pressure cut-out switch
  • twin gauges displaying tank and working pressures

For more on safe working with Air Compressors, see HSE’s industry guidance HSG39 'Compressed Air Safety'.

We also have two types of Air Compressor oils: general purpose blended mineral oil and fully synthetic oil that can be used in very cold conditions. Both types of oil meet the relevant ISO Standard.

Why First Mats?

We know our customers are looking for quality safety products at competitive prices, backed by outstanding customer service – we work hard to deliver on this, which is why we have an industry-leading 4.8 Star Trustpilot rating. Our reputation depends on the fact that when you buy from First Mats, you’ll get the right product at the right price, with the added bonus of free delivery to all mainland UK destinations.


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