How to Ship a Portable Air Compressor

shipping a portable air compressor

A portable air compressor is a handy equipment that supplies pressurized air for inflating tires or provide airpower to pneumatic tools, such as nail guns, drills, paint sprayers, sandblaster, and jackhammers.

It is usually composed of an electric or gas-powered motor, a pump, and an air tank. Some models have built-in wheels to make it easy to move around in the job site. A portable air compressor can get a bit bulky and heavy but can be safely shipped as long as proper packing precautions are followed. Here are tips on how to properly pack and ship a portable air compressor.

Drain all fuel in gas-powered air compressors to prevent leaks that could damage other packages during transit and cause you to pay for cleanup or Haz-Mat spill fines. Wrap the compressor with a generous amount of plastic wrap. Make sure that the entire motor is tightly wrapped with several layers of plastic wrap.

Tightly strap the compressor into an appropriately sized wood pallet using bands or ropes. Wrap cardboard over the compressor and hold it on with straps or band. Alternatively, encase the compressor in a crate made from plywood. Place address label inside a Ziploc bag and attach it to the package with clear packaging tape.

Take the air compressor to a freight shipper.

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