Advantages & Disadvantages of Used Air Compressors

Air compressors are integral pieces of equipment that find use in a variety of industries, but when purchased new, can be very expensive. As such, purchasing used air compressors is common and can offer a number of benefits. Nonetheless, there are many factors one should consider prior to making a purchasing decision, ensuring you acquire a high quality machine at a low price point. Of all the factors one must keep in mind, finding a reputable supplier is at the forefront.

When selecting a used air compressor, one must ensure that the vendor can detail their testing procedures and offer a purchase guarantee. Ideally, the supplier should be equipped with extensive experience in pneumatics and the ability to service components in-house. With this in mind, this blog will cover how to select a used air compressor and how to weigh the advantages and disadvantages associated with such equipment.


Depending on the application at hand and the specifications you require, there are many benefits to opting for a used air compressor.

First and foremost, you must consider the cost-effectiveness of your choice. While used air compressors can save you a lot of money, comparing their functionality to their cost is important. In any case, even the best equipment can malfunction or fail, and the cost of a new unit can be expensive. However, if you source a superior quality unit, it can provide you with years of reliable service.

Another major advantage of acquiring a used air compressor is overall value. While new machinery depreciates in value after it has been purchased, used units have already depreciated in value, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of a lower-cost machine without the initial investment depreciation. More than that, when you find a distributor that is familiar with the machine’s past usage, you can acquire a better understanding of how the unit was used in the past, how it was maintained, and the level of wear it has endured. Lastly, used air compressors provide great temporary business solutions when purchasing a new unit is not feasible.


While purchasing used air compressors has many advantages, there are some drawbacks to opting for used models.

One of the biggest disadvantages rests on the fact that used air compressors provide limited warranty options. In very rare cases, one can procure used equipment with an available or extended warranty. Even fewer options are available to protect buyers from repair or replacement costs associated with used units.

With used air compressors, one must perform regular maintenance to ensure their functionality and reliability. That being said, you may have to replace parts more frequently and factor in maintenance downtime. The last disadvantage includes the used unit’s decreased longevity. A majority of air compressors are only meant to last 10 to 15 years, and when purchasing a used model, there is no telling how long your equipment will last. 


If you find yourself in need of used air compressors, or other compressed air systems, rely on Aviation Store Online. Aviation Store Online is a premier supplier with over 2 billion new, used, obsolete, and hard-to-find items, all of which have been vetted for quality, reliability, and functionality. Browse our expansive catalogs and fill out an RFQ form when you find an item that suits your operations. As you fill out the form, we ask that you include target prices, desired quantities, and expected shipping times frames, as applicable. Within 15 minutes of submission, a dedicated representative will reach out with a customized solution that keeps your unique needs in mind. Alternatively, give us a call or email; we are available 24/7!


October 12, 2022

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