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Air Consumption Guide

Choosing the right air compressor for your needs can be a daunting task.

In order to make it easier for you, lets ask a question first.

How are you going to drive the Air Compressor, i.e. Engine Driven, PTO Shaft Driven, or Hydraulic Driven? Select any one of these tabs to determine what BOSS product you need for your CFM requirements.

Disclaimer: The following information is based on all tools, airlines and ancillary products are in new and/or like new working condition. This information is a recommendation only. Always check with the manufacturer for actual consumption of tools being used. The information provided here is based on averages and should be not considered accurate for any particular tools. Please consult a BOSS representative for a product that best suits your requirements.

Air ToolAir Required (cfm @ 90 PSI)Recommended BOSS Product(s)
1/2" Impact 28-39 cfm Journeyman 30,  Bullet G 30, Bullet G 70
3/4" Impact 30-40 cfm Journeyman 30, Bullet G 30, Bullet G 70
1" Impact 40-50 cfm Bullet G 70, Bullet D 80
3" Piercing Tools 28-32 cfm Journeyman 30, Bullet G 30, Bullet G 70
4" Piercing Tools 43-68 cfm Bullet G 70, Bullet D 80
30lb. Jack Hammer 37-50 cfm Bullet G 70, Bullet D 80
60lb. Jack Hammer 48-70 cfm Bullet G 70, Bullet D 80
90lb. Jack Hammer 62-85 cfm Bullet G 70, Bullet D 80, DUS
Grinders, 2" and 2 1/2" Wheels 14-20 cfm Journeyman 18Journeyman 30, Bullet G 30, Bullet G 70
Grinders, 6" - 8" Wheels 50 cfm Bullet G 70, Bullet D 80
Rotary Sanders, 7" Pads 30 cfm Journeyman 30, Bullet G 30, Bullet G 70
Rotary Sanders, 9" Pads 53 cfm Bullet G 70, Bullet D 80
1" x 4" Cylinder 25 cfm Journeyman 30, Bullet G 30, Bullet G 70
1 1/4" x 5" Cylinder 28 cfm Journeyman 30, Bullet G 30, Bullet G 70
1 1/2" x 6" Cylinder 39 cfm Bullet G 70, Bullet D 80
Chipping Hammers, Weighing 10-13Lbs. 28-30 cfm Journeyman 30, Bullet G 30, Bullet G 70
Sump Pumps, 145 gal. (a 50 ft. Head) 70 cfm Bullet G 70, Bullet D 80, DUS
Plug Drills 40-50 cfm Bullet G 70
Riveters, 3/32 - 1" Rivets 12 cfm Journeyman 18, Journeyman 30, Bullet G 30, Bullet G 70
Rivet Busters 35-39 cfm Bullet G 70, Bullet D 80 
Steel Drills, Rotary Motors (Specs below)    
Capacity up to 1/4" weighing 1 1/4 - 4Lbs. 18-20 cfm Journeyman 18Journeyman 30, Bullet G 30, Bullet G 70
Capacity up to 1/4" to 3/8" weighing 6 - 8Lbs. 20-40 cfm Journeyman 30, Bullet G 30, Bullet G 70
Capacity up to 1/2" to 3/4" weighing 9 - 14Lbs. 70 cfm  Bullet 2,Bullet D 80  DUS
Capacity up to 7/8" to 1" weighing 25Lbs. 80 cfm Bullet D 80, DUS
Capacity up to 1 1/4" weighing 30Lbs. 90 cfm DUS
Steel Drills, Piston Type (Specs below)    
Capacity up to 1/2" to 3/4" weighing 13 - 15Lbs. 45 cfm Bullet G 70, Bullet D 80
Capacity up to 7/8" to 1 1/4" weighing 25 - 30Lbs. 75-80 cfm Bullet D 80, DUS
Capacity up to 1 1/4" to 2" weighing 40 - 50Lbs. 80-90 cfm DUS
Capacity up to 2" to 3" weighing 55 - 75Lbs. 100-110 cfm DUS
Air ToolAir Required (cfm @ 90 PSI)Recommended BOSS Product(s)
1/2" Impact 28-39 cfm BOSSAIR 85
3/4" Impact 30-40 cfm BOSSAIR 85
1" Impact 40-50 cfm BOSSAIR 85
3" Piercing Tools 28-32 cfm BOSSAIR 85
4" Piercing Tools 43-68 cfm BOSSAIR 85
30lb. Jack Hammer 37-50 cfm BOSSAIR 85
60lb. Jack Hammer 48-70 cfm BOSSAIR 85
90lb. Jack Hammer 62-85 cfm BOSSAIR 85
Grinders, 2" and 2 1/2" Wheels 14-20 cfm BOSSAIR 85
Grinders, 6" - 8" Wheels 50 cfm BOSSAIR 85
Rotary Sanders, 7" Pads 30 cfm BOSSAIR 85
Rotary Sanders, 9" Pads 53 cfm BOSSAIR 85
1" x 4" Cylinder 25 cfm BOSSAIR 85
1 1/4" x 5" Cylinder 28 cfm BOSSAIR 85
1 1/2" x 6" Cylinder 39 cfm BOSSAIR 85
Chipping Hammers, Weighing 10-13Lbs. 28-30 cfm BOSSAIR 85
Sump Pumps, 145 gal. (a 50 ft. Head) 70 cfm BOSSAIR 85
Plug Drills 40-50 cfm BOSSAIR 85
Riveters, 3/32 - 1" Rivets 12 cfm BOSSAIR 85
Rivet Busters 35-39 cfm BOSSAIR 85
Steel Drills, Rotary Motors (Specs below)    
Capacity up to 1/4" weighing 1 1/4 - 4Lbs. 18-20 cfm BOSSAIR 85
Capacity up to 1/4" to 3/8" weighing 6 - 8Lbs. 20-40 cfm BOSSAIR 85
Capacity up to 1/2" to 3/4" weighing 9 - 14Lbs. 70 cfm BOSSAIR 85
Capacity up to 7/8" to 1" weighing 25Lbs. 80 cfm BOSSAIR 85BOSSAIR 185
Capacity up to 1 1/4"  weighing 30Lbs. 90 cfm BOSSAIR 185
Steel Drills, Piston Type (Specs below)    
Capacity up to 1/2" to 3/4" weighing 13 - 15Lbs. 45 cfm BOSSAIR 85
Capacity up to 7/8" to 1 1/4" weighing 25 - 30Lbs. 75-80 cfm BOSSAIR 85
Capacity up to 1 1/4" to 2" weighing 40 - 50Lbs. 80-90 cfm BOSSAIR 85BOSSAIR 185
Capacity up to 2" to 3" weighing 55 - 75Lbs. 100-110 cfm BOSSAIR 185
Air ToolAir Required (cfm @ 90 PSI)Abovedeck Recommended BOSS Piston Product(s)Abovedeck Recommended BOSS Rotary Screw Product(s)Underdeck Recommended BOSS Rotary Screw Product(s)
1/2" Impact 28-39 cfm BA440 INFINITY 35INFINITY 80 BOSSAIR H85
3/4" Impact 30-40 cfm BA440 INFINITY 35INFINITY 80 BOSSAIR H85
1" Impact 40-50 cfm N/A INFINITY 80 BOSSAIR H85
3" Piercing Tools 28-32 cfm BA440 INFINITY 35INFINITY 80 BOSSAIR H85
4" Piercing Tools 43-68 cfm N/A INFINITY 80INFINITY 100 BOSSAIR H85
30lb. Jack Hammer 37-50 cfm BA440 INFINITY 80INFINITY 100 BOSSAIR H85
60lb. Jack Hammer 48-70 cfm N/A INFINITY 80INFINITY 100, INFINITY 185 BOSSAIR H85
90lb. Jack Hammer 62-85 cfm N/A INFINITY 80INFINITY 100, INFINITY 185 BOSSAIR H85, BOSSAIR H185
Grinders, 2" and 2 1/2" Wheels 14-20 cfm BA440 INFINITY 35 BOSSAIR H85
Grinders, 6" - 8" Wheels 50 cfm N/A INFINITY 80INFINITY 100 BOSSAIR H85
Rotary Sanders, 7" Pads 30 cfm BA440 INFINITY 35INFINITY 80 BOSSAIR H85
Rotary Sanders, 9" Pads 53 cfm N/A INFINITY 80 BOSSAIR H85
1" x 4" Cylinder 25 cfm BA440 INFINITY 35INFINITY 80 BOSSAIR H85
1 1/4" x 5" Cylinder 28 cfm BA440 INFINITY 35INFINITY 80 BOSSAIR H85
1 1/2" x 6" Cylinder 39 cfm BA440 INFINITY 35INFINITY 80 BOSSAIR H85
Chipping Hammers, Weighing 10-13Lbs. 28-30 cfm BA440 INFINITY 35INFINITY 80 BOSSAIR H85
Sump Pumps, 145 gal. (a 50 ft. Head) 70 cfm N/A INFINITY 100, INFINITY 185 BOSSAIR H85
Plug Drills 40-50 cfm N/A INFINITY 80INFINITY 100 BOSSAIR H85
Riveters, 3/32 - 1" Rivets 12 cfm BA440 INFINITY 35 BOSSAIR H85
Rivet Busters 35-39 cfm BA440 INFINITY 35INFINITY 80 BOSSAIR H85
Steel Drills, Rotary Motors (Specs below)        
Capacity up to 1/4" weighing 1 1/4 - 4Lbs. 18-20 cfm BA440 INFINITY 35 BOSSAIR H85
Capacity up to 1/4" to 3/8" weighing 6 - 8Lbs. 20-40 cfm BA440 INFINITY 35, INFINITY 80 BOSSAIR H85
Capacity up to 1/2" to 3/4" weighing 9 - 14Lbs. 70 cfm N/A INFINITY 100, INFINITY 185 BOSSAIR H85
Capacity up to 7/8" to 1" weighing 25Lbs. 80 cfm N/A INFINITY 100, INFINITY 185 BOSSAIR H85, BOSSAIR H185
Capacity up to 1 1/4"  weighing 30Lbs. 90 cfm N/A INFINITY 100, INFINITY 185 BOSSAIR H185
Steel Drills, Piston Type (Specs below)        
Capacity up to 1/2" to 3/4" weighing 13 - 15Lbs. 45 cfm N/A INFINITY 100 BOSSAIR H85
Capacity up to 7/8" to 1 1/4" weighing 25 - 30Lbs. 75-80 cfm N/A INFINITY 80INFINITY 100, INFINITY 185 BOSSAIR H85
Capacity up to 1 1/4" to 2" weighing 40 - 50Lbs. 80-90 cfm N/A INFINITY 100, INFINITY 185 BOSSAIR H85, BOSSAIR H185
Capacity up to 2" to 3" weighing 55 - 75Lbs. 100-110 cfm N/A INFINITY 185 BOSSAIR H185

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