How to Move an 80 Gallon Air Compressor



As we know an Air Compressor has many uses from tire pumping through to painting a vehicle and driving in nails with a pneumatic nail gun. When you start to think about 80 Gallon Air Compressors you are thinking about a big piece of equipment which probably weighs upwards of 400 pounds. So, if you want to move this beast it is going to require some research and planning to get it from Point A to Point B and more importantly to do it safely. Here we will look at the dimensions of this piece of equipment and show you How to Move an 80 Gallon Air Compressor with minimal risk to both people and property.

Dimensions of an 80 Gallon Air Compressor

Before we discuss How to Move an 80 Gallon Air Compressor let’s see what one these might look like. Fortunately, there are many products on the market. Let’s take the Campbell Hausfeld HS 5180 as the example. Some of the features of this air compressor include:

  • It weighs approximately 417 pounds when it is shipped
  • It has a tank which is big enough to hold 80 gallons of compressed air
  • The tank is made of cast iron
  • The dimensions of the compressor are 31 x 41 x 78 inches

Make no mistake this is a big heavy piece of equipment and moving it from one place to another must be done carefully.


Here you can see one of the methods to do this in a safe way


Safety of both people and equipment must come first in looking at How to Move an 80 Gallon Air Compressor.  You need to do a full risk assessment looking at issues including:

  • If people are required to lift it think about the number of people you may need to do it safely
  • Make sure that the people you have selected to help you can do this.While good friends may always be willing to help if anyone on the team has a back or knee problem, for example, it may not be wise to ask them to help.
  • Do the people on the team know correct lifting techniques? If you try and lift something this heavy, you may risk injury if you don’t do it properly
  • Do you have the right equipment such as gloves or harnesses?
  • What is the access /egress issues?For example, do you have to move the compressor up or down stairs

The Move Itself

You have got a team with you, assessed the safety issues and made your plan. You are now ready to move the compressor.  Different compressor models have different lift points and if the lift points are on the bottom the compressor may start to tip through being top heavy.  A good solution may be to drain the compressor oil, lay it on its side in your pick up or in the back of your U Haul Truck or Trailer if you don’t have a pick up, lash it down so it doesn’t move and take the compressor and its ancillary equipment its new home.

There you have it, some tips on How to Move an 80 Gallon Air Compressor safely with (hopefully) no damage to people and property.

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