Air tools, otherwise called pneumatic tools, put convenient, low-priced power in your hands. So whether you're tackling DIY projects around the house, building an extension on your home or working on your car's bodywork, you have the right tools for the job. Use the following information to narrow down your search and find essential supplies for your project.
Common types of air tools
There are many different types of air tools that have a range of uses in your home or shop:
- Drill: Air drills are less common than electric or cordless drills for home use. They're usually reserved for industrial situations.
- Wrench: A common sight in auto shops, air-powered socket wrenches and impact wrenches make short work of nuts that are almost impossible to remove by hand.
- Nail gun: Brad nailers and framing nailers have the potential to apply nails in seconds, making projects such as fitting trim in your home incredibly quick. Nail guns are particularly useful for people who struggle to line up nails and hit them squarely with a hammer. Each nail from the gun goes in straight with just a single press of the trigger.
- Tire inflator: Pneumatic tools are often used for auto repairs, and a tire inflator is a useful tool to have on any long trip. The inflator accurately inflates tires without much effort on your part.
- Paint sprayer: Compressed air allows for a consistent, steady stream of paint with incredible precision. An air-powered paint sprayer is essential for auto bodywork where a perfect finish is the most important thing.
Choosing a compressor
Air tools work in conjunction with cans of compressed gas or an air compressor. Making sure you get the right compressor to marry up with your tools is essential for optimal, safe performance. Always check the compressor's air-delivery rating and compare it to the air requirement rating of your tools. The tools should require less air than the compressor has the potential to deliver.
Other considerations when purchasing a compressor include its size and whether it's a single-stage or two-stage system. Single-stage compressors only compress once and are suitable for casual work, such as home DIY projects. Two-stage compressors compress the air twice to double the pressure, making them more suitable for industrial use. Portable compressors offer a lot of flexibility for homeowners who have to tackle a range of chores, and some compressors are versatile enough to work in horizontal or vertical positions. This means they're easy to use no matter where you need to work.
The benefits of air tools
Air tools usually run off a compressor, so there's an additional up-front cost to consider when investing in such tools. Furthermore, you need to take care to ensure the tools you purchase are compatible with the compressor you have. This may seem daunting at first, and some people may consider electrical tools to be an easier alternative. However, before you make your decision, consider the benefits of working with compressed air tools:
- Lightweight: Air tools don't have their own motor or electrical components. This makes them much lighter so it's possible to use them safely for longer periods without experiencing muscle fatigue.
- Simple: The lack of a motor also reduces the number of components that may develop a fault, so air tools tend to last longer than electrical alternatives.
- Low running costs: Energy use tends to be the biggest cost associated with air tools. For infrequent use, it may prove more economical to use electrical tools, but for big jobs and regular use, air tools often work out as the most cost-effective option.
- Flexibility: If you have electric outlets, it's easy to hook up a compressor to run your air tools. But it's also possible to use air tools in locations that are off the grid by using cans of compressed gas instead. Furthermore, it's possible to use air tools in places where electric tools aren't safe, such as wet locations, or in areas that are in close proximity to explosive or flammable materials.
You have the power
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