Air Tools – what should I look for?

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Speedy, powerful and precise, air tools are usually powered by a simple on/off switch and attached to a portable air compressor delivering low or moderate pressure.

Using air tools rather than hand tools, battery-powered or plug-in tools can make life a lot easier, whether you are carrying out a home DIY project or working in an industrial environment.

What sort of air tools are on the market?
There is a huge range of air tools available to you, including pneumatic tools, to suit just about any task.

These include, but are not limited to:PCL air tools

  • air angle polishers
  • air blow guns
  • air brushes
  • air die grinders
  • air drills
  • air grinders
  • air hammers
  • air impact wrenches
  • air nailers
  • air ratchets
  • air riveters
  • air sanders
  • air saws
  • air screwdrivers
  • air staplers
  • air wrenches

Because of the number of options available, it’s a good idea to consult with a professional, such as the experts who run the Trader Counter at Pennine Pneumatic Services.

What are the common uses for air tools?
Air tools are suitable for both home and industrial use.

Around the home they are often used by DIY enthusiasts or hobbyists. Professionally, they are used in the automotive industry, construction, engineering, food and drink, pharmaceuticals – in fact, in all manner of manufacturing.

When using an air tool, it’s advisable to wear goggles or other protective eyewear and earplugs or mufflers.

Advantages of air tools
One of the key advantages is their weight. Air tools are generally a lot lighter than tools powered by batteries or plugged into the mains as they don’t require heavy batteries or motors.

They are also generally cheaper than other types of power tools, plus there is the ease of using one portable power source for several different tools – simply plug and play.

Low in maintenance, air tools for DIY purposes will just need a drop of oil to keep them in good working order, while industrial air tools will need a lubricating line so that they don’t run dry.

Air tools also come into their own in industrial environments where there are potentially combustible gases or where there’s a risk of electrical fires.

What size air compressor will I need?
This will depend on the size of the air tools you are using. Larger tools will require 10-20+ SCFM (Standard Cubic Feet per Minute), while smaller tools may only need up to five SCFM.

It’s important to choose the right air compressor to power your air tools so that they run at optimum capacity. For projects around the home, choose a small, oil-free compressor with low maintenance requirements.

Anything else to look out for?
It’s not a good idea to use an extension lead with an air compressor as this will reduce the voltage and can damage the compressor. Better to use a longer air hose. Watch out for leaks in the system as this will reduce the pressure available to you and waste energy and money.

If you’d like to find out more about the best air tools and air compressors for your requirements, contact Pennine Pneumatic Services on 01422 321 772. You can also reach us by completing our quick and easy online contact form. The expert team at Pennine Pneumatic Services has been supplying pneumatic equipment across Halifax, Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, and Huddersfield for many years.