Air tools, or pneumatic tools to be more precise, are quickly becoming a key piece of machinery for both professionals and home DIY enthusiasts. Although they can require some expert knowledge to set up in the first place, once they are up and running, air tools are a great addition to any collection. As they share some similarities in their function to electric tools, it is worth exploring the benefits of air tools to help decide which is best for you and the task in hand.
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Using air tools to assist with projects has several benefits. Firstly, they are lightweight, lighter than their electric counterparts. This is because they do not have a battery pack or corded attachment that must be factored into their design and overall weight. Second, they are easy to use. This is apparent when opting to work in confined spaces, such as the engine of a car. Due to their small size, in relation to electric tools, they are easier to manoeuvre in small spaces. Third, due to less working parts they tend to be cheaper than other power tools, making them appeal to many. This also means that they typically require less maintenance and so can be used for longer periods of time without repair. Finally, they speed up the work process. Although more similar in size and weight to a manual tool than an electric one, they are still able to offer additional power that is necessary for more intense jobs.
Air tools come with a large variety of specialisms, such as drills, screwdrivers, grinders, sanders & polishers, saws, shears, nibblers, rachets, impact wrenches, staple & nail guns, hammers, riveters, grease guns and paint spray guns.
Although each of these will have a very specific use, they will all allow the user to operate the tool in a way that has a great deal of power behind it. For example, although the function of a regular hammer and air hammer are fundamentally the same, the air hammer will be able to offer that additional power which means that it can be used for even the toughest of jobs.
Opting for the air tool variety of one of these tools will assist with the task at hand and will also help to speed it up. This is because the tool is designed to utilise compressed air, which is supplied by an air compressor attached to the device. This then creates a build-up of pressure in the tool, which is then realised when operated. In turn, this allows the air to flow through and add large volumes of power behind the action.
Typically, air tools are used in more industrial settings, such as garages and car manufacturers due to their power, but there is no reason as to why they cannot be used at home. However, you will have to ensure that you have an air compressor on site to keep them powered up.