A Guide to Air Tools
Get the job done quickly with powerful and versatile pneumatic tools
By Josienita Borlongan
Air tools let you accomplish home-improvement projects more efficiently than with battery- and electrically-powered tools. Also known as pneumatic tools, air tools are powered using air compressors. They have more torque and power than conventional tools.
An air tool features a tool balancer, flexible-air delivery system, power activator and a handle. The balancer provides easy handling of the air tool. It positions the air tool over the work station for comfortable operation. An air-delivery system connects to a hose to bring in air coming from the compressor unit, while the power activator adjusts the power used by the air tool.
Air tools include nail guns, drills, sand blasters, jackhammers and wrenches.
Air tools require a stable and constant supply of compressed air to function well. Consider the unit's horsepower and tank capacity carefully before selecting the compressor. More powerful motors and larger tanks can generate higher pounds per square inch for a longer time, giving air tools more power. Most pneumatic tools, for example, require 40 to 90 PSI of air pressure.
Always double check attachments to see that they are securely in place. Use safety goggles. The manufacturers' manuals provide more information on proper handling.
Using air tools can let you accomplish more projects in shorter amount of time with fewer reloads and no recharging.
About the Author
Josie Borlongan is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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