Air Tools & Compressors2019-02-02T17:36:19+00:00

Air Tools And Compressors

air-powered sander in man's hands

Air compressors are some of the most versatile devices for any kind of handiwork. They’re not a tool in-and-of themselves, however, as some believe. Rather, they are a device for powering a wide range or air tools. Here, we’re going to look at the different air tools you can equip to a compressor, as well as a brief look at different types of air compressors.

Air compressors

These are the central components that provide the compressed air to the range of power tools we will be taking a look at. They’re used in a wider variety of settings, like construction, woodworking, auto maintenance and more. They come in three main varieties:

Reciprocating: These increase air pressure by reducing its volume, essentially sucking in air to pump it out continuously through the tool and allow the user to adjust the pressure of the air provided.

Rotary screw: These devices use two rotors which compress the air internally continuously and are considered some of the easiest to maintain and operate.

Centrifugal: These are oil-free compressors that use a rotating impeller to produce high-pressure discharge and offer a greater capacity of compressed air than others, making them more suited to specialist tools.

Now, let’s take a look at some of the tools that can be powered by an air compressor:

· Drills: The precision offered by an air compressor when it comes to drill in unparalleled, making holes much more efficiently than the traditionally powered alternative.

· Orbital sander: Air compressors take a lot of the work out of what is widely considered one of the most time-consuming tasks in woodworking, taking as little as a tenth of the time to sand a surface completely.

· Air hammers: This tool can be used to carve stone and cut metal in a matter of moments. However, it can also be outfitted with attachments like a shock-absorber chisel, exhaust-pipe cutter, ball-point separator and more.

· Brad nailers: For thinner nails that are common in many household projects that lack the fat-wide heads, a hammer won’t do the trick. Brads are often used instead and are applied pneumatically by this device.

· Angle grinders: Metal is notoriously tough, but when you need to trim, saw, or cut it, angle grinders allow you to do so with precision.

· Speed saws: As with nails, the greatest benefit the air compressor has to offer to saws is efficiency. A speed saw takes a fraction of the time it would take a circular saw to make precise cuts and doesn’t require any physical effort or arm movement from the user.

· Hydraulic riveters: Rivets are used for fastening pieces of metal together, when nuts, bolts, or nails won’t do the trick. The hydraulic riveter uses pneumatic force and hydraulic oil to push these short metal pins in.

There are even further examples of air tools that can be attached and powered by an air compressor. These include tire inflators, blowers, needle scalers, impact wrenches, and more. As mentioned air compressors are incredibly versatile, so it can be difficult to make a comprehensive list for but hopefully, this post has given you an idea of just some of their uses.