How are air tools different from electric tools?

No matter what business or trade you’re in, it’s important to know about all of the tools available to you and what makes them different from others. If you purchase the wrong ones, you could risk making mistakes on a job or having to put off work until you’ve managed to get a hold of the ones you need.

In this article we’ll explore how air tools are different from electric tools and what jobs are best suited for each. 

How do air/pneumatic tools work?

Air tools (or pneumatic tools) are powered by air that’s typically delivered from an air compressor. The air leaves the regulator through a hose that’s attached to the tool via a quick release coupler. As soon as the air enters the tool, it’s fed through the motor which converts the compressed air’s energy into mechanical work. 

What types of air tools are there?

There are a number of air tools available on the market to help you with a variety of different jobs and projects. From drills to help you complete those all-important DIY tasks around the home, paint guns to give your room a new lease of life, to screwdrivers, sanders and more – air tools are becoming a much more popular in the carpentry and DIY space. 


How do they differ from electric tools?

Electric tools run off a either an AC or DC motor whereas air/pneumatic tools are powered by compressed air. It’s also important to remember that air is such a powerful and versatile resource, able to get the job done quickly and efficiently. 

One of the biggest difference you’ll notice when comparing to your electric tools is that because air tools run cooler, they don’t generate heat when undertaking work. Not only that but compressed air is clean and poses no fire hazard or electrical shock potential, unlike electric tools.

The benefits of using air tools

There are a number of benefits to using air tools, regardless of whether you’re using them for your own projects at home or in more of a commercial setting. Air tools can operate in areas where other power sources aren’t available and are not restricted in the way that many electric tools are. They’re also low-cost in terms of maintenance and operation – this is because they have fewer moving parts and simpler designs.

One of the biggest benefits is their safety. Air tools reduce the risks of electric shock and fires, and run cooler so cannot be damaged for overloading or stalling. 

With so many reasons to make the move from electric to pneumatic, is it time you switched?


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