Air tools come in a number of different forms, allowing the user to complete numerous tasks and jobs. Pneumatic air tools are able to handle tasks like painting, filling tires, and cleaning hard to reach services. Some of the most popular air tools include brad nailers, caulking guns, coil nailers, fastening tools, drills, grease guns, and wrenches. Here is a list of the different types of air tools for air compressors. Air compressor tools are typically quite long lasting. Usually the only maintenance you’ll need to do is to oil them. Since they attach directly to an air line for the compressor using a coupler, you can easily make changes.
Impact wrenches & small to medium compressors
Impact wrenches are quite similar to air wrenches, and are typically used in auto work and construction jobs. These are best to hook up to heavier air compressors such as the 2 tank system or a gas-powered compressor. If you are adding torque or tightening bolts, you’ll be using an impact wrench. Additionally, another type of tool to hook up with the 2-tank compressor system is the blow gun, which can easily clean dirt and dust from tough areas because of its passive stream of output for high pressure.
Durable impact wrenches offer very high torque and let you get through difficult jobs quite speedily. You can choose from units that are found in auto racing pits all the way to those you’ll need in your mechanic shop. They are excellent for construction work and go together very well with hot dog compressors.
Air nailers with smaller compressors
For smaller compressors such as pancake or hotdog style compressors, air nailers are a tool you will typically hook up to these. They are used to nail down shingles on the roof or to hang drywall. Similar to nail guns, the air stapler can be used for a variety of construction tasks or home crafts. You may also notice that auto shops use air sanders, which are connected to either smaller gas-powered compressors or pancake style units.
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Sanding tools with heavy duty compressors
Used with heavy duty compressors such as the wheelbarrow compressor, sandblasters are typically used to get rid of paint and rust that has been lingering on a specific surface for a while. They often have adapter kits you can use in conjunction with detergent and water to power wash as well.
Air sanders are also used to work with metal and wood. This might be finishing a car’s bodywork, or finishing a table at home. You can select from orbital sanders to finish sanding or do rough work, or belt sanders, which work best for large surfaces. In addition, these units even collect dust as you go, providing a clean work area. They typically work best with pancake, hot dog, or larger compressors depending on how much power you need.
There are a number of pneumatic cutting tools that can be used to saw off surfaces on the job. Jig saws, air shears, and multimaster cutters are frequently found in this category of air devices. Since these are smaller tools, you won’t need as powerful a unit to give them air; they don’t require as much CFM in general. Instead, you’ll be able to get by with a single-tank compressor on electric or gas power, depending on where you are.
Consider the needs of business or home workshop
You might have a woodworking shop where you need a heavy duty compressor to get the job done. A compressor can also be used for spraying finishes on your furniture, running a spray paint tool or airbrushing tool. Depending on how big your air tank is, the more often your compressor will have to cycle on and off. So, if you are in small or medium shop running medium size tools, you’ll want a heavier compressor that can handle at least 2-5 HP with a 60-80 gallon tank. You can also try a 2-stage reciprocating compressor. The basic rule is that a 5 HP compressor can power one air sander, while a 7.5 HP compressor will power 2.
Power types for different tools
Finally, remember that the power type is key for different types of air tools as well. If you have 3 phase power sources in your shop, then you’ll have nothing to worry about. But if you don’t have 3 phase power sources, you can simply grab an electronic convertor to convert phases — or use a rotary converter. Be sure to grab a 230V AC power source for single phase motors, or 220V AC for 3 phase power. You’ll be looking at 2-stage compressors for larger work of this type.