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BENEFITS OF AIR TOOLS

BENEFITS OF AIR TOOLS

KEY POINTS ON AIR TOOLS

  • Air is easily accessible - Every mechanical workshop has air supplied to it for tyre inflation, tyre changing machines, blow guns, greasing equipment, hoists, and so on
  • No ‘Test & Tag’ required on each tool, only the compressor
  • Economical - only one power source is required, the tools are generally cheaper than their power equivalent
  • Durable - power tools are prone to burning out when jammed
  • Safety - electrical hazards are less likely to exist when using the tools
  • Ergonomic – lack of electric motor means smaller lighter tools
  • Ease of use - infinitely adjustable in speed, more compact with less internal moving parts
  • Versatile - can be used in any country regardless of the power source
  • More Powerful - more power and more torque consuming less energy than equivalent power tools
  • Power to weight ratio – An air tool is generally half the size and weight of an equivalent powered impact wrench
  • Run cooler - electric motors are cooled by the dirty ambient air, air tools cooled by the filtered and dried air supplied by the power source (compressor)
  • Less affected by dirty environments - as above, clean filtered air is supplied to the tool at all times unlike electric grinders/sanders that draw the dirty dusty air to cool them. Can also be used in dirty, wet/oily conditions

ADVANTAGES OF AIR TOOLS

The Kincrome range of Pneumatic Tools, also known as ‘Air Tools’, have many advantages over electric tools due to their safety, durability, and economy. These tools have been the primary power source for vehicle painters and panel repairers, welders and construction workers and they are most commonly found in mechanical, industrial and manufacturing workshops.

Air Tools are a welcome addition during hard work on steel constructions, bridges, vehicle assembly and in shipbuilding. There are always tasks which demand feeling and accuracy, or difficult-to-reach places which cannot be reached with larger tools. Air tools enable each task to be mastered properly and with feeling, and save hours of time-consuming handwork.

Economical

Air Tools are economical to operate with the advantage of reduced running costs. The costs are considerably lower when air tools are used frequently, as the compressor for the production of energy uses less electricity than the equal sum of power tools.

Durable

Air Tools last for hours of uninterrupted intense work and have a longer useful life than power tools. As they do not have a motor, they cannot overheat and overload, requiring far less maintenance than power tools (apart from the obligatory daily oiling).

Safety

There is no risk of electrical shock or explosion – among all working appliances with their own propulsion, Air Tools are the safest and can be used with no hesitation in damp places or on wet or oily surfaces.

Ergonomic

Because there is no bulky electric motor that can hinder work, users can work longer with the ergonomic shape, reducing fatigue. For the same reason, pneumatic tools are lighter than power tools, which is especially important when using the tools all day.


WHY CHOOSE AIR TOOLS OVER POWER TOOLS?

Air Tools are adept at producing more torque and generating higher revolutions per minute, meaning more efficiency for the task required. One of the big benefits of air power is the power density of air motors. A typical high-end 1/2" impact gun has an air motor capable of 1Hp. In order to get that from an electric motor the tool would need to be much larger.

Air tools break down less frequently than power tools and are more likely to last longer. They have less moving parts, making a dropped tool unlikely to break.

Air tools spearhead every project from basic DIY in the home, to the most advanced assembly tools for industry, eg: drilling holes into steel and aluminium, inflating tyres, spray-painting or gluing. Since different air tools are required for different jobs, having one power source is an excellent proposition. Many electrical motors wear out and require replacing.

The power-to-weight ratio is much higher, as a result air tools are smaller, lighter and easier to handle (ten air tools can be stored in the same space as three to four equivalent power tools). There is an initial air compressor investment, but the inexpensive air tools and accessories quickly offset that expense. When you buy an air compressor, you are getting one powerful motor instead of a dozen small little motors that can burn out.

Air tools run cooler, they are less affected by dirt (especially useful for grinders) since they are pressurised by the filtered air that powers them, while electric motors usually have to be cooled with the ambient air, often blown directly through the motor. In areas where electrical shock could be a hazard, the lack of electricity is an obvious advantage.

Air tools are less vulnerable to jamming and failure. Power tools can burn out when jammed. Air tools are also safer because they do not require powered extension leads, which may cause injury in busy working environments.

Consider what industries use. Industries first evaluate quality and product life and cost, operating costs, product features and benefits; they mostly choose to buy air or hydraulic powered tools.



SEE THE AIR TOOL RANGE

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