If you are new to working with air tools, there are a few things you need to know about how they operate and work in order to keep yourself safe as you work with them.
Smaller Doesn't Mean Less Powerful
With air tools, don't judge a tool by its size. Just because a tool looks small doesn't mean that it uses less air than a larger tool. A smaller tool may require a lower air flow than a large tool; however, that doesn't mean that it isn't using a considerable amount of air. Virtually any air tool you purchase needs to use enough air to drive an internal compressor at a fast rate. Don't underestimate the air needed or power behind an air tool just because it is on the physically small side.
You Need More Air
As a general rule of thumb, you probably need more air than you think you do, which means that you probably need a larger air compressor than you think you do. It can be difficult to estimate how much air you need, as the amount of air depends upon the tool, the job you are working on and the cool-down time required for your tool. It is a good idea to purchase a compressor that is slightly bigger than you think you need to ensure that you actually have the air you need to get your work done.
Keep in mind that smaller compressors usually also are lower quality and designed for use with small home projects, not for constant everyday use. If you plan on using your compressor on a regular or daily basis, go for a larger machine with higher quality parts and a longer cycle life; it will save you money in the long run.
Always Use A Filter
Make sure that you use a filter when you work with a heavy duty air tool hose. You want to use a filter that will not only trap and filter out dirt and debris from the air, but will trap and filter out water as well. You don't want water getting into your air compressor or air tools. Water can be really damaging to your air tools, resulting in a buildup of rust and a breakdown of the internal parts of your air filter. You need a water filter on your machine. In fact, the warranty that comes with many of your air compressor tools requires that you use an air filter. The lack of an air filter can actually void your warranty.
When working with air tools, remember that small tools are still powerful and that you probably need a large air compressor than you think you do. Always make sure that you have a filter set-up before you start working.
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