This article was originally published May 9, 2016 and was updated on October 2, 2020. Proper maintenance of air tools used in mobile applications directly affects worker productivity, operations cost, and profit. When an impact gun or air grinder or jackhammer breaks down prematurely, equipment operators can’t do their jobs, causing work delays (and unhappy […]
Compressed air is incredibly powerful and can be dangerous—even deadly—when used improperly. Air compressors aren’t designed for cleaning but it’s still common practice to clean the dust and debris from filters, machinery, workshop surfaces, clothes, and so forth, using compressed air. Before you reach for that air tool again, read this article to learn the […]
It can be tough to know how many CFM you need in an air compressor to operate your air tools. Too little CFM and you won’t be able to run your tools continuously—or at all!—and too much CFM could mean you’ve overspent on your air compressor. To help you find the compressor that’s right for […]
The biggest concern in the operation and life expectancy of your professional-grade pneumatic tools is moisture! Specifically, water vapor. You know this water vapor as humidity, and it is always present in the air around us in varying degrees. When this air is compressed, moisture in the inlet air concentrates with each cubic foot drawn […]
If your air tools struggle to live out their warranty or require more maintenance than the manufacturer’s guidelines state, there is a good chance you are using too much pressure. This is extremely common.
Air compressors come in many sizes, but the size doesn’t determine whether an air compressor is powerful enough for your air tools. Instead, you should assess the air requirements of your tools and find an air compressor that can meet those requirements.