How Many CFM Do I Need To Run Air Tools?

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 could mean you’ve overspent on your air compressor.

To help you find the compressor that’s right for you, we’ve developed this helpful air tool consumption chart. But before we get into the CFM consumption chart, let’s talk a little bit about why CFM matters to you…
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Air Tool Maintenance and Operation

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 in.  As you compress air it gets very hot and because the air is very hot, the accumulated water in it remains as a vapor, however, when compressed air is expanded through air tools it cools rapidly. With high moisture content in the compressed air, this rapid cooling has been known to cause freeze-ups at the exhaust ports of pneumatic tools. Even before this hot, moist compressed air reaches the air tool, it starts to cool down just after it leaves the compressor. It then starts to condense this moisture into water. Continue reading “Air Tool Maintenance and Operation”

Five Key Mobile Air Tool Best Practices: Optimizing Performance & Extending Lifecycle

Proper maintenance of air tools used in mobile applications, such as tire service, mobile mechanics trucks and construction, directly affects worker productivity, operations costs 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 customers) and unnecessarily high tool replacement costs. Continue reading “Five Key Mobile Air Tool Best Practices: Optimizing Performance & Extending Lifecycle”