Pneumatic tools buying guide
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Why use pneumatic tools?
Pneumatic tools are lighter than their wired or battery-operated electric counterparts.
With a simple manufacturing process, their apparatus is less prone to breaking down. Their performance will remain stable as long as they are supplied by a correctly configured compressor.
What are some pneumatic tools?
Electric motors can operate with compressed air. Other tools such as jacks, rivet guns, shears, vacuum cleaners etc. also use the same technology.
- Impact wrenches;
- Nailer and stapler ;
- Paint guns;
- Sandblasters etc.
Pneumatic tools: pressure and use and air flow
To properly configure your pneumatic tool, it's important to pay attention to:
- The operating pressure, expressed in bars (B) as needed for the tool used;
- The required air flow rate expressed in liters per minute (l / min).
How does an air compressor work?
A compressor functions with compression units made up of an electric or gas motor in which a cylinder (equipped with a piston) compresses air and sends it into a sealed reservoir of a variable volume, stabilized at a given pressure.
The aire flow rate is measured in l / min (liters per minute) or in m 3 / h (cubic meters per hour), where 1 m 3 / h = 16.67 l / min.
The air flow is based on the reservoir's volume and filling rate- all relative to the compression unit.
Choosing a compressor is the result of an in-depth analysis of your needs in terms of air flow, pressure, autonomy, etc.
Tip for sizing pneumatic tools and compressors
Understanding your needs is simple, but it's always good to have a margin of safety.
The result is the minimum number of liters per minute (l / min) required!
Lastly, avoid adding m 3 / hr (cubic meters per hour) with l / min (liters per minute).
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