Why choose air tools over electric?

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Compressed air power tools can offer several advantages over electric tools, so it’s no surprise that they are favoured by many people in many different industries.

Compressed air tools – also known as pneumatic power-tools – draw their energy from a compressed air supply instead of from the mains electricity supply or a generator.

This gives them excellent isolation properties, with lower running temperatures, reduced risk of fire and no inherent risk of electric shock.

At the same time they pack a powerful punch with rapid reload times, making them a good choice for high intensity, fast paced jobs.


Industrial air tools come in many different varieties. Just some examples include:


  • Air drills.
  • Air grinders.
  • Air hammers.
  • Air polishers.
  • Air riveters.
  • Air sanders.
  • Air saws.
  • Air screwdrivers.
  • Air wrenches.



It’s a list that goes on and on – almost any manual or electric tool you can think of has a pneumatic equivalent.

There are also compressed air tools that make use of the air supply directly, for example spray guns and tyre inflating guns.


You can even get ‘cordless’ air tools which use a canister of compressed air that clips into the handle.


By doing this, you can move away from your main compressed airline and carry out work in other areas just as you can with a cordless electric tool.


This means pneumatic tools can cover everything you need – there’s no need to switch to electric when you want to be cordless.


Compressed air power-tools are built to professional standards to give you good life expectancy with minimal maintenance demand.


And as you’d expect, you can also easily restock on consumables such as collated screws and nails that load into the tool so you can install multiple fixings without having to manually reload with individual screws each time.


Finally, once you have your air compressor, you can build your collection of compressed air power-tools by adding more compatible tools over time.


When you want to switch tools, simply detach the air hose and connect it to the next tool you want to use – no lengthy electrical cables to take care of and no need to go all the way back to a mains socket to unplug.