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Air Vs. Electric Powered Tools: Which is right for you?

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Caps Australia discusses the various advantages and some disadvantages of air tools for users when compared with electric tools

Both DIY users and tradespeople need the right combination of tools to achieve maximum efficiency in their work. There has long been a perception that air tools are only useful in a limited number of environments; however there are several uses for air tools in industrial trade and home environments. 

The advantages of air tools far outweigh their disadvantages. A key benefit of air tools for the user is its power to weight ratio with more torque and higher revolutions per minute in comparison with electric-powered tools, enabling users to complete their work project tasks much more effectively. 

Air tools are generally smaller, lighter and easier to handle, which can be a major advantage during work. Lower maintenance costs are a result of air tools being designed with minimal moving parts. 

Air tools are safer to use, eliminating potential issues such as electric shock from exposed cords. Air tools are also less likely to be stolen as air is needed to power the tool. 

Air tools such as screwdrivers have better clutch and torque options. These tools also allow for greater variance with speeds and torques to help users get their job done more easily. 

Air tools run cooler, and are less likely to overheat like electric-powered tools. Ideal for use in a variety of different tasks, air tools can run continuously and offer high reliability.

Disadvantages of air tools include the requirement for a compressor to provide a source of air, initial purchase costs, higher noise and need for sufficient, clean air to operate.

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