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Air Tools Vs. Electric Tools

Power Tools | August 31, 2017

At Western Equipment, we understand how important your power tools are for being able to complete a job safely and on-time. So when it comes time to replace your old, worn out power tools, you will want to make sure that you are purchasing the best power tools to replace your old ones. That is why we carry and sell a variety of pneumatic air and electric power tools that can help you get the job done.

The Benefits of Air Tools

Air tools, also known as pneumatic air tools, are powered by compressed air supplied by an air compressor. The more compressed air you have available in your air compressor, the more powerful tools you can run. Air powered tools tend to be cheaper than electric tools because they are intended to be easily and frequently replaced. Compared to electric tools, air tools are usually lighter and smaller, but offer the same amount of power. Air tools can also be easily adjusted to deliver more torque and RPM by adjusting the airflow from the compressor. Doing so can allow you to finish jobs faster and easier.

The Benefits of Electric Tools

Electric tools are much less complicated than pneumatic air tools because you can simply plug them in or turn them on. Cordless electric power tools are also extremely portable and can come in compact sizes. Some electric tools even allow you to turn down the torque, which you cannot do with air tools without also reducing the speed to the rotation of the head. While the initial cost of electric tools is typically more expensive than air tools, electric tools are designed to last for years on end.

Power Tools From Western Equipment

Most professionals tend to use a combination of both electric and pneumatic air tools, switching between the two depending on the jobs specific tools needs and power requirements. When it comes to replacing your old power tools, choosing between air tools and electric tools may come down to personal preference.

If you would like to learn more about air tools vs. electric tools, or if you are interested in one of our products or services, please contact Western Equipment at one of our six locations across British Columbia or by filling out a contact form on our website.