What is an air powered tool?

It is a tool similar to an electric tool but is powered by air from an air compressor instead of electricity. It is also known as a pneumatic tool or air tool.

What type of air tools are there?

There is an pneumatic tool equivalent for pretty much every electric tool. The most popular are air sanders, air drills, air screwdrivers, air ratchets, air grinders, air cutting tools and air impact wrenches – though there are many more.


What are air powered tools used for?

Each tool has its own purpose. As mentioned above, pneumatic tools are great for drilling, sanding & cutting etc. Tools powered by air compressors are also extremely popular with professional spray painters.

Tools powered by air are much easier to use in remote locations where access to power is limited.


How are air tools different to electric?

Obviously, an electric tool is powered by electricity whereas an air tool is powered by compressed air. But what other differences are there? We’ve put together this infographic which highlights the main differences between the two.


Air tools vs Electric tools infographic


Are air powered tools better than electric?

Both have their place in the market. The reason pneumatic tools are seen as a ‘professional’ tool is because it’s usually professionals that use them. On the other hand, if you are just wanting to do a few odd jobs around the house, then a cordless electric tool is probably your best option.

If you’re always in a garage or workshop, whether for work or your hobby – then using air tools is definitely the way forward. The sheer power and ease of use from an air tool will speed up your productivity like nothing else.

Furthermore, you can buy spare parts too, giving them greater longevity. Generally when an electric tool breaks the whole thing needs replacing.

What is the best PSI for pneumatic tools?

PSI (or pounds per square inch) is an imperial unit of pressure. Most medium sized air tools can handle around 90 PSI. It’s important to make sure that your air compressor has a maximum working pressure above the PSI required for the tool. You can always contact us here at Metro Sales if you are unsure, we are happy to assist.


What air compressor is best to power air tools?

Almost all air compressors will power a standard air tool. Most compressors these days have a maximum of around 116-120 PSI at least. This gives more than enough pressure for the typical air tool at 90 PSI.

If you are unsure which compressor you need:

  1. Let us know what you will be using it for
  2. Send us the dimensions of the space you will be using it in.

We will send you the best options for your needs! Simply give us a call:
01932 348777


What should I consider before buying pneumatic tools?

As mentioned previously, air powered tools require an air compressor to work. It is therefore a good idea to think about the space you have to work in as air compressors are usually around a metre long. If you are unfamiliar with air compressors – don’t worry! They are not as scary as they look. You can start by reading our complete guide to air compressors and you are welcome to contact us with any questions.

Just make sure that the tools you buy have a lower PSI than the air compressor you have.

Another thing you may need to think about is the size of the couplings & adaptors and air hose you will need to power your tools. Your tool should specify the size required, but air fittings can be a bit confusing and so we have put together this very handy guide about understanding air fittings.


Which is the simplest air powered tool to start with?

A blow gun is a good tool to start with. It’s a tool that produces a jet stream of air, making it ideal to clear debris or chippings.

Have a look at our full range of air tools for sale. Just remember, you can call us on 01932 348777 if you have any questions – we are more than happy to guide you.

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