Air Tool Parts and Accessories
Air tools are efficient, affordable and highly powerful, which makes them a popular choice for home garages and workshops. The number of tools that can be used with a single air compressor is vast; a range of air tool parts and accessories is indispensable to get home improvement projects done. From using a simple sander on woodwork projects to running a whole automotive garage with multiple tools, you need to know how to properly select the support equipment to operate air tools successfully.
Picking the right hose is crucial, as it directly affects how well tools will work with your air compressor. Make sure that any hose you select allows you enough freedom of movement. Compressors are heavy, so it's better to opt for a longer hose, rather than move a large compressor. The two most common hose types are the recoil hose and the retractable hose. Recoil hoses are shaped like a spiral or a spring that easily stretches out and shrinks back, keeping the workspace tidy. They are more affordable than the retractable models which are even more compact and space-saving and can also last longer.
Air Hose Tips
All houses get damaged with the passage of time, and need to be replaced, which can be welcomed as an opportunity to improve quality or to increase capacity. As a general rule, the highest quality hoses will have a weave or mesh reinforcing layer, although there are also some quality choices made from a single material. When upgrading the air hose capacity, always consult the particular tool's specifications, to avoid overloading it by mistake.
Attachments, Fittings and Adapters
Most air tool parts and accessories are actually attachments, fittings and adapters. Their role is to make the air tool compatible with your compressor and allow easy use. Buying the same brand tools and compressors usually avoids any compatibility issues related to hose attachment; however, an adapter makes any combination possible. Those who plan to use air tools on a daily basis should consider investing in quick connectors and a compressor roll cage. The quick connectors allow faster and safer swapping of tools on the same line, while the roll cage efficiently protects the compressor from physical damage.