It would be a rare situation where you would want to have a set of hand tools as the main tools for your shop. This leaves electric or air tools. If you are shopping for new tools for the shop, it would be to your benefit to go with air tools instead of electric ones, and here are just a few reasons why they are the better option.
When it comes to the cost of the tools, it is important that more than just the initial cost is considered. Air tools have fewer moving parts so they do not break down as much as electric tools. This means you save money on repairs or having to replace them. When you don't have to stop a job to fix a tool you get the job done faster, which means more money in your pocket. As an added bonus to the cost-benefit, air tools usually do cost less than their electric counterparts.
You do not need to use electricity when working with air tools. This reduces the chance of shocks. In addition, you can safely even when working with moist, conductive, or flammable materials. These tools also have very little chance of overheating or short-circuiting and causing injury or damage.
Electric tools require a source of electricity. You need to be somewhat near the source even if you are using extension cords. Air tools can operate with a portable canister of air. This allows you to take the tools to remote spots instead of trying to bring a broken piece of equipment to you to work on.
Air tools can harness more horsepower than electric tools even though they are often lighter. You will be able to work with more torque and a higher RPM so the job gets done quicker and more efficiently.
Go to an actual tool store and ask to compare some air tools with their electric counterparts. The salesperson will be able to help you find comparable units to sample and will probably even have a few broken items you can try the tools on. If not, ask to rent the tools for the day to take them home and actually work with them. Go ahead and put them through the same type of work you need the tools for. You are going to find that the air tools work faster and more efficiently.
For more information on air tools, contact a company near you.