Re: Air Tools -vs- Electric Tools
As MLBSF said, air tools are less expensive than their electric equivalents because they are simpler to make. If you purchase high-quality air tools, they will last almost forever and even become heirlooms if they're taken care of. Most well-known manufacturers (don't know about Campbell-Hausfeld) sell repair kits to replace the internal wear parts.
There are a few disadvantages to air tools:
- Must be tethered to an air compressor, but electric outlets are almost everywhere
- Some air tools are noisier than their electric counterparts (though some are quieter)
- Air compressors are noisy.
- Permanently installed air lines add expense where you already have electric lines.
- Air compressors require regular maintenance, including draining condensate out of the pressure tank.
You can reduce the air compressor noise by building a "doghouse" outside your shop to house the compressor, and pipe the air into the shop, with several outlets in convenient locations. Most of the noise comes from the air inlet; if it's not feasible to install the compressor outside, pipe the inlet to the outside (and mount the air intake filter where it's protected from rain). Be considerate of your neighbors: they won't want to hear your compressor fire up at 3 am.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.