Selecting the Right Air Compressor

Air tool systems have some significant advantages and disadvantages in comparison to electric tools. The main advantage of air tools is there is only 1 motor which is on the compressor where as with electric tools each tool has its own engine. What this means is the individual air tools last longer, are more durable, cost less, weigh less, have smaller size and can provide more torque. The disadvantage is they require a compressor to operate which can be very large in size and inconvenient to move around. Once you have decided to commit to buying an air compressor you need to pick the right one that will work for you.

There are many factors in selecting the right air compressor including horse power, tank size, pounds per square inch (PSI), cubic feet per minute (CFM), noise, portability and power source. In addition to the stats of the air compressor you also need to make sure you are buying a quality product. A good compressor should last you years and years so make sure you can get a quality machine from a known manufacturer and that it will be easy to find maintenance supplies and replacement parts.   

Horse Power is typically the first consideration when selecting a compressor but it is only part of the whole equation. In electric compressors it’s important to also look at voltage and amp ratings to see how much power the unit is truly able to produce. For instance, a 3 hp Ingersoll Rand compressor using 230 volts can probably out perform many import 5 hp compressors using standard 110 volt. In another case you are may be comparing two models of portable compressors each rated 2 hp 110 volt but if you look at the amp rating one may be 12 amp while the other is 15 amp.

Pounds per Square Inch (PSI) is also very important but again don’t over look the basics here. You only need enough PSI to power the tools you operate or plan to operate. If all your tools are 90 PSI a 110 or 135 PSI compressor is more than enough power and you don’t need to purchase a 175 or 200 PSI compressor.

Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM) perhaps is the most telling single stat for compressors as this measures how much air is flowing in a minute. CFM is used interchangeably with the terms Actual Cubic Feet per Minute (ACFM) or Inlet Cubic Feet per Minute (ICFM).  Check your tool owner’s manual it should clearly provide your CPM for the tool. It is important to remember air pressure can change based on environmental variables such as temperature.

Tank Size is also an important factor however it is almost counter intuitive as a larger tank is actually more beneficial when using a smaller motor. The larger tank is used to store air so that the tool can actually use more air than the motor is able to produce for short periods. When a more powerful motor is used there is less need to store compressed air so the tank can actually be smaller in size. You would think the larger machines would need equally larger tank but that just is not the case.

Portability can be another big factor and often a disadvantage for air systems. The best environment for an air system is a shop or garage where there is room to permanently place a unit in a controlled environment. If you need a portable unit there are some options that do work well. A smaller electric unit such as the Ingersoll Rand DD2T2 works well with portable tools such as air nailers which typically have lower CFM. For a heavier user there are the air sled designs good for up to 14 CFM. For real power on the move the best solution is a truck mounted gas compressor which is capable of 25 CFM.

Hopefully this post will help you select the right air compressor for your needs. Ohio Power Tool carries a wide range of compressors from Ingersoll Rand and Chicago Pneumatic. Ohio Power Tool also offers free shipping on all compressors anywhere in the continental United States. If you have more specific questions about air compressors or air tools in general feel free to call the experts at 800-242-4424.

 

At 2:45 PM | Posted in Air Compressors, Chicago Pneumatic, Construction Tools, Demolition Tools, Ingersoll Rand | 1 Comment

Dremel Tools Father’s Day Giveaway from Tool Snob

 

The guys at Toolsnob.com are giving away 3 Dremel 300 Series kits for Father’s Day and they couldn’t be easier to win. The contest has 2 ways to enter; the first is to submit a funny story about your DIY mishaps. I’m thinking Tim “the Toolman” Taylor type mishaps. These stories get sent to NewsTips@ToolSnob.com and there are 2 of the Dremel kits given away for the stories. The second way to enter the contest is simply to subscribe to their RSS feed, with 1 Dremel kit given away randomly this way. If you still haven’t figured out the beauty of RSS feeds it couldn’t be simpler and you won’t know how you lived without them once it is set up. The easiest way to set up RSS feeds is through iGoogle http://www.google.com/ig select “Add Stuff” then “Add Feed or Gadgets” and enter the URL. Coptool.com also has a RSS feed you can subscribe to here http://feeds.feedburner.com/coptool.

Ohio Power Tool has recently added some of the Dremel Tool line to its web store. All of these models would make great father’s day gifts but if you haven’t already pick one up for yourself, get that done first. As always if you have any questions call the power tool pros at 800-242-4424.

     

At 10:08 AM | Posted in Cordless Tools, Dremel, Tool Blogs, Top Deals, Wood Working Tools | Leave a comment

Top Deals: Rotozip DR1 for $0.01

Recently Ohio Power Tool added the Rotozip tools to its growing number of product lines. The Rotozip tools are extremely well built tools and have great applications with drywall, ceramic tile and many other building materials. The DR1 (or DR01-1100) is one of the most popular models available and currently sells for $73.

For a limited time you can purchase the Bosch Screw Gun SG45M and with it you can also get a Rotozip DR1 for $0.01. This is not a mail in rebate. These items are in-stock and ready to ship out today. With Father’s day a week away you might want to take advantage of this deal and give the Rotozip as a gift and keep the Bosch SG45M. Both of these tools are perfect for any handyman or craftsman.

If you have any questions about this limited time promotion please contact Ohio Power Tool at 800-242-4424 and they will be happy to help you find the right tool for the job.

  

At 2:32 PM | Posted in Bosch, Construction Tools, HVAC Tools, Plumbing Tools, Rotozip, Top Deals, Wood Working Tools | Leave a comment

Ridgid Seesnake Locating & Utility Line Locators

When it comes to plumbing & utility locating Ridgid has to be considered the leader in the industry. Ridgid has 4 different locators depending on the specific applications. Two models are designed specifically for plumbing applications and the other two for utility applications however several models serve double duty.


Ridgid NaviTrack Scout ($1,284) – The basic Ridgid Plumbing locator is designed specifically for plumbers to find sondes and Seesnake camera heads. This model is not intended for those looking to locate plumbing or utility lines.


Ridgid NaviTrack 2 ($2,217) – This model is ideal for plumbers. It locates sondes and Seesnakes as well is also excellent at locating energized lines. The NaviTrack is very easy to learn and use thanks to the simplified display and options.


Ridgid SeekTech SR-20 ($2,217) – This is the most common utility line locator. Similar in size to the NaviTrack 2 this unit offers some advantages when locating utility lines. This unit will also locate sondes and camera heads as a secondary feature.


Ridgid SeekTech SR-60 ($2,794) – The most advanced locator Ridgid has in the lineup. This unit is closely related to the SR-20 but has a few advances features such as the ability to trace two lines at once on the display. If you’ve ever run into a situation where you hade multiple lines overlapping you will certainly appreciate this feature.

Of course Ridgid also offers several options for 5 & 10 watt transmitters, signal clamps and sondes. Red models are intended to work with plumbing locators and yellow with the utility locators. The Ridgid locators will actually work with any Ridgid transmitters and even other brands of sewer cameras and equipment; the coordinated colors are just for show.

 

Above is great video of the SR-20 locator which really gives you a good idea how easy these units are to use. If you have never used one of these locators I would recommend calling Ohio Power Tool at 800-242-4424 and talking to one of the professional there before making any purchases.  

At 9:56 AM | Posted in Plumbing Tools, Ridgid | Leave a comment

Irwin Ultimate Tradesman Competition

 Irwin Industrial Tool is holding the Ultimate Tradesman Competition again for 2008. This is a skill competition which measures your speed and accuracy for measuring, marking and drilling. Irwin is well known for their high quality hand tools and power tool accessories so this competition is a great way to showcases several of their products. The competition is easy to enter, simply attend one of the upcoming events (View Schedules Here) and compete. For complete information, to see standing, see a video of the time trial, information on prizes and more; visit www.irwinchallenge.com.

 

Prizes include Cash, Irwin & Dickies clothing, Irwin Tools, race tickets & VIP packages, Ultimate Irwin garage, Roush Ford F150 and a chance to win $1.26 million. The top 20 regional winners get to attend the semi finals at the Texas Motor Speedway. The top 4 finalist will then attend the Phoenix International Raceway and compete for the Grand Prize and a chance to win $1.26 million. For more information on Jamie McMurray, Irwin Racing and the Number 26 Car you can visit www.irwinracing.com.

Ohio Power Tool is proud to offer a wide variety of Irwin Tools including their locking tool Vise-Grips, Marathon saw blades, Strait-Line chalk reels, tap & die sets and much more. For more information on Irwin Industrial Tools call 800-242-4424.  

  

At 10:37 AM | Posted in Construction Tools, Irwin, Plumbing Tools, Wood Working Tools | Leave a comment

Top Deals: Dad & Grad Gift Ideas

It’s that time of year again, where everyone lump Dads and Grads together so they can make snappy sounding sales promotions. Power tools, hand tools & accessory kits are no exception and they do make very popular gift ideas for Father’s Day or a Graduation. Power tools are probably more appropriate for college graduation or trade school graduation but a compact tool kit could provide useful for a high schooler headed to the dorms as well. Here are some inexpensive gift ideas you may want to checkout for your dad or graduating child, brother, sister, cousin, neighbor, friend, etc.

Father’s Day & Graduation Gift Ideas

 
Milwaukee 20 Piece Thunderbolt Black & Bronze Bit Set
list price: $45.00 Sale Price: $19.95

 
Milwaukee 38 Piece Quik-loc Drill & Driver Bit Set
List Price: $47.00  Sale Price: $19.95


Wright 21 Piece 3/8" Socket Set
List Price: $99.84  Sale Price: $59.90


Dremel Cordless Tool Kit 10.8V
List Price: $183.59  Sale Price: $110.15


Bosch 10.8V Cordless Tool Kit (plus 2nd free Mail-in tool)
List Price: $235.00  Sale Price: $119.00


Milwaukee 14.4V Drill & Flashlight Tool Kit
List Price: $326.00  Sale Price: $137.60


Bosch 36 volt Cordless 4 Piece Combo Kit (+ Free 3rd Battery)
List Price: $1,156.00  Sales Price: $497.00

There are hundreds of other great gift ideas at Ohio Power Tool. If you have any questions or would like specific gift idea suggestions within a certain budget price range call 800-242-4424 and ask the pros.    

 

 

At 2:23 PM | Posted in Automotive Tools, Bosch, Cordless Tools, Milwaukee, Top Deals | Leave a comment

Power Tools from Around the World

   
In today’s global market many power tool & equipment manufacturers are selling around the world in many different markets. In each market you will find slightly difference products based on market demand, competition, patent laws and power voltage along with many other criteria. Normally when something is successful in one market they will want to bring the tool to more markets. This is why you can often get an idea of new tools that might be headed to the US by looking at power tool sites from other countries. We like to think we are always the first to get new products but often times that just isn’t the case.

Bosch Power Tools is one of the largest international companies which make power tools as well as so many other products from kitchen appliances to windshield wipers. On their Australian page we found an interesting product that will probably make its way to the US. The PMF 180 E is a multipurpose tool which very closely resembles the incredibly successful Fein Multimaster. I would be surprised if we don’t see this Bosch in US tool form by Christmas.     

 

In addition to the Bosch Power Tool line Ohio Power Tool has recently added the Fein Power Tool line to it’s list of manufacturers. The company produces many high quality tools professionals have come to depend on. Expect the full line of tools to be added to our website shortly. In the mean time fell free to call 800-242-4424 for pricing or with any questions about Fein tools.

    

At 11:06 AM | Posted in Bosch, Fein Tools | 3 Comments

Power Tool Drag Racing

It’s hard to get any work done headed into the memorial weekend. I think everyone else has the same idea because not too many people are buying power tools today. Probably won’t get many readers on the blog either but there maybe a few people trapped at there desk for another few hours bored to tears searching the internet for entertainment.

I just spent some time checking out some of the sites dedicated to Power Tool Drag Racing. The Seattle guys http://www.powertoolracer.com/ (or http://hazardfactory.org/ think it’s the same people) and the guys in San Francisco http://www.powertooldragraces.com/. It looks like there are some events coming up in the next few months if you are in those areas.   

Unfortunately there are no brilliantly insane people in Ohio who have annual power tool races otherwise I would love to build some kind of fire breathing monster and race it. Probably unfair as there are pallets of used tools and several tool mechanics a few hundred feet away from me who would probably get a kick out of turning Sawzalls into drag racers.     

At 2:16 PM | Posted in Power Tool Forums, Tool Blogs | 2 Comments

Tanaka Gas Drills & Portable Concrete Coring

Tanaka Power Equipment is commonly known for their high quality gas powered landscaping equipment such as edgers, weed wackers, chain saws, pole saws, hedgers and backpack leaf blowers. The real secret is their ability to build extremely tough lightweight gas motors that just don’t quit. In fact they sell just their engines by themselves which make it into all sorts of RC cars, planes, high powered blenders and all sorts of other weird projects you can find around the internet.

At Ohio Power Tool you won’t find much in the way of lawn care products (…yet) but you will find several models of the Tanaka Equipment line of Portable Gas Drills. The TED-262R and TED262L are almost identical except the 262R featured a powered reversing switch that allows you to automatically back the drill out. These are used heavily by pole workers for drilling through utility poles with up to a 1” bit. The TED-262HS is designed more specifically as a concrete coring drill. Sold separately is a coring drill wet kit 29898 that helps reduce friction, dust and heat. This drill is ideal for road work, bridge installation, sewer, HVAC, plumbing, steel work and so much more.

All the Tanaka drills are real work horses and include a 2 year commercial warranty which is even good on rental tools. Ohio Power Tool also services these gas drills when they need repair. If you have any questions about the Tanaka Gas Drills or accessories, as always, call 800-242-4424 to talk to the pros at Ohio Power Tool.

Below is a Tanaka Drill demo video which I though was a pretty good sample of the different jobs these drills are built.     

     

 

At 8:00 AM | Posted in HVAC Tools, Plumbing Tools, Tanaka | Leave a comment

Ridgid Video Contest – 5 Finalists

If you didn’t know Ridgid has been holding a video contest for some time for faithful Ridgid fans. The contest entry deadline was April 30th so unfortunately you can no longer submit videos. However the winner has not been selected and you still have an opportunity to vote on your favorite video at www.teamridgid.com. You can watch the 5 finalists YouTube Video below and I think there are even some Videos that didn’t make the cut floating around YouTube in addition to the 5 finalists.

These guys are all winners already because they get an all expenses paid trip to Cleveland, Ohio (Only 2 hours away from Columbus & Ohio Power Tool) for the final judging where the winner will get $2,500 in Ridgid Tools.   

5 Finalist Videos 

Ode’ to the American Plumber

Roundup Preperations

Plumber’s Milkshake
(I pray this is a brand spanking new k-60)

Garbage Disposal Hero 

Get RIDGID!

At 11:22 AM | Posted in Plumbing Tools, Power Tool Forums, Ridgid | Leave a comment