What is the Difference Between Air and Gas Tools?


An air gun is powered through the use of compressed air. A compressor will feed the compressed air through the air line, into the tool.


A gas tool, mainly nailers, are operated by a battery and gas. The gas comes in a fuel cell, which goes into the tool to power it. Fuel cells will fire about 1,000 shots each, no matter the size of the fastener. The battery from the tool will help to manually inject gas into the top of the cylinder. The fan cuts in and also puts air into the cylinder. When you pull the trigger, a spark will be produced, similar to a petrol engine. This causes an explosion that pushes the driver down and fires the pin onto the staple. The fan will then remove the gas from the cylinder, and moves to the bottom of the piston to return the piston to its starting position, ready for the next shot. This function extracts gases from the gun, giving off the smell of gas. Gas tools are self-sufficient, making them exceptional for working on new sites with no access to power, or for working on roofs. It can be dangerous to have air lines running throughout the work site. Removing any need for a power source creates a versatile, portable tool to effectively do the job.

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