In the United States, today is the day that we traditionally call “Black Friday” – the retail industry’s unofficial “start of Christmas gift shopping season” – where stores made a habit of opening up early with deep discounts on select items. Here’s the deal: these are SELECT items (that THEY select) and the hopes are, you’ll buy more stuff (that may or may not be on sale) while you’re there. If you know exactly what you want, it can be a good deal for you. If you don’t, it can be a good deal…for the store.
Although we don’t have Black Friday sales events (in fact, we – and I believe most others in the industry, are closed today,) it still makes good sense to know what you’re looking for before you start shopping. Let’s consider something basic, like an air gun.
Price: this can be a real two-edged sword…not much is cheaper than a commercial grade air gun that you can buy at just about any hardware store. But, they can use upwards of 50 SCFM. By comparison, our Model 1210 Soft Grip Safety Air Gun uses only 14 SCFM (@80psig supply pressure.) And in any typical industrial blow off application, it’ll do the exact same thing, and cost WAY less to operate. Use this calculator to find out.
Sound level: you won’t find a quieter blow off product on the market. At 80psig, the 1210 Safety Air Gun is only running at 74dBA. Others can be well over 100dBA…that’s up to 3 times as loud, and well in excess of OSHA’s limits published in Standard 29CFR1910.95(a).
Safety: OSHA also limits the dead-end pressure of compressed air blow off devices used for cleaning purposes, to 30psig. Unless it’s fitted, or designed, with a relief feature, you can’t supply it with any more than 30psig compressed air…which won’t really do a lot, when you think about the jobs you want to use an air gun for. Ours can’t be dead ended, so you can supply them with 80-100psig for strong performance AND safety…by design.
Durability: You get what you pay for. Normally, I would say “’nuff said,” but for further proof of this, I submit this blog, from the archives, on our Durable, Safe, and Efficient Safety Air Guns. ‘Nuff said (now, anyway.)
If you’d like to talk about your compressed air product application, and how an EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air Product might be the solution you’re looking for, give me a call.