EXAR’s VariBlast® Compact Safety Air Guns are small and lightweight air guns capable of handling the toughest of jobs. With its variable flow trigger being its greatest design feature, it can take on small jobs and even big ones! This means you can get different flow and force out of the same nozzle by just adjusting the amount you pull the trigger.
The VariBlast Safety Air Gun, when outfitted with an EXAIR nozzle is OSHA safe and CE compliant.
The VariBlast can also be customized by adding one of our many 1/8 NPT engineered air nozzles, a chip shield and even an extension pipe up to 72″ long.
The VariBlast is easy to rebuild, every wear item is available in the 902001 rebuild kit. These parts can be used to rebuild any VariBlast Compact Safety Air Gun that, through use, has become worn. See this video to see how easy it is to rebuild this gun, and make it feel brand new!
If you have questions about the VariBlast or to discuss any of the 15 different EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air® Product lines, feel free to contact EXAIR and one of our Application Engineers can help you.
EXAIR offers a wide variety of different Safety Air Guns to allow you the flexibility to build the perfect air gun for any application. Installed with EXAIR’s engineered Air Nozzles at the tip, you can rest easy knowing that your operators are safe from the risks associated with excessive noise and dead-end pressure while also keeping air consumption to a minimum. With sizes as small as 4mm and up to 1-1/4” and everything in-between, the possibilities are nearly endless.
In addition to offering three styles of Safety Air Guns (VariBlast, Soft Grip, and Heavy Duty), we also have a variety of accessories available that can customize them even further. Chip Shields are a durable polycarbonate shield used to protect the operator from any chips, savings, or coolant that could be blown back towards them while performing any blowoff process. They’re available installed on any of our VariBlast, Soft Grip, or Heavy Duty Safety Air Guns. If you purchased a Safety Air Gun, but didn’t get a Chip Shield, don’t worry! Retrofit kits are available as well to allow you to install them after the fact.
For applications that don’t permit the operator to come close, rigid pipe extensions are available in lengths ranging from 6” (152mm) – 72” (1829mm). To add any extension onto a Safety Air Gun model number, simply add the length required as a suffix to the standard model number. For example, a Model 1210-48 would be a Soft Grip Safety Air Gun with a 48” extension installed.
Have a hard to reach area that requires a slight bend or angle to reach? Not only is the Soft Grip Safety Air Gun available with rigid extensions, but also can be used with one of our Stay Set Hoses. Stay Set Hoses are used for applications where frequent re-positioning is required. The hose has “memory” and will not creep or bend. If you need to get around a tight corner or into a difficult space, the Stay Set Hose can be installed on the Soft Grip Safety Air Gun with lengths ranging from 6”-36”.
In addition to accessories for the Safety Air Guns themselves, 12’ coiled hoses are also available with 1/8 NPT, ¼ NPT, and 3/8 NPT swivel connections. These are great for preventing tangled air lines and keeping the area neat and tidy!
With all of these options available for same day shipment from stock and backed by our unconditional 30 day guarantee, there’s no excuse not to try them out! Order now through September and receive a FREE Model 1126 1″ Flat Super Air Nozzle!
August 1st through September 30thEXAIR is running a promotion that’ll get you a free 1” Flat Super Air Nozzle with the purchase of any promotional VariBlast, Soft Grip, or Heavy Duty Safety Air Gun. Inexpensive air guns are commonly seen through a variety of industrial supply companies. Most consist of poorly made parts or materials that will wear out and break quickly. In addition, their performance is commonly akin to that of an open-ended pipe and can necessitate an extremely high compressed air consumption.
In addition to wasting unnecessary air, they’re also VERY loud. Many of these guns do not adhere to the sound level restrictions set forth by OSHA in 29 CFR 1910.95. All of EXAIR’s Safety Air Guns are available with Chip Shields to protect operators from debris and adhere to dead-end pressure requirements as outlined by OSHA 29 CFR 1910.242(b). It’s much easier to implement safe products upfront than after you’ve had a random inspection by OSHA. As anyone who’s experienced one can attest to, they don’t just fine you once. You’ll get fined for each individual location in your facility where operators are using air guns that don’t adhere to the proper standards.
EXAIR offers (4) different styles of Safety Air Guns with a wide range of different force levels, flows, and accessories. The VariBlast Compact Safety Air Gun is a powerful gun that allows you to adjust the force delivered from the gun depending on the trigger valve pressure. Pull the trigger just a little for a light force, or all the way for maximum force without having to adjust your air pressure. It’s small and compact, but powerful while still light and ergonomic.
The Soft Grip Safety Air Gun has a durable cast aluminum body suitable for rugged industrial use. The large trigger makes for easy operation and a convenient hook at the top allows the gun to be easily stored. Chip Shields for worker safety and extensions for hard to reach areas are available up to 72” long.
The Heavy Duty Safety Air Gun also comes with a durable cast aluminum body and incorporates a rugged composite rubber grip. Also with a wide trigger, these guns can be used for hours without fatigue. The Heavy Duty Safety Air Gun is available with Chip Shields and extensions up to 72”.
As part of the promotion, you’ll receive one free Model 1126 1” Flat Super Air Nozzles. Delivering a 1” wide, high velocity airflow, these nozzles utilize EXAIR’s patented shim design to maximize entrained airflow while reducing noise levels. They also offer a great deal of adjustability, shim sets in varying thicknesses are available to allow you to either reduce force and flow, or increase it depending on the application. Don’t wait until after the promotion ends, get your Safety Air Guns on order now so you can take advantage of this great promotion!
EXAIR manufactures three different sizes of Back Blow Air Nozzles to clean inside tubing, pipes, hoses, and channels. The 360o rear airflow pattern can “wipe” the entire internal surface clean from coolant, chips, and debris. They are constructed of 316SS, making these nozzles robust and durable.
Our smallest Back Blow Nozzle is the Model 1004SS. It has a M4 X 0.5 male thread and can clean diameters ranging from ¼” (6.3mm) to 1” (25.4mm). Model 1006SS has a ¼” NPT air connection for cleaning inner diameters ranging from 7/8” (22mm) up to 4” (102mm). Our largest Back Blow Air Nozzle is the model 1008SS. It has a 1” NPT connection, and it can be used inside diameters ranging from 2” (51mm) to 16” (406mm).
Now, what can make these unique types of air nozzles even more useful? Attaching them to an EXAIR Safety Air Gun. In this blog, I will go through each of our Back Blow Safety Air Guns that EXAIR can offer from stock.
The unique feature that sets the VariBlast apart from other small air guns is the force variability. The valve is designed to control the opening to allow for a variable force with the same nozzle. The VariBlast is made from a durable cast aluminum construction for tough industrial use. It has a rugged ergonomic grip with a user-friendly trigger. The compressed air inlets are located in two different positions to select the best fit for your application.
With the model 1004SS Back Blow nozzle, the VariBlast Compact Back Blow Safety Air Gun is a small but powerful tool that can clean inside smaller pipes, tubes, and hoses. They come standard with extension tubes and a Chip Shield. The extension tubes range from 6” (152mm) to 36” (914mm) to extend deep inside cavities and openings. The Chip Shield is made from a durable polycarbonate material that will protect your operators during use.
The next air gun in this series is the Soft Grip Safety Air Gun. With an ergonomic soft handle and full-grip trigger, the Soft Grip Safety Air Gun can be used for hours without fatigue. EXAIR offers two types of Back Blow Nozzles with the Soft Grip; model 1004SS and model 1006SS.
As a “bigger cousin” to the VariBlast above, the Soft Grip Back Blow Safety Air Gun with the model 1004SS has extensions ranging from 6” (152mm) to 36” (914mm) as well as a Chip Shield. The Soft Grip with the model 1006SS Back Blow Nozzle has extensions that range from 6” (152mm) to 72” (1,829mm) in length with a Chip Shield. Both of these types of Soft Grip Back Blow Safety Air Guns are great products in allowing you to clean inside a greater variety of diameters and lengths.
For rough industrial environments, EXAIR offers the Heavy Duty Safety Air Guns. They come with a composite rubber grip and a wide curved trigger. It has a 3/8” NPT inlet for increased compressed air flow for those “tough” cleanings.
The Heavy Duty Back Blow Safety Air Gun comes standard with the model 1006SS Back Blow Nozzle, an extension pipe, and a Chip Shield. The extensions lengths can range from 6” (152mm) to 72” (1,829mm). If you need a tough air gun for rugged areas to clean inside pipes and tubes, the Heavy Duty Back Blow Safety Air Gun could be the best candidate for your application.
As our largest model, the Super Blast Back Blow Safety Air Gun has the strongest blowing force. They can clean large areas inside pipes, channels, and tubes ranging from 2” (51mm) to 16” (406mm) in diameter. It has a soft foam grip for easy handling and a spring-loaded manual valve that will turn off if dropped. The model 1008SS Back Blow Nozzle is mounted to an extension that is either 1 foot (0.3m), 3 feet (0.9m), or 6 feet (1.8m) in length. With a 1” NPT inlet, the Super Blast Back Blow Safety Air Gun will generate a strong blast of air for cleaning and removing troublesome material.
If you need to clean inside tubes, hoses, channels, pipes, etc., EXAIR has the perfect product, the Back Blow Air Nozzles. They can remove the dirty coolant, chips, and debris in a non-contact way. EXAIR offers these nozzles with our VariBlast, Soft Grip, Heavy Duty, and Super Blast Safety Air Guns for manual cleaning operations. EXAIR stocks these Safety Air Guns for fast delivery. And if you are located in the U.S.A or Canada, we offer a 30-day unconditional guarantee. You can try them out and see how effective, safe, and powerful they are in improving your internal cleaning processes. If you need more details, you can contact an Application Engineer at EXAIR. We will be happy to help you.
As compressed air technology advanced through the 20th Century, its uses multiplied. Pneumatic cylinders became common for rolling and forming presses. The convenience and portability of powerful pneumatic hand held tools spread in assembly and manufacturing facilities. Along the way, operators also found that an open-ended compressed air line could be used for quick and easy blow off in a number of applications. There were, however, some pretty risky safety issues associated with this.
In December of 1970, the Occupational Safety & Health Act became the law of the land, and in 1971, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) was created. Among the many hazards in workplaces they targeted was compressed air use for cleaning. The primary concerns were:
An open ended blow off could inadvertently be dead ended onto a person’s body, and if the pressure were high enough, it could break the skin and cause a deadly condition called an air embolism. So they limited the outlet pressure to 30psi.
Blowing something off with air can (and usually does) result in airborne particulate traveling at a high velocity that can imbed in your skin or in your eye. So they mandated the use of proper chip guarding, protective clothing, and eye protection.
This is where the history of the safety air gun begins. Through the 1970’s & 1980’s, engineers rolled out product after product conforming with these new safety standards, sometimes looking for economy, sometimes efficiency…and occasionally, both.
It’s not hard to make a blow off nozzle that complies with OSHA’s dead end pressure requirement; you just need to provide a path for the air to escape in case the nozzle end is blocked. Cross drilled nozzles (shown at right) are simple, cheap, and OSHA compliant, but they’re also loud & inefficient.
EXAIR’s Super Air Nozzles not only protect against injury from dead ended high pressure air, their engineered design also makes them quiet, and efficient. They are commonly installed on the Soft Grip Safety Air Gun. Along with our Chip Shields(shown at right) and your personal protective equipment, you get OSHA compliance, AND lower air consumption & noise levels.
With the Soft Grip Safety Air Gun, you also get a diverse range of options to suit the specific needs of numerous applications:
Cleaning out the inside diameters of tube, pipe, channel, blind holes, etc., has never been easier than the Soft Grip Back Blow Safety Air Guns. You can get it with the 1004SS (1/4″ to 1″ diameters; 6″ to 36″ extensions) or the 1006SS (7/8″ to 4″ diameters; 6″ to 72″ extensions) Back Blow Nozzles.
If you’re looking for a hand held blow off device, your choices are many. If you’re looking for a quiet, efficient, safe, and versatile one, your choice is easy: the EXAIR Soft Grip Safety Air Gun. Call me and we’ll figure out which one you need.
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The gun has a number of benefits starting with the metal 3/8″ NPT inlet which permits air flows high enough to operate our model 1106 – 1/2″ Super Air Nozzle. With the 1106 Super Air Nozzle on the gun it will provide 3.3 lbs of force to provide ample cleaning, clearing, or cooling air for the tough industrial jobs.
Secondly, the gun offers an over molded grip that is ergonomic and rugged to handle the industrial environments that maintains its grip even when doused in coolants.
Third, the gun offers a cast 4 finger blade style trigger that permits ergonomic easy trigger pull that can be easily used throughout a work shift. In the event the trigger becomes damaged it can also be easily replaced with stock parts direct from EXAIR.
Fourth, we easily offer any of the Heavy Duty Safety Air Gun combinations with extensions up to 72″ in length and with or without the Chip Shield option.
Lastly, as mentioned in first point, the gun and extensions can be combined with any of the EXAIR Super Air Nozzles up to 1/2″ NPT inlet. Whether you need a small precision puff of air from the Atto Super Air Nozzle, the forcefull blast of the 1106 1/2″ Large Super Air Nozzle, or anywhere in between, there is an engineered nozzle for it and we can couple them with the Heavy Duty Safety Air Gun.
To find out what kind of Safety Air Gun can fill the needs of your application, feel free to contact us. If you are using an existing non-engineered gun and would like to explore the safe, quiet world of engineered air nozzles coupled with safety air guns, then feel free to reach out to us and inquire about our FREE Efficiency Lab Service.
But we didn’t need awards to tell us how great they are. EXAIR Corporation has 35 years of continuously improving experience in the design, engineering, and manufacture of quiet, safe, and efficient compressed air products for industry. The VariBlast Compact Safety Air Guns are just another innovation that’s come to fruition, courtesy of the knowledge, experience, and dedication to quality from our R&D Engineering & Production departments.
But you don’t have to take OUR word for it: a satisfied customer base has proven the VariBlast Compact Safety Air Gun‘s success: We offer a 30 Day Unconditional Guarantee on any catalog product. That means you can put it through its paces for up to a month…if it’s not going to work out, for any reason, we’ll arrange return for full credit. Of the dozens of VariBlast Safety Air Guns we’ve sold every month for the last two years or so, we have not had one returned. Not. One. To which I say: no wonder…check it out:
If you’re looking for an economical, efficient, quiet, variable flow, handheld blow off solution, look no further than the VariBlast Compact Safety Air Gun…just another award winning Intelligent Compressed Air Product, brought to you by EXAIR. To the readers of Industrial Safety & Hygiene Magazine…thanks for noticing!
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