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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EXAIR has been manufacturing Intelligent Compressed Air Products since 1983. In that time, we have engineered many new products for new and existing markets that had better efficiency, versatility, and effectiveness. To gauge how a new product is received by your peers, we like to send them to different committees for evaluations. This year, we sent our VariBlast Safety Air Gun to Plant Engineering to compete against other new products in the manufacturing and non-manufacturing industries. In the compressed air category, the EXAIR VariBlast Safety Air Gun won the Silver Award at the Plant Engineering Product of the Year event.
How was EXAIR able to achieve such a prestigious award? Well, let me tell you how our newest safety air gun was able to receive this award. I will discuss the features and benefits with the VariBlast Safety Air Guns, so you can decide for yourself.
To start, the unique feature that sets the VariBlast apart from other small air guns is the force variability. Unlike the “all or nothing” blowing forces with most air guns, this valve is designed to control the opening to allow for a variable force with the same nozzle. This will help you to not “overuse” your compressed air blowing. The VariBlast Safety Air Gun 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 best fit your application. They have an easy storage handle to hang the Safety Air Gun nearby. In addition to the VariBlast Safety Air Gun, EXAIR has options to enhance the features and benefits. Here is a list of them:
Air Nozzles can make or break an air gun in safe, efficient and effective use. EXAIR Air Nozzles are OSHA compliant for noise and dead-end pressure. We offer nine different air nozzles with the VariBlast Safety Air Gun; making it very effective for a wide range of applications.
OSHA 1910.242(b) requires chip guarding when compressed air is used for cleaning. EXAIR offers Chip Shields with the VariBlast Safety Air Guns to meet this requirement. They are made from a polycarbonate disc which is practically unbreakable. It protects the operator from any blow back of shavings and coolant. They come standard with a durable rubber grommet that squeezes onto the extensions and can be adjusted for maximize protection.
For those far away targets and hard-to-reach areas, EXAIR offers aluminum extension pipes to attach to the VariBlast Safety Air Guns. They can range from 6” (15 cm) to 72” (183 cm) in length. This light-weight and durable material allows for easy handling when reaching high above your head or spanning across unsafe areas. With the EXAIR air nozzles at the end, the blowing force is not sacrificed as the back pressure will create a high velocity air stream.
To get the proper amount of compressed air from the piping system to the VariBlast Safety Air Guns, EXAIR offers Coiled Hoses. They are made of a durable abrasion-resistant nylon material that is 12 feet long (3.6 meters). They have swivel fittings to allow for easy uncoiling, and a spring strain relief to keep the hose from kinking at the ends. The coiled design makes it easy to reach around the work area and retract back to the substation. This will help to keep the hose off the ground where potential dangers could occur.
To improve the use of the VariBlast Safety Air Guns, EXAIR offers a series of filters and regulators. The Filter Separators will remove dirty particles and liquid water from the compressed air that can affect the performance as well as contaminate the surface that you are cleaning. The Regulators are used to control the amount of air pressure used by the VariBlast Safety Air Gun; making them even more efficient. The idea for compressed air savings is to use the least amount of compressed air to do the job. The combination of a filter and regulator will allow you to control the proper amount of clean dry air to be used.
Not all air guns are the same. There should be a check list created prior to purchasing an air gun. Is it safe, efficient, quiet, durable, ergonomic, and flexible? The VariBlast Safety Air Guns meet every item on that list. This is why the EXAIR VariBlast Safety Air Gun was awarded the Silver award by Plant Engineering. If your current air gun does not meet these requirements, you may want to try the VariBlast Safety Air Gun. You will not be disappointed. If you are within the U.S. or Canada, we do offer a 30-day unconditional guarantee to try them out.
Do you need a hand-held tool to blow off a wide area, or something at a long distance? EXAIRhas you covered with our Super Blast Safety Air Guns. These Safety Air Guns provide the strongest blowing force of any EXAIR Air Guns – ideal for long distance, wide area blow off, cooling, and drying applications. The comfortable foam rubber handle provides a firm grip, a spring-loaded valve instantly shuts off the air supply if the air gun is dropped.
The nozzle material is Zinc Aluminum Alloy, with Stainless Steel available for the models 1214SS and 1215SS. The base Safety Air Guns are 10″ – 15″ long (nozzle type dependent), and a longer extension can be added, in either 3′ or 6′ lengths to gain access to hard to reach areas.
The table below provides a guide for performance of each of the Super Blast models, for comparison and to make selection easy. We can provide more details, including dimensional drawings and air flow patterns as required. And as always, the Super Blast Safety Air Guns are in stock, and come with the EXAIR Unconditional 30 Day Guarantee.
If you have any questions about the Super Blast or any of the EXAIR Safety Air Guns, feel free to contact EXAIR and myself or one of our Application Engineers can help you determine the best solution.
Since EXAIR manufactures and distributes our own products, we have the flexibility to provide custom products, special processing, unique packaging and more. If your process or specifications are something special, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate any special considerations you might need. Following is one example for a customer who purchases air guns.
Several months ago I received a call from a company that was looking for a specialized air gun. This company was involved in the servicing of highly specialized measuring equipment and needed a safe, quiet, & efficient air gun that also had to be completely oil/contamination free. This was to ensure no contamination would result from using the air gun on any of their equipment. Ultimately this meant that every air gun component needed to be washed, rinsed and dried to ensure there was no residual oils or dirt from manufacturing left on or in any component of the gun.
Our customer decided on the highly versatile Vari-Blast Compact Safety Air Gun with the award-winning Nano Super Air Nozzle, specifically models 1698SS and the 1698SS-6. EXAIR presented a written process to the customer. This process explained how we would identify and manufacture their specific air gun in order to assure the customer that would receive a consistently clean air gun, every time.
Additionally the customer had specifications requiring special packaging as they were going to ship these globally to their service team members. To ensure safe arrival no matter where they are shipped, EXAIR provides special handling and packaging which exceeds their requirements.
Also, when you are looking for expert advice on safe, quiet and efficient point of use compressed air products give us a call. We would enjoy hearing from you!
A metal fabricator used a cutting machine to cut different sizes and shapes of stainless steel tubing. The process was automated and the machine would cut two tubes at a time. After the cutting operation, the machine would deposit the tubes into a nearby bin. The operator would then stack the tubes in a wooden container as shown above. Before the tubes could be transported to another department, the operator would have to clean the inside of each tube. The current method was to attach a rag to the end of a rod and pushed it inside the tube to remove any coolant and chips that remained from the cutting operation. Of course, the ability to clean thoroughly with a rag is reduced greatly after a short time of use. The cleaning process was very time consuming, and when the rag was not changed in a timely manner it did not clean effectively. The inside of the tubes would get marred from the excess chips that remained on the rag. This would visually affect the surface finish of the stainless steel. They emailed me the application detail as they were looking for a non-contact way to clean the inside of the tubes.
The first question from the customer was if we could customize our air nozzles to clean the different diameters and shapes that they were cutting. EXAIR has made special air nozzles to accommodate unique applications, but I wanted to first make sure that EXAIR did not have a manufactured nozzle in stock to fit this application. I requested the dimensional information, and the customer sent me the sizes and shapes of the tubes that were ran through their cutting machine. (Reference Table 1 below).
EXAIR manufactures three different sizes of Back Blow Air Nozzles that are designed to clean inside tubing, pipes, hoses, and channels. They can range from internal diameters from ¼” (6.3mm) to 16” (406mm). The 360o rear airflow pattern can “wipe” the entire internal surface clean and can remove coolant, chips, and debris. In reviewing the dimensions from Table 1 above, I was able to recommend just one Back Blow Air Nozzle for all the tubes; even the square and rectangular ones. It was model 1006SS Back Blow Air Nozzle. This 316SS robust designed nozzle can fit inside and clean tubes with internal dimensions ranging from 22mm to 102mm, and it was perfect for all of these tubes.
The customer indicated to me that the tubes were all cut to identical lengths at 550 mm (21.7”). Being that this was a manual operation, I suggested the Back Blow Air Nozzle with our Soft Grip Safety Air Gun. This ergonomically designed Safety Air Gun is designed for hours of use without fatigue. In combination with the nozzle, we are able to add extensions and chip shields. With extensions, EXAIR has a range of lengths from 6” (152mm) to 72” (1,829mm). With the designated length above, I recommended the model 1206SS-24-CS which has the Soft Grip Safety Air Gun, the model 1006SS Back Blow Air Nozzle, a 24” (610mm) extension, and a chip shield.
The configuration allowed for the operator to reach through the tube to clean with only a one-time pass. The CS designation is for a chip shield which will protect the operator from any excess debris and coolant. With the model 1206SS-24-CS, the operator could now pick up a tube, use the Soft-Grip Back Blow Safety Air Gun to remove the debris and coolant from within the round tubes, square tubes and rectangle tubes. Also, they did not have to worry about changing the rags when it got dirty. What an amazing purchase for this company, as they increased the speed of the cleaning operation by 70% without affecting the inside finish of the stainless-steel tubes.
If you need to clean the inside of tubes, hoses, pipes, etc., EXAIR has the perfect nozzle for you, the Back Blow Air Nozzles. EXAIR can attach these nozzles on our VariBlast Compact, Soft Grip and Heavy Duty Safety Air Guns for easy-to-use manual operations. For this customer above, they were glad that they contacted EXAIR about their application. If you require more details, you can share your application with an Application Engineer at EXAIR. We will be happy to help.