Have you ever happened across something that would have been a real “game changer” at some time in the past? I’ll never forget the time that I went camping with my sons’ Boy Scout Troop, and I was introduced to the peanut butter and bacon sandwich. I still enjoy one from time to time, but my doctor does not enjoy hearing about it…
I’ve also written before (and before) about when I found out EXAIR Vortex Tubes were being used in some shipyards for freeze sealing pipes…a task that (when I worked in a shipyard) we used tanks of liquid nitrogen for. I was amazed that such a cumbersome ordeal was replaced by something so simple and easy.
When we were developing the VariBlast Compact Safety Air Gun, a key feature…the variable flow trigger…also would have been real handy at a time in my not-so-distant past. See, I used to run a small industrial equipment service department, and one time I found myself in a pinch to get a structural steel tube frame made for a support for a particular piece of equipment. This wasn’t something we did all the time, and this particular job was a bit larger scale than most of what we’d done before. It wasn’t really a big deal; I just had to cut some rectangular tubing to length with our band saw, drill some small holes (for bolts) and bore some larger holes (for cables & hose) along the length.
We had a small air compressor and a cheap commercial grade air gun, which served the purpose of our infrequent usage. Blowing the shavings away from those holes, and the inside of the tubing was a challenge…that air gun would just barely move them all the way from the holes near the middle, and when I blew out the holes near the ends, the spray of coolant-soaked shavings was making a heck of a mess in our relatively small shop. After a while, I found that I could kind of “mash” the trigger a little to one side and get a rough measure of control…I was only going to have to mop about half the floor, instead of the whole thing, and I wasn’t going to have to wash the service truck parked in the closest garage bay to the shop area.
Needless to say, this wasn’t exactly ergonomic, and it was real pain (literally) to use my left hand for a few days following. Which, being left-handed, was kind of a drag.
Fast forward to just last year, when we rolled out the latest and greatest (in a distinguished line of latest and greatest) EXAIR product: the VariBlast Compact Safety Air Gun. Now, individually, the key features might not be all that mind-blowing to the casual observer, but taken together, they’re a pretty big deal. Consider:
*Aluminum construction – lightweight, durable, corrosion resistant.
*Two compressed air inlets – one on the bottom (below your pinkie finger) and one on the rear (above your thumb;) your choice…whichever makes your task easier.
*Cast-in hanger – to keep it out of the way, but still handy, when you’re not using it.
*Chip Shield – you still have to wear safety glasses, but this will keep them cleaner.
*Wide selection of engineered nozzles – from our Atto Super Air Nozzle (2.5 SCFM; 2.0 oz force) to the 1″ High Power Flat Super Air Nozzle (17.5 SCFM; 16 oz force,) there are 20 distinct models in stock. We can customize the performance of the VariBlast Compact Safety Air Gun to the specific needs of your intended use for it.
*Extensions – for applications that require a little (or a little more) reach, we offer the VariBlast Compact Safety Air Gun with rigid aluminum extensions up to 72″ in length. These are particularly handy when used with the Atto Back Blow Nozzle.
*Variable pull trigger – as the name implies, you can “vary the blast” by how hard (or not) you pull the trigger. Like I said before, you can do this – kind of – with a run of the mill commercial grade air gun, but it’s not very precise, and far from ergonomic. Here’s a short video showing just how sensitive that trigger pull is:
If you’d like to give one a try, EXAIR offers these – and any catalog product for that matter – with a 30 Day Unconditional Guarantee. We invite you to put it through its paces for up to a month. If it’s not going to work out for you, for any reason, we’ll arrange return for full credit. Give me a call – we can talk about how you intend to use it, and which one’s right for you.
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