First, Yes, Nitrogen will work fine, regulators are available at most every
welding supply stores or online.
Second, why? For big jobs, an air compressor is the only way to go. With
the new, light weight polyurethane hoses you can easily run out a 100' of
Lastly, think Paslode for short difficult to get a hose too job.
Nitrogen can be used for tools. Depending on the reason maybe not the
best . Spray gun for paint might be very good. If you can not tolerate
moisture showing up in or on the product might be good.
Hospital ORs use nitrogen for certain tools ( Saws ) and they have a
medical air systems. Air that compressed in a pump with a water seal so
NO oil gets into the air supply. ( pretty darn near spotless) .
Also use air driers on control air lines for building controls. Those
pesky little controllers just cannot deal with moisture.
Good refrigerated air drier depending on cfm can be pricey.
Lugging a nitrogen tank around is not much fun either. Ever consider the
use of wheels to move an air compressor. ? Now if you can not put wheels
on the air compressor, you better call for one of those trucks you see
on the road delivering to supply houses and Hospitals. Check with your
local welding supply house, if they don't have what you want then YOU
don't need it.
Nitrogen would have zero water in it. When I used to airbrush, I would
hook up directly to a nitrogen tank with a regulator without a moisture
trap just because of this advantage.
As far as regulators, just google it. Tons of companies sell
regulators for nitrogen.
Yes N2 can be used to power tools and their are regulators available to make
that happen (from the same place you get the N2). I fix medical equipment
(the job I use to pay for my woodworking habit), and I can tell you that all
those fun tools used in surgery are powered by N2. They use it because it
is clean, it is dry and it is non-reactive (that is to say that it won't
feed a fire). However it is pricey, compared to using a compressor with a
moisture trap, which is what dentists use to power their "handpieces" (God
forbid we call them drills).
Anyone seriously looking at nitrogen power for air tools look into Atlas
Copco as they now make a rotary screw air compressor that is putting out
nitrogen. We install them in tire shops and they allow you t o use
compressed air or nitrogen. I am an Atlas Copco factory service tech and
they make a pretty good compressor. If you are looking for just oil free
air then the SF unit is more for you. Any one have any questions let me
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