Two parts make up the blow gun: the nozzle and the air gun, which runs on compressed air. The primary purposes of blow guns include cleaning, drying, and blowing parts off of work areas.
A long extension with a small nozzle makes a blow gun the ideal tool to clean a blind hole, which is a drilled hole that doesn’t completely go through the material. A blow gun reaches down and gets the loose parts out, easing the difficulty of cleaning deep blind holes and other crevices.
Additional uses include cleaning drains and breaking surface tension. Before you purchase a blow gun, make sure you know the depth range of the area you plan to clean so that you choose the right extension.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations state that the static pressure of the air gun must not exceed 30 psi. If it exceeds 30 psi and something blocks the end of the nozzle, the compressed air can build up, penetrate the operator’s skin and cause serious injury. Most blow guns require 80-150 psi to operate, so they come equipped with air relief valves on the nozzle to give the air flow another outlet if the end is blocked.
You also need chip guarding to protect yourself and your employees from flying pieces. You have two options to achieve this: a compressed-air shield and a particle deflector.
In addition, OSHA requires that you wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as a face shield and hearing protection. You can also reduce noise by choosing a quieter model that still offers the same thrust, although you should still wear hearing protection.