Every now and then I come up with something that I think is a brilliant idea, but no one else does.
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While standing in the checkout line at Home Depot I say a pneumatic tool set on sale. I started to think how nice it would be to have this for my shop. Then I started to think "What is it that makes pneumatic tools better than electric tools in the shop?". Which led me to wonder why just the shop. Why not the whole house....why not the kitchen?
Now I like my kitchen tools. Food processor, blender, and KitchenAid mixer all have an important place in the kitchen. Seeing that I actually own a KitchenAid mixer gives an indication of the importance I put on my kitchen .
So here is my vision....Much like people have a central vacuum in their house (say in the garage), I want a central compressor in my house with compressed air lines to various places. In the kitchen I'd like to see several of those quick disconnect fittings, and a whole bunch of pneumatic kitchen tools....A pneumatic blender, a pneumatic egg beater, a pneumatic meat tenderizer, pneumatic poultry shears even!
Extend it to the rest of the house, too. A compressed-air outlet in the bathrooms could power pneumatic brushes for cleaning the toilet or scrubbing grout. No worries of electrocution! It could even power your toothbrush....after-all the dentist already uses pneumatic tools. How about a pneumatic powered beater for that central vacuum, too?
The possibilities are truly endless. I know that if they made 'em, I'd buy 'em.
Interesting idea. Pneumatic (silent “p”, as in “swimming”) tools are cheap because there are no CSA/UL/CE rules for them the way there are for electrical tools & appliances. In a dirty shop environment (think auto body for example) they work well because they are immune to the dirt. In the kitchen this may be a problem because the oily air blast from the exhaust would blow the flour all over the place when making a cake in your pnmix-pnmaster. Because of the exhaust blast, safety glasses should be worn with all air tools – not because there is anything in the exhaust (except perhaps a bit of oil) but because it stirs up everything around it. Other factors are the low overall mechanical efficiency (in the range 10-35%) and the inability to make toast (except perhaps on the compressor’s cylinder head).
Interesting piece of trivia – large scale compressed air was one of the considerations for harnessing the power of Niagara Falls (See Niagara by Pierre Berton, also http://www.pbs.org/tesla/ll/ll_niagara.html). I can’t imagine the plumbing that would require.
Like your site - found it when looking for the Palm Modbus stuff =8-)
On second thought, that oily exhaust blast might not be too great....but there are clean air pneumatics. I know my dentist uses a high speed rotary burr that is air powered and no one has complained of a mouth full of oil
On the subject of water powered compressors, you reminded me of the Ragged Chutes compressed air plant that existed where I used to live up in Northern Ontario.....think that is subject for a different blog entry.
Oh man! Great freakin' idea- and I just realized, it would work during a power outage, too (assuming you had a tank to store the compressed air, and didnt just rely on the compressor running whenever you needed it...).
Just think: Using a blender during a power outage! Incredible!