Pneumatic Tools or Electric Tools: Which One to Choose?

Pneumatic Tools or Electric Tools: Which One to Choose?

Tools powered by compressed air are increasingly being seen and used in workshops. They are used for finishing touches and countertop finishes in workshops. The characteristics and solutions offered by these types of machines have sparked the interest of more marble workers.

Electric tools still hold an important place, and many are reluctant to stop working with them. This is because their characteristics and performance continue to improve. This raises several questions such as: Are pneumatic tools or electric tools better? Which ones have more power? Which ones allow me to cut thicker materials?

With this blog post, we will address all these questions that arise when choosing between one machine or another, as well as present you with the best solutions on the market for stone processing and cutting..

The 8 differences between pneumatic tools and electric tools

Among the main differences or points to consider are power and speed. As well as environmental factors, machine lifespan, purchase cost, and maintenance cost. We know that the way each system is powered for movement is different, influencing all the aspects we have listed.

Next, we will provide a more detailed analysis of both types.


Electric tools are generally larger and heavier, while pneumatic tools are lighter and more manageable. This allows us to reach areas or corners that a larger machine wouldn't allow.

We recommend our pneumatic polishers, the Alpha AIR.834 and the AIR-854, which we exclusively distribute from MASER throughout Europe.

The AIR-834 polisher, approved by the renowned company COSENTINO, is a high-performance pneumatic polisher that provides superior polishing results with increased productivity and efficiency.

  • Lightweight/Ergonomic: Improved maneuverability
  • Equipped with a powerful motor: 4,000rpm/85 PSI/6 bar
  • Splash guard for better visibility
  • Works with abundant water supply: regardless of the position

On the other hand, the AIR-854 polisherallows for polishing, profiling, and beveling with this single tool. It is also a high-performance, lightweight, and ergonomic handheld polisher.

  • Ample water supply regardless of position
  • Motor with a no-load speed of 5,500rpm
  • Splash guard for improved visibility
  • Silicone cover on the gearhead for cushioning and maintaining warm hands

 Don't miss this video where you can see the pneumatic polisher Alpha AIR-834 and the AIR-854 in action.


It is one of the aspects we first consider when making our purchase. The difference in power between an electric or pneumatic machine is barely noticeable, as both can reach high levels, although size can enhance it.


The main advantage of pneumatic machines is their ability to perform repetitive tasks without the need for breaks to let the machine rest since they don't overheat. However, this is not the case with electric tools, as their motor operates continuously, leading to overheating. This can result in gear wear, as well as causing the machine to burn out or lose power.


Several aspects need to be considered in this regard. The first and most fundamental is the use of water. It is not common for electric machines to use water, which can cause material breakage due to overheating or friction. Additionally, it may inadvertently expose operators to respiratory illnesses when breathing in residue particles.

The new systems that MASER offers eliminate these disadvantages, thanks to the incorporation of water in the machines or accessories, allowing the transformation from a dry to a wet tool.

Another point is the noise produced. In the case of pneumatic tools, there is high noise pollution, as they emit very loud sounds.

In conclusion, pneumatic tools, due to their design and the lack of electricity usage, can be used in extremely hot or cold temperatures without affecting their performance. They can also be used in submerged work environments.


Electric machines result in an increase in daily costs, as the electrical consumption scales with the power used. But what about the costs of a pneumatic tool? On the contrary, pneumatic tools do not experience this additional cost in workshops. This is because their power is constant and produced by the compressor. In our online store, you can find different models that provide the necessary air and water pressure for their operation. To better understand the functioning of compressors and which one best suits your needs, we recommend reading our blog post on this topic → click here ←


An electric polisher or saw can reach high but moderate speeds. In pneumatic solutions, the achieved speeds can be very high, although pressure loss and air compression can lead to efficiency loss. For this reason, choosing the right compressor is vital to achieve the expected results and provide our customers with the best attention.




In the case of electric tools, they have a long lifespan, considering regular inspections, daily care, and proper use. On the other hand, pneumatic tools, thanks to their lightweight nature, require minimal maintenance. Although they have durable components, which make them cost-effective. Both have low maintenance costs.


In terms of safety, the use of pneumatic systems with air and water helps prevent respiratory illnesses. New electric tools such as the VSP 340 electric polisher with water, which integrates electricity and water, pose no risk of electrocution to the operator.


In conclusion, there are many differences and similarities.

  • Your choice will depend on various factors such as the adaptation of your workshop to pneumatic equipment with quality compressors.
  • It will also depend on the desired finishes, the machine's performance, and the desired lifespan.


At MASER, we offer marble workers a wide range of tools that adapt to the specific needs of each workshop. You can explore the best solutions for your workshop inour online store. Additionally, you can contact us for more detailed information and receive the best guidance in choosing the machine that best suits your needs.

Furthermore, some of our electric and pneumatic polishers can be acquired through our renting service. What is this? With MASER Renting, you pay a minimal monthly rental fee for the machine's use. After 24 to 84 months, you have the option to purchase it for a minimal amount, and the machine becomes a valuable asset for your company! To learn more about our renting service, click here.

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