The Kobalt SGY-AIR132 is a sturdy, economical option that features a corrosion-resistant alloy steel barrel and a heat-treated piston. Both sides of the handle have a rubber grip that makes it comfortable to use for extended periods.
The Sunex SX243 boasts a rust-resistant, aluminum alloy housing in a hardened long-barrel design, ensuring that it can handle any abuse it might encounter on the job site. It also has a built-in regulator knob, so adjusting it on the fly is a cinch.
If you do a lot of work with tiles, then the DeWalt DWMT70785 will be worth its weight in gold on remodels and demolitions. It’s effective on ceramics and masonry, but it’s not really powerful enough for anything more challenging than that.
Campbell Hausfeld XT101000
The Campbell Hausfeld XT101000 absorbs vibrations effectively, making it a bit more forgiving on your hands than a lot of other options. It does feel a little underpowered, though, despite being capable of 2,600 blows per minute,
The Ingersoll-Rand 114GQC isn’t the best choice for heavy-duty jobs, but for some small shops and simple DIY work it should be up to snuff. It delivers a 2-5/8-inch stroke and 3,500 blows per minute, giving you enough power and speed when you need it.
Chicago Pneumatic CP7150K
Coming with five chisels and a hardy storage case, the Chicago Pneumatic CP7150K offers a great value for the price. It features a long barrel that makes it easier to get into tight spots, and is powerful enough to chip away at solid concrete.
The short-barrel Ingersoll 122MAXK comes equipped with built-in anti-vibration technology and an ergonomic grip, providing plenty of comfort for all-day use while minimizing hand fatigue. It ships with a quick-change retainer, a five-piece chisel set, and a storage case.
The Aircat 5300-A-T has a long barrel that allows the piston to build momentum and deliver more powerful blows than shorter models. The chisel coupler prevents air bypass, which could affect the output of spring-style retainers.
Chicago Pneumatic CP714
Designed with professionals in mind, the heavy-duty Chicago Pneumatic CP714 offers precision and good control over its speed, thanks to its spool valve and positive-action trigger. It requires a bit of an investment, but it should be worth it.
Astro Pneumatic Tool 4980
The commercial-grade Astro Pneumatic Tool 4980 is ideal for industrial and automotive applications where lesser models might fail. Whether you need to install rivets in steel beams or remove a torsion bar on a large diesel pickup truck, this bad boy is up to the task.