Air & Gas-powered Tools
Pneumatic tools, which run on compressed air, are widely used in industry and construction and have also become popular with DIY enthusiasts. Well-known air tools include nail guns and staplers, grinders, drills, jackhammers, chisel hammers, sanders, and wrenches. Although pneumatic tools require special use, they actually save a lot of time and effort and are relatively easy to use. They are known to be cheaper and lighter than their handheld counterparts.
Pneumatic tools are known for their superior power and lightweight; they are less likely to destroy easily. In addition, users do not have to go through a complicated process for maintaining pneumatic tools.
Pneumatic tools have become essential tools in recent years. Air tools can be used in different home improvement projects to perform demolition, drywalling and remodelling tasks. Pneumatic tools have evolved for a long time. Today's pneumatic tools are more reliable, more compact and more efficient than ever before.
As mentioned above, pneumatic tools are easier to use than their handheld counterparts. Air tools are lightweight, which improves their mobility. Pneumatic tools are specially designed for spark-free operation, which helps to avoid safety risks, especially when working near liquids or in a humid environment. Thanks to their compact design, pneumatic tools can be used in tight areas. In addition, air tools do not need a constant power supply to operate.
Pneumatic tools can be used to easily perform repairs and mechanical work on your vehicles as they speed up the processes of polishing, painting, tire inflation, grinding and cutting. It always depends on what you expect from an air tool, which the compressor power can then determine, that can be measured in cubic feet per minute; And with the ability that air tools have, that even though they already have so much horsepower, they don't tend to overheat which makes them more impressive compared to power tools. In addition, pneumatic tools work more accurately and precisely, reducing any possible hand fatigues during the operation.
Pneumatic Tool’s Safety
There are several potential risks associated with the use of pneumatic tools. The main danger is being struck by any tool's accessories (for example, a drill bit). Air tools that discharge nails, rivets or staples and that operate at pressures above 100 pounds per square inch must be fitted with a special system to prevent ejection of fasteners.
- Use the best tool for your job and read the manufacturer's instructions before using any tool.
- Do not use the tool at a pressure higher than that indicated by the manufacturer.
- Wear safety glasses or face shield, safety shoes or boots, and hearing protection.
- Install alert posters or guards in areas where workers may be exposed to flying fragments, chips, dust and excessive noise.
- Unplug tools when not in use before servicing to release jammed fasteners and change accessories such as bits and cutters.
- Only use accessories that the manufacturer recommends for the tools you are using.
- Accessories, such as chisels on a chisel hammer, should be secured with a safety clip to prevent them from being unintentionally ejected while operating. A short wire or positive locking device provides additional protection.
- Make sure that the compressed air supplied to the tool is clean and dry. Dust, humidity and fumes can damage a tool. A filter, regulator, and lubricant can increase the tool’s life.
- Reduce physical fatigue by using tools with a counterbalance system when possible.
- Keep tools clean, lubricated and maintained according to the manufacturer's instructions.