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What are air tools used for?
Pneumatic tools, more commonly known as air tools, are power tools that use compressed air for energy, instead of electricity or hydraulic fluid. The compressed air is typically generated by a standalone air compressor, which can be powered by an electric motor, a gasoline engine, or even a diesel engine. The air is delivered through a series of pipes, hoses or a combination of both, and it is filtered and treated with a lubricant before being sent to the tool.
Pneumatic tools work best for jobs where they will be used intermittently or where output is relatively low, and where a lighter-weight tool is preferred to heavier electric or hydraulic models or difficult-to-use hand tools. They are also perfect for job sites in remote locations that have no access to power, as long as there is an engine-driven compressor available onsite. Pneumatic tools such as torque multipliers can be used for many tasks, including the following:
- Removing stubborn lug nuts from heavy vehicles
- Installing or removing nuts and bolts quickly
- Loosing or tightening high-torque fasteners
- Tightening fasteners to a specific torque value by adjusting air pressure
For many applications, pneumatic tools are much better that the alternatives.
How do Torq/Lite products compare to those by other manufacturers?
Compared to products from other manufacturers, our pneumatic tools offer great reliability with an industry-leading warranty and, like all Torq/Lite products, a free annual maintenance inspection. During operation, our pneumatic tools are quieter than the competition, and because they are not impact-driven, they feature less vibration. Other advantages include:
- Reduced chance of hearing damage
- Greater comfort during operation
- Less operator fatigue
- Reaction forces are separated from user
- Reduced weight, especially compared to electric tools
- Smaller size than electric or hand tools for tight spaces
- Minimal maintenance
- Both ¾ and 1-inch drive
- Locking direction control
Our pneumatic multipliers offer reliable and steady output to make sure the job gets done correctly the first time, and they offer high repeatability. The torque can easily be set per job by adjusting the air pressure, and, for the most important tasks, by using a torque transducer to dial in the exact specifications.
Torq/Lite pneumatic tools are built to last, and they are a great value compared to pneumatic tools from other manufacturers. They can easily increase productivity and will get the job done right the first time.
What should I consider when selecting and buying pneumatic tools?
There are several factors to consider before making a decision on a pneumatic tools. Be sure that you carefully consider each of the following:
- Is the job bolting or non-bolting?
- What are the torque specifications for the project?
- Is there a target torque, and what is it?
- If continuous torque is required, how much?
- How often and how long will the tool be used daily?
- What is the purchase price?
- How long is the warranty?
- What are the maintenance requirements?
At Torq/Lite, just like all our torque tools , our pneumatic tools and torque multipliers are a great value for their price. They can stand up to some of the toughest jobs and they are both durable and reliable. They offer adjustable torque for many applications, both bolting and non-bolting, and they have a great warranty.
"Your torque multiplier has saved our shop tons of work checking and double-checking torque values, and it can tackle even the toughest jobs. What a great purchase for the price."
"Some air tools are simply not made for tough jobs in the middle of nowhere. But when we replaced our old torque multipliers with Torq/Lite products, not only did our failure rate drop, but we could also trust that our fasteners were torqued correctly."
Tips for the safe handling of air tools:
1. Air tools are powered by compressed air, and as such any irregularities in a unit’s air flow or over-pressurization can cause the tool to breakdown. Check the manufacturing rating on the tool to ensure you’re using the appropriate pressure.
2. The air discharge from air tools can be exceptionally loud, and can damage a user’s hearing with prolonged, unprotected exposure. Use specialized hearing protection to minimize this risk.
3. Many compressed air tools aren’t insulated against shock. This means that any contact with a live wire has the potentiality to cause electric shock, potentially even an explosion. Always inspect your work area to ensure it’s clear from live wires and other hazards.
4. Wood shavings, particles of metal, filings, and more can be thrown back when compressed air tools are directed against a flat surface. Compressed air can also blow up a dust cloud. For both these reasons, it’s important to always wear eye protection whenever you’re either working with air tools directly or are working in the vicinity of air tools.
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Safety is a primary concern whenever a person’s working with tools. Whether you’re working in the construction industry or just working on a backyard project, it’s important to practice caution and know the proper steps to safely handle air tools.
Here are some useful tips to keep in mind:
- Compressed air can be very dangerous : Air tools should never be handled in a joking manner. Very serious, sometimes fatal, injuries have happened when a person pointed the nozzle of an air gun towards the body. The highly concentrated stream of air at high speed and high pressure has been known to enter a person’s blood stream through cuts and other openings. This can cause an air bubble to enter the blood stream and cause an embolism. Never point a tool that’s powered by compressed air at your or any other person’s body.
- Use the proper protection gear : Safety equipment such as gloves, protective shoes, and safety glasses will help protect you both from reflected back compressed air that hit a surface and from dust, chippings, and other debris that gets kicked up through the air tool’s use.
- Check the compressor’s setting : Check the manufacturer’s instructions before using any type of air tool. Most, but not all, will have an ideal working psi of at or around 90 psi. Sticking to the recommended pressure setting will help prevent against tool damage and unwarranted accidents.
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Air tools, also known as pneumatic tools, by definition are tools that are powered by compressed air. Common types of such air-powered tools include nailing guns, chipping hammers, sanders, grinders, and much more. But before you pick up any air tool, it’s important to understand how to use them safely.
Consider the following tips for the safe handling of air tools:
- Always read the manufacturer’s instructions in full before using any specific air powered tool. Even if you’ve already used the same type of equipment. That’s because different manufacturers will have different standards and maintenance suggestions for even the same type and genre of tools.
- Air-powered tools are especially powerful and can easily kick up a cloud of dirt and debris during use. When using against certain materials like wood, chips may fly back at you even when operating the tool according to the manufacturer’s instructions. For this reason, it’s important to always wear safety glasses, goggles, or a full face shield.
- Before starting use, post a warning sign or close off your work area to prevent bystanders from unknowingly walking into a potentially hazardous situation.
- Always keep air tools clean and well lubricated. Again, check the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure you are maintaining the tool accordingly.
- When choosing extra attachments for specialized jobs, check to be sure they correspond to manufacturer and industry recommendations.
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Whether you’re a handy homeowner working on a backyard project or collaborating on a commercial work site, using air tools can dramatically decrease the time you spend on a given project. However, with such power comes responsibility. Keep the following tips in mind to safely handle these efficient tools:
- Know the shock potential. Many air powered tools aren’t grounded or double insulated. This means that if you make contact with a live wire while you have the tool in hand, you may be shocked. You can avoid a painful jolt by isolating all of the electric power within your immediate work area.
- Always wear eye protection. While in use, the compressed air from the air tool can cause particles to fly out in unexpected ways. To prevent such particles from damaging your eyes and impacting your vision, it’s important to always wear eye protection before using any air tool.
- Maintain proper air pressure. Depending on your work site, the air powered tool you use may be powered from a source that delivers a varying air pressure and flow. If this pressure and flow begins to exceed the recommended manufacturer’s rating, it can cause the air tool to speed too fast which will lead it to deliver excessive force or torquing. This over-working decreases the tool’s lifespan and can cause immediate breakage. Alternatively, if the opposite occurs and there’s inadequate pressure, the air tool won’t be able to function properly and may shut off. You can prevent either scenarios from happening by always adjusting the air pressure according to the manufacturer’s rating before use. It’s also important to check hoses to ensure they have the correct interior diameter and aren’t kinked or damaged.
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Air tools are utilized in most every industry. These tools use compressed air to drive their functions for powerful and efficient effects. They provide a valuable utility and are safe when used properly. But, just as with any tool, air tools and compressed air should be handled with care to prevent accidents and injuries.
Here are a few tips for the safe handling of air tools:
- Ensure that all pipes, hoses, and fittings are rated for the maximum pressure of the air compressor used.
- Unless the air tool being used has a quick-disconnect plug, it’s vital to turn off the air supply and bleed the tool of excess air before disconnecting it from the compressor.
- Goggles, face shields, or other types of eye protection must be worn when using an air tool or compressor, especially when cleaning equipment.
- When using a gas-powered compressor to power your air tools, always locate it outdoors as its byproduct fumes are toxic.
- Air tools are capable of generating static electricity. This static electricity can be very dangerous if the compressor itself is located in an area with flammable or explosive fumes. To protect yourself, be sure the air compressor is grounded and avoid using a long extension cord. Too long of a cord can cause voltage drops that’ll damage the compressor and the air tool’s electric motors and panels.
- When using air tools, never point the tool toward your or another person’s body. Additionally, ensure that the tool’s trigger is not being pulled when you’re initially turning on the compressor
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Air tools have become highly popular due to their inherent advantages of being lightweight, compact, and reliable in their operations. Plus, air tools have been shown to increase productivity as they can be used for an extensive period of time and are capable of getting jobs done much faster than if they had been done using manual tools. However, as with any most devices, special care should be used to ensure safe working conditions.
Consider the following tips before you purchase and use your air tool:
- The right tool for the project. It’s important that air tools should be selected for the proper application. Consider your workstation design and the experience of the user. Areas should be well lit with proper ventilation and a comfortable are for the worker should be established to prevent fatigue.
- Keep up with maintenance. Air tools are prone to poor performance and failure when they aren’t kept properly maintained. Keeping your tools well lubricated and maintain lends to a fairly long service life. The biggest causes of failure include:
- Water and foreign entities like rust
- Insufficient lubrication
- Worn or damaged parts
- Use firm and proper holding techniques throughout use. Air tools can pack quite the punch, so it’s important to keep a firm and steady grip on the tool’s handle to prevent it from either missing its intended goal (such as with an air hammer) or slipping from your hand. You can avoid muscle stress and fatigue by keeping your wrists as straight as possible and not making too many repetitive motions. Stop immediately if you feel a hand tingling, numbness, or other pain in your fingers, wrists, forearms, or shoulders.
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An air tool, also know as a pneumatic tool, is one that is powered by compressed air. Common types of air-powered tools include nailing and stapling guns, chipping hammers, drills, and sanders. They are quickly becoming commonplace in both industry environments and homeowner projects due to their affordability and ease-of-use.
But like any tool, they require safe handling to avoid accidents and injuries. Before you pick up an air tool and start on your own project, consider these tips for the safe handling of air tools:
- Always review the manufacturer’s instructions before connecting the tool to the air compressor. If you’re at all unsure about handling instructions, contact your local hardware dealer.
- Wear safety glasses, goggles, or face shield, and, depending on the tool, steel-toed boots and/or hearing protection.
- Section off your work area and put up a sign warning nearby workers and family members that an air tool is being used. This is because these power tools tend to lead to flying fragments, chips, and dust that can be harmful to passerbys.
- Before and after use, check to ensure the air tools are clean and appropriately lubricated.
- Make sure that the compressed air machine and attached hole is equally clean and free of dust and excess moisture.
- When connecting your air tool to the compressor, make sure all of the hose connections fit correctly and that there is a mechanical means, such as a chain or wire, securing that connection.
- Always turn off the air pressure when it isn’t being used and when changing out air tools.