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
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
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?