Same as water, air is essential to us humans to be able to live. Seems like we’re not the only ones, as there are some machines requiring air as well, to be able to function. Yes, I’m talking about the pneumatic tools, not surprisingly also known as air-powered, or simply air tools.
This specific system they have, designed to operate on compressed air, makes them that much safer, as well as easier, to run than tools powered by electricity, and their higher ratio of weight to power means you can find a smaller tool to accomplish a certain task instead of a bigger, and bulkier one. Oh, and they are more affordable too!
In terms of variety, there are a great deal of different types of pneumatics, from blow, grease, and nail guns, to oil extractors for waste fluids, cleaner pump, and paint sprayers, angle grinders, impact wrenches, jackhammers, and compressors – you sure have plenty to choose from to get the tasks done with the much needed air pressure. This goes for both professional and DIY purposes.
Though there’s the specific form of pneumatics for specific tasks, these tools can be quite versatile, and you’d find it difficult to resist the effortless cleaning with the help of compressed air. However, it’s important to remember they are power tools after all, and you have to be careful, always assuring the nozzle pressure is below 30psi, when carrying out cleaning with air pressure – use that cleaning method as a last alternative.
To be on the safe side using these power tools, it’s advisable to acquire the adequate bits and pieces of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). Depending on the tool and task itself, PPE can include specialised goggles, face shield, gloves, hearing protection, and boots; PPE can also protect you from tool breakages. Speaking of breakages, carrying out a little maintenance every now and then wouldn’t hurt to ensure the durability and safety of the tools.
Remember to always inspect the tools prior to using them, equipping them with an in-line regulator filter, or lubricator if necessary to increase their lifespan by preventing dust, and corrosion from damaging, ensuring there’s always clean and dry compressed air for use.
Since you’d come across a variety of these tools, it’s advisable to stick to the manual of the tool so you use it properly, and avoid getting tool attachments that aren’t recommended by the manufacturer. This way you take care of the tool, and your safety.