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Getting The Most From Your Air Tools

by Jared De Hooge

Air tools are often the workhorses of the garage — and for good reason. When you don't have the manual strength or dexterity for a task, air tools can get the work done in no time. However, your air tools are only as reliable and consistent as your care for them. If you want to be sure that you're getting the best possible results from your air tool investment, there are some things that you need to consider.

Match The Tools To The Compressor

The air pressure requirement for your air tools should be equivalent to the output of your air compressor system. This ensures that the tools get the pressure that they need to function correctly without overpressurizing them and potentially damaging the tool head or, worse, the components you're working on. Take time to understand the duty cycle and pressure needs for each air tool you invest in to be sure that they fit your compressor system properly.

Look For Efficient Equipment

Whenever possible, look for air tools designed for efficiency. When you can get the job done with less air demand, that reduces the energy consumption on your part and the cycle time of your compressor. The less cycle time for the compressor, the longer the potential lifespan. If you want to protect your investment in both the tools and the tank, maximize efficiency in your selections.

Keep Up With Maintenance

You may not think much of the maintenance requirements for your air tools and the compressor that powers them. However, it's important to keep your tools cleaned thoroughly and checked for wear on a regular basis. If you neglect cleaning and inspections, you might eventually have an air tool with a failing gasket and a poor seal. This allows for blow-by, which wastes air and reduces the pressure reaching the tool head. Be proactive about maintenance to avoid this risk.

Remember that even well-maintained air compressors can inadvertently introduce dust, particles, and even moisture to the air tools. If you don't pay attention to these risks, your tools can get clogged or corrode, which may lead to operational failure. Check with the manufacturer of your tools to understand the care and maintenance needs for the best performance.

Air tools make the hard work look easy by leveraging the power of air pressure. Keep your system working at its best with these tips and careful considerations before you invest.