Air tools are some of the best tools for any workshop - why is this the case?
- Because they don’t run on electricity or batteries they last longer and run much cooler
- Air tools also weigh less so you won’t get tired as quickly
- Most air tools come with features such as variable speeds and adjustable torque giving you greater flexibility
However, if you don’t set up or operate air tools correctly they can be dangerous.
Here are some tips on how to properly set up, maintain and use air tools:
To get the maximum performance from your air tool make sure you are using a compressor capable of the litres per minute required.
The LPM requirement is usually located on the Blackridge tools' packaging and the compressor’s maximum PSI is usually provided in the manual.
Tip 1 - Importance of Maintenance
Clean the air compressor after use.
Drain condensation from the air tank daily.
Clean the air filter weekly.
Tip 2 - Identify the Cycle
Every compressor has a specific duty cycle which is the amount of time it takes to recharge the compressor tank.
NOTE: When the compressor is pumping, make sure you don’t operate the air tool.
Tip 3 - Know Your Compressor
Each air tool has a specific pressure at which it operates. This is usually found in the tools manual.
NOTE: If you operate the tool above the specific pressure it will seriously reduce the life of the tool and could even be dangerous.
Tip 4 - Clean After Use
Make sure you wipe down your Air tools with a damp cloth after each use to maintain performance every time.
NOTE: You might need to use a non-flammable solvent depending on what you’ve been working on.
Tip 5 - Always Apply Oil & Lubricant
Before using your air tool apply about 5 drops of air tool oil into the air inlet and apply a little lubricant to the operating head - if noted in the manual - to make sure the tool will run smoothly.
Apply oil and lubricant after use as well so that the air tool remains lubricated during storage to prolong tool life.
To ensure lubrication during use it’s a good idea to use an inline oiler to keep the tool fully lubricated at all times.
NOTE: Lubrication oil should not be used with any spray tools so make sure you check the manual first.
Tip 6 - Storage is Important
Try to avoid storing the air tool or compressor in a humid or damp environment as it may cause rust deposits on and inside the air tool.
If taken care of, air tools will become an important part of any workshop.
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