With winter quickly approaching, it is important to perform seasonal and routine maintenance on your tools to insure their longevity. Below are 5 tips (look for the last 5 tips later this week) to help you prepare your tools for the upcoming winter months and beyond.
- Read and understand the instruction manual: This document not only explains the proper way to use the tool, but also explains many of the tips and processes that will extend your pneumatic or cordless tool’s life and keep you safe.
- Always wear safety glasses: Most pneumatic tools will send debris through the air. Debris may include fragments of the collation material or pieces of the lumber that the fastener is being fired into. Regardless of the projectile, safety glasses are essential for any pneumatic or cordless tool operator’s visual longevity.
- Oil tools daily: Many pneumatic & cordless tools use engines that require the use of rubber O-rings and those O-rings require lubrication in order to function properly. The following points will ensure that you are oiling your pneumatic & cordless tools properly. Read your instruction manual and make sure that your tool requires oil, and if so, the manual will tell you the recommended amount of oil and when to oil the tool. Some tools are oil-less and may not require oil. If you are using your tool in a harsh climate, including those climates that are extremely high in humidity or cold temperatures, be sure to check with the tool manufacturer. These climates may require the use of oils that are designed specifically for these climates. Tools should be oiled prior to every use, and they should also be oiled prior to storage. Tools that sit in storage for an extended period of time without oil have a higher chance of drying out, thus damaging internal parts.
- Do not drop tools: Pneumatic & cordless tools are not designed to be dropped from any height. Although many of them are tested to withstand several different forms of abuse, it is always in the best interest of your tool investment to set tools down on a surface that is dry and clean. If you are using your tool in a location that does not require much obility there are several different zero gravity tool balancers that are available. Tool balancers can not only prevent a tool from being dropped and damaged, but they can improve the ergonomics of any operator.
- Know the difference between air volume and air pressure and how it affects your pneumatic tool: Air volume and air pressure are very different components of performance for pneumatic tools. Air volume is measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM), and air pressure is measured in pounds per square inch (PSI). Too much air pressure can cause serious amage to your tool and even bodily damage; most tools have a maximum air pressure rating of 120 PSI – PLEASE READ YOUR PNEUMATIC TOOL’S OWNER’S MANUAL FOR MORE INFORMATION. Too little air pressure will result in poor performance. Poor performance can mean improper nail feeding or jamming, and will likely prevent the tool from countersinking a fastener as it should. Air leaks can affect both air pressure and air volume. Be sure to check your air lines, couplings, and fittings regularly to make sure you are maximizing the air flow to your pneumatic tool.
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