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Pneumatic-Tool Basics

Pneumatic tools are great additions to any workshop, as they run cooler and often last longer than electric tools.

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pneumatic tools are great additions to workshop

Pneumatic tools are great for anyone starting or adding to a workshop. In recent years, pneumatic tools have become a lot more consumer-friendly.

Before attaching a pneumatic (air-powered) tool to an air compressor, check the tool's psi (pounds per square inch) level to determine what size compressor is needed. Set the compressor's regulator accordingly, and make sure the right-size nozzles to fit the tool to the air compressor's hose are available. If necessary, wrap Teflon tape around the nozzle for an airtight seal.

Countless numbers of tools can be hooked up to an air compressor. Pneumatic caulking guns can extrude caulk in a faster, smoother stream than manual guns. Pneumatic socket wrenches can be connected to a compressor to help in tight spots.

A random-orbit sander with a self-generated vacuum system may be hooked up to an air compressor for sanding fine woodwork. Pneumatic cutters are used for cutting all kinds of metal, including clamps, bolts and joints.

The heavy-duty impact wrench is often used for rotating tires. The pneumatic chisel is useful for removing mufflers and tailpipes from cars, and for removing mortar from bricks.