Air Tool Maintenance

Air Tool Maintenance2018-11-30T03:57:57+00:00


The largest issue with air tool failure is improper lubrication.  It extends tools life with only a few drops of oil (0406) that goes directly into the whip hose or air inlet.  Simply run the tool for a few seconds after a few times a day and you’ll be good!  Check out our how to video.

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Air tool conditioner

Calcium build up can occur as water evaporates in tools. Air Tool Conditioner (16ATC) returns a tool to normal speed and power by breaking the surface tension of minerals in the tool. Once per week is standard unless the tool is used frequently.


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Protective covers can reduce wear/damage caused by abuse or dropping of air tools.  When a tool is dirty it can decrease power and the life of a tool.

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Compressor Air piping

Air tools typically need between 90-100 PSI at the tool, but check manufacturer guidelines. You can hear leaks near the tool that create a loss of power.  It is important to check pressure at the tool to identify full efficiency.

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Air Dryer

Moisture is condensed in air under pressure in the air lines and at the bottom of the tank. A compressor can make nearly 18 gallons of water vapor a day under average conditions of 75 degrees with 75% humidity. Your tools will experience loss of power, early failure, and potentially seize up with rust down the line as water moves through your system.

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Beat up impact tools and sockets significantly reduce the life of tools. Sockets won’t fit correctly if the beveled portion of the tip of the shank is worn. A loose or improper fit rounds the socket’s opening and once the socket is rounded it will wear the bevel quickly on the shank of a new tool similarly. Best practice is to purchase new sockets with a new wrench.

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Compressor filters

Depending on your situation some equipment only needs a filter/regulator, use your manual for more information. This increases efficiency of your air tools and extends performance life.

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