AIR TOOLS AND ACCESSORIES
AT ITM we supply the widest range of air tools across Australia. Every product we stock is available at the best possible price and is of the highest quality.
From blow guns and drills to impact wrenches and grinders, we have the air tools to suit a broad range of jobs and applications. We also supply all of your necessary air tool accessories including air couplers, air hoses, and air filter regulators.
What are Air Tools
Air tools (also known as pneumatic-powered tools) are operated by compressed air that is supplied by an air compressor. A full range of tools are available that can be operated via a compressor including blow guns, air hammers, wrenches, grinders, auto repair tools, and more.
When choosing the right air tool, the specifications to keep in mind include the free speed, air consumption, air pressure, horsepower and spindle size. If you need any advice on the air tool products we supply and their benefits, contact our knowledgeable staff who are more than happy to help you.
Why Use Air Tools
Air tools have a strong reputation for being reliable and hard wearing, proving to be an excellent alternative to both battery and electric operated tools. This is because air tools tend to last longer and run cooler than electric and battery-operated options.
Air tools also weigh less, making them much lighter to carry and requiring less strain to operate then heavier and bulkier battery-operated tools. They also tend to provide more power and faster speeds than the battery and electric alternatives.
The power to weight ratio is also impressive. Air tools are incredibly powerful considering how small and light they are, and they are easy to maintain, with many parts available if any repairs need to be done.
Many air tools also operate at variable speeds and have an adjustable torque, giving you the flexibility to operate the tool as effectively as possible for the job you are working on. In addition to all of these benefits, air tools are often more affordable and cost less than battery powered alternatives.
How to use Air Tools Correctly and Safely
Whatever air tool you are using, there are a number of factors to keep in mind to ensure you are operating it correctly and safely.
Firstly, it is important to ensure the compressor you own is capable of running the litres per minutes (LPM) required for the tool. If your compressor does not meet the LPM requirements, you will not be able to operate the air tool correctly and the performance will be severely hindered.
When using your tool, it is also important that it is not operated above the specified pressure. Not only will this reduce the life of your tool, but it can also be dangerous. Check the manual provided with your tool to find the optimal pressure to use.
Safety should always be at top of mind when operating air tools. To adhere to current workplace health and safety guidelines, you must wear safety glasses or goggles while working with your air tool. Depending on the tool you are using, you may also need to set up screens or shields in the area so others are not exposed to flying fragments or dust from the work you are doing.
How to Maintain Air Tools
It is important to know how to maintain your tools correctly to ensure you are getting the most out of your money.
Firstly, you should keep your air tools clean by wiping them down with a damp cloth. Depending on what you have been working on, a non-flammable solvent may need to be used. By making sure any dirt, dust, and grime is removed from your tools, you will be able to maintain the tools’ quality for longer.
To correctly maintain air tools, apply 5 drops of air tool oil to the air inlet before and after use to keep it lubricated. Please note that lubrication is not needed for spray tools. Before applying lubrication, read the manual supplied to see if air tool oil is required to maintain the tool you have purchased.
It is also just as important to maintain your compressor to keep it in optimal condition. This can be done by draining condensation daily to keep the compression tank from rusting out as well as cleaning the air filter weekly.
When storing your air tools, make sure they are not kept in a humid or damp environment. Inappropriate storage will reduce their quality over time. Always store your tools in a cool, dry place for optimal performance and to increase their lifespan.