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Pneumatic Hammers
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Pneumatic hammers, also known as air hammers, power hammers and sometimes nail guns, use compressed air, which rapidly drives a piston back and forth thousands of times per minute. Air, forced into the central cylinder, pushes the tip attachment forward with tremendous power. Then the cylinder valve reverses the airflow, pushing the tip attachment to the back of the cylinder, repeating the back and forth action until the trigger is released. Obviously, larger, more powerful pneumatic hammers need a higher volume of compressed air to produce the required cubic feet per minute and pounds per square inch to operate.

Pneumatic Air hammers are used for a variety of purposes, from heavy-duty construction and demolition to artistic works. Depending upon the bit used, an artisan can save hours of hand chipping, cutting and scoring stone with a chisel and produce excellent decorative and ornamental designs and sculptures.

Construction and demolition tasks are quicker and easier as a powerful air hammer is put to use cutting metal and removing mortar or rivets. Nailing, an obvious use for a pneumatic hammer, is amazingly fast when installing wood framing, sheathing and roofing materials.

For some models, the nails (fasteners) are mounted onto long strips of paper or plastic carriers, depending on the design of the hammer. Others use a coil type fastener in a wire or plastic collation.

Think Safety � Use With Care

Air hammers are very powerful tools, which can cause great injury. Thinking of a pneumatic hammer as a “nail gun” may remind users to take the same precautions as with handling a firearm.

According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). about 42,000 people are hurt seriously enough each year to require emergency room treatment. 60% of those are professionals. While proper safety equipment such as safety glasses and earplugs are recommended, foot, hand and finger injuries are among the most common injuries.

Since their invention in 1950, the addition of safety features have helped to reduce accidental injuries from pneumatic hammers. Modern models are designed to “fire” while the muzzle is touching the target. Unless modified, they will not shoot projectiles like a hand gun.

Because of the hard use expected from air hammers and the compressors that run them, we recommend checking that all parts, hoses and connections are in good working order before each use.  Ideal Tool & Equipment Service is your source for prompt and complete parts replacement and service by factory-trained technicians. We’re a family-owned brick and mortar business, trusted by generations of all types of power tool users and have served the Philadelphia and the tri-state area since 1952. 

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