Chicago Pneumatic Air Hammers
Chicago Pneumatic is an industrial manufacturing company that distributes its products, such as power tools, hydraulic equipment, generators, and air compressors, to more than 150 countries. Its air hammers are useful for many construction projects. These tools can help you chisel your way through paint, metal, wood, and plastic; they also work with other materials, such as masonry, asphalt, and concrete.What should you look for in an air hammer?
Before you commit to buying an air hammer, you should take these factors into account:
- Air compressor tank capacity: Before buying a specific Chicago Pneumatic air tool, you should know the recommended PSI requirements for the tool in question.
- Barrel size: The size of the barrel determines the types of tasks your air hammer can handle. Hammering tools with longer barrels are for heavier jobs, while models that feature shorter barrels are for light-duty projects.
- Power levels: Purchasing a pneumatic hammer that provides you with between 1,500 and 3,000 blows per minute (BPM) gives you the ability to work on both heavy- and light-duty jobs. To use your hammer properly, always choose job-appropriate chisel sizes.
- Trigger types: Some Chicago Pneumatic hammers have progressive-pull triggers. These triggers increase power output gradually.
You can use your Chicago Pneumatic tool in a wide variety of situations. These include:
- Fracturing concrete or asphalt.
- Needle-scaling paint from other materials.
- Chiseling/shaping metallic objects.
- Chipping off welds.
- Tamping and ramming metallic castings.
- General demolition jobs.
Using job- and equipment-appropriate accessories enables you to get the most out of your Chicago Pneumatic air tools. Some common accessories include:
- Air hoses.
- Nut-splitting heads.
- Flat-chiseling heads.
- Panel-cutting heads.
- Pipe-cutting heads.
- Rivet-busting heads.
- Weld-peening heads.
Your power tools will last longer if you perform periodic maintenance on them. Some tasks to keep in mind include the following:
- Monitor proper air pressure levels: Always examine pressure level settings before and after using your hammer and air compressor.
- Lubricate your tools frequently: Your air tools include moving metal parts with tight tolerances. To keep them running properly, you should periodically inspect and lubricate them. For light use, a weekly check is a good idea. For heftier tasks, you may need to check and lubricate your tools daily.
- Check fittings: Check to see if your hoses and fittings match the fittings on your air hammer.