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How to improve the performance of your air tools

Supplier: CAPS Australia By: CAPS Australia
05 February, 2014

Too often air tool users tend to blame the tool first for poor performance, but poor tool performance usually relates to flow.

Too often air tool users tend to blame the tool first for poor performance, but poor tool performance usually relates to flow.

Here's a list of items to check:

  • Lack of lubrication – low performance/worn parts/rusty parts/contaminated vanes
  • Impact wrenches need greasing
  • Air fittings – use high flow fittings (Nitto)
  • Air compressor sizing – ensure adequate sizing to ensure it can handle your air tool usage and the quantity of tools
  • Check for air line leaks
  • Check pressure – 90 psi constant should be at tool inlet with tool running
  • Low air pressure = low performance – should be at 90 psi. Ingersoll Rand Air Tool
  • High air pressure – broken tool parts never go over 100 psi
  • Filter regulator – is the lubricator the correct size?
  • Check hose size diameter and length
  • Air storage capacity – compressor tank size
  • Excessive water and oil carry over – correct filtration and lubrication
  • Check air inlet for rubbish blocking air flow
  • Check power dial on your tool is at maximum

If none of the items on this list relate to the poor performance of your air tool, then it may be time to consider the purchase of a new tool to give you the performance you need.