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August 26, 2019
Have you found that your pneumatic tool is underpowered or not running as expected? Well, it could all come down to your air line accessories and/or connection, rather than the tool itself. It’s worth quickly checking your air line installation – a simple job that only takes a couple of minutes.
It’s easy: each accessory from the filter, regulator and lubricator (FRL) to the tool’s inlet should be selected considering the following four key tool values:
= size of the tool’s air inlet. This value will help you select the correct size of connector.
= type of thread on the tool air inlet. The three main types of pneumatic tool inlet threads are:
Safety tip: To avoid any wrong connections or air leakage, never mix thread types.
= the volume of compressed air required by the tool to work properly and efficiently. This value is given in cubic feet per meter (cfm) or in liters per second/minute (l/s or l/m).
= while this isn’t typically classified as a tool value, tool manufacturers usually recommend the correct hose diameter to help ensure your tools perform at their best. The value is specified in millimeters (mm) and/or in inch (“).
Refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations online, to the tool print catalog or the operating manual.
By double-checking these four values, you will not only increase your tool’s efficiency but also reduce safety hazards in the workplace linked to air line installation failure. Enhance your installation safety by reading our air line installation guide and self-diagnostic check list.
“ Want to improve efficiency while ensuring safety? Double-check your compressed air line accessories first. ”