What kinds of pneumatic tools are there?

Pneumatic tools are known for being resistant, strong, powerful, robust instruments and work by the action of compressed air which is provided by a pneumatic compressor, which in turn works thanks to a motor that provides the necessary air to be compressed. But the peculiarity of pneumatic tools, in addition to their operating methods, is that they are designed to perform industrial, technical and professional tasks.

The list of pneumatic equipment is quite extensive (enough to intimidate any beginner) and that can be seen in the diagram where the list of all pneumatic tools or at least the most common ones is shown, where what is shown is just a small fraction of all the pneumatic equipment that First Technology distributes from Chicago Pneumatic, where there are at least 500 products available to you by clicking here.

For this reason, it is very important to know which pneumatic tool to choose, knowing not only the function we want, but also that we must be as explicit as possible during the pre-purchase consultancies on the tasks to be carried out. Therefore, when pneumatic tools are chosen, the parameters that define each of them must also be known, as there are pneumatic tools for extra heavy services, pneumatic equipment for heavy service and pneumatic equipment for light services.

To identify the types of existing tools, these can be grouped into 5 types of operational tasks such as:

  1. Pneumatic tools for applications requiring continuous air pressure
  2. Pneumatic tools for fixing objects
  3. Pneumatic tools for finishing and polishing work
  4. Pneumatic tools for tightening or loosening
  5. Pneumatic tools for cutting and drilling

First we have the pneumatic tools that require continuous air pressure.  It is important to emphasize that air pressure continues because all pneumatic tools demand air pressure, but each one consumes it in different ways. For this type of pneumatic tools, blow guns and pneumatic inflators stand out.

Although there are only two types of pneumatic tools, many other types of pneumatic tools can be derived from them, varying depending on the materials from which they are made or changing depending on the specific tasks for which they are desired.

Second are the pneumatic tools used in fixing objects, especially if it is permanent fixing of objects,  where the tasks that are carried out with them are quite specific such as framing, finishing, roofing, fixing sheets and others.

In this group of tools we find nail guns or pneumatic nailers, staplers and riveters; and despite the fact that each one is used for fixing tasks, the use of each one of them varies depending on the materials to be fixed and the applications, because in this case,  the riveting machines are used for fixing pieces of steel and staplers for fixing wooden parts.

In third place are pneumatic tools for finishing applications, this group of tools includes pneumatic sanders and polishers (paint sprayers are also used for finishing) to these different materials, that are attached depending on the finish that is applied.

In the fourth place are the pneumatic tools to tighten or loosen, these are tools for fixing tasks, but the parts that will be fixed are screws and nuts; where despite what it seems, it is possible to fix objects with greater force than with nails (this because with this type of pneumatic tools the fixings are made with pounds of pressure and torque).

This type of pneumatic tools includes ratchets, impact wrenches and pneumatic screwdrivers. These are the most popular pneumatic tools in industry and workshops.

And lastly, there are pneumatic tools for drilling and cutting, where the tasks they perform are self-explanatory. In this group of pneumatic tools we get pneumatic drills, grinders, chipping hammers or pneumatic percussion hammers and saws. Where each of these pneumatic tools fulfills its specific task.

All of these tools and much more are available from First Technology, Chicago Pneumatic’s authorized distributor, with all pneumatic equipment for industry, business and more. You can request quotes and see the tools catalog by clicking here.