Pneumatic Hand Tools


5 hours

  Course Prerequisites:
Trades Safety: Getting Started (186001)
Basic Industrial Math (Block X21)
Practical Measurements (Block X22)

  What Students Learn:
Pneumatic tools are used in many areas of maintenance, construction, and production work. These tools harness the power of compressed air and convert this power to useful work. Compressed air can be a very powerful energy source. However, due to this power, you must be extremely careful when using these tools.

Pneumatic tools are normally made much heavier than standard-duty hand and power tools. You will notice this fact as soon as you lift an impact wrench or framing nailer. The cases of the tools are made intentionally heavy to contain the stresses of the impact hammers or piston and to absorb the normal day-to-day abuse that the tool takes. You have probably seen someone remove a tire's lug nuts with a pneumatic impact wrench. The operator picks up the wrench and blasts off four or five bolts. Next, the wrench is dropped the six inches or so to the floor while the operator's hands move to quickly grab the wheel and rim. Come back to this same shop a year later, and you will probably see the same wrench being used after thousands of tires have come and gone. The tool's case may be nicked and grooved, but if properly cleaned and lubricated, the tool could last for many thousand more tires.

This text discusses the selection, use and safe practices of using different types of pneumatic tools.

When a student completes this study unit, he and she will be able to:
  • Describe the various pneumatic tools used for plant maintenance.
  • Identify and describe the safe use of impact, cutting, and grinding tools.
  • Explain how pneumatic hammers, nailers, and staplers are selected and used in a safe manner.
  • Describe the use of pneumatic assembly tools such as grinders, sanders, screwdrivers, and drills and how other types of production tools are selected and used.
  • Identify the proper procedures for pneumatic tool and system care.
  • Identify safe tool use procedures and how vibration and excess noise can cause bodily injury.

    Pneumatic Tools for Maintenance; Pneumatic Tools for Construction; Pneumatic Tools for Production and Assemble; Pneumatic Tool Care; Using Pneumatic Tools Safely.



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