How To Avoid Destroying Your Pneumatic Nailer
March 16, 2015
Spring has almost sprung, and for some, that means pulling out pneumatic tools and firing them up for the first time this year. A few weeks ago, we told you how to protect your pneumatic tools and compressor from cold temperatures - but what about the rest of the year? Let's take a look at some professional tips to extend the life of pneumatic tools. Learn how to protect your air fastening tools - here on the Nail Gun Network.
Depending on the region you live, one of the biggest dangers to a pneumatic tool is the environment it resides. Airborne particles can clog pneumatic nailers and cause undue wear to components within the tool. This is particularly true in coastal regions, where moisture and salt in the air increases the chance for system failure or rusting. In areas with high moisture content in the air, it's extra important to avoid prolonged exposure of your tools to the elements. Invest in a systainer case or air-tight box to store pneumatic tools that are not in use - protecting your investment. The same principle applies to areas that have a lot of dust or sand in the air - particularly when talking about exterior job sites.
A universal rule for protecting and prolonging the life of a pneumatic nailer, make sure the tool is properly lubricated at all times. One of the most frequent causes for air nailer failure is component wear due to lack of lubrication. Just like you wouldn't drive a car or truck without oil in the engine, a pneumatic tool requires the same attention. Remember that pneumatic nailers and staplers require special lubricant, specifically labeled as pneumatic tool oil. Many generic lubricants eat through rubber over time, which will cause more harm than help in the long run (remember most pneumatic nail guns have rubber o-rings). Unless specified otherwise by the manufacturer, make sure pneumatic nailers, staplers and other fastening tools receive regular lubrication to moving parts. Even with a self-oiling valve design, it's important to keep watch that your pneumatic nailer is receiving the proper amount of lubrication. In general, we recommend putting two to three drops of pneumatic tool oil directly into the coupling joint before connecting the air hose. Do so daily at the start and finish of use - and be sure to fire it two to three times to give the oil a chance to work through the valves.
Surprisingly enough, many system failures on a pneumatic nailer can be prevented with proper use. Before firing up a nail gun, make sure you are using the correct size and type of nail. Pay careful attention to the nail's degree of angle, as well as the type of collation the nailer requires. Check the manufacturer's recommended operating pressure before hooking up an air compressor to avoid misfiring caused by inadequate air flow. Too much air pressure can drive nails too deep - whereas too little pressure can cause nails to not sink evenly. Furthermore, consistent improper pressure can lead to mechanical defects in the tool. Lastly, make sure you are using the proper size compressor. For finish and trim work, small hand-carry compressors will typically perform adequately. For framing tools, or if you are planning to connect multiple air-powered nailers, larger wheelbarrow compressors could be a better fit.
As always, safety is the top priority. Always consult your owner's manual or visit the manufacturer's website for detailed information about your pneumatic tool. For more maintenance advice, consult a certified repair center.
Keeping Your Pneumatic Nailers On The Job,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot