Freezing temperatures mean it’s time to stock up on cold resistant tools and supplies. Using air tools and compressors without proper winter maintenance can result in undue wear, tear and deterioration. Before firing up your air tools in the bitter cold, take a look at Nail Gun Depot's checklist for cold weather preventative maintenance tips and supplies:
Moisture Reducing Air Tool Oil
Air tools need good lubrication to combat the condensed water that builds up, then freezes, in their system. For sub-zero temperatures, Paslode 219090 cold weather air tool oil is formulated with anti-freeze, which keeps your air tool running efficiently in temperatures of 32 degrees and below. Another great option, the Senco PC1295 moisture shield air tool oil protects your pneumatic tool in cold, damp conditions.
Cold Resistant Air Hoses
An air tool is nothing without its air hose, and for use in cold weather conditions, you'll need a hose that's resistant to freezing temperatures. Consider hoses that remain flexible in a wide range of temperature. Hoses made from rubber are generally the top recommended option for cold weather, but are sometimes not preferable due to the heavier weight of rubber. To avoid the additional weight of rubber, hybrid air hoses are becoming a popular contender for low temperature use. A hybrid blend of polyurethane, rubber and PVC offers decent cold weather resistance, without the bulkiness of rubber. Hybrid options, such as the RolAir NOODLE hose, offer a reduced weight design that remains flexible in temperatures as low as -40 degrees.
Low Temperature Fuel Cells
Being prepared with the right fuel cells can make the difference between getting your job done or postponing it. Fuel cells that aren’t rated for the extreme cold will freeze up. If running a Paslode cordless framer, CF325 orange framing fuel (816008) works in all seasons, between 18 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It also eliminates the need for additional warming or pumping up, making it extremely easy to insert and run.
**Pro Tip: Keep one fuel cell warm, and one in the tool to use. After 4 to 5 strips of nails, put the warm fuel cell into your tool and keep the previous one warm to avoid freeze-ups.
Pneumatic tools are especially prone to winter weather problems, such as internal moisture build-up, frozen fuel cells and stiff air hoses.
Keeping with the idea that cordless nailers work where pneumatic models won't, battery-only tools require nothing extra to run in the cold. Truly the best solution to running a nailer during winter, consider battery-powered cordless tools. New cordless nailers from Bostitch, Dewalt and Hitachi all offer a battery-only power source, perfect for working in winter-like conditions.
Winter isn't coming - it's here. Are your tools ready for the cold?
~ The Nail Gun Depot Team