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How Does an Air Hammer Work?

How Does an Air Hammer Work

The air hammer is first invented in 1890. After four years of the invention, the air hammer was patented by Charles Brady King in 1894. An air hammer is also known as an air chisel.

Many years ago, people used traditional hammer and chisel. With the evolution of time, the traditional hammers are replaced by the air hammer.

Basically, an air hammer is a pneumatic tool which is used to dig holes or cut through a surface as well as to shape or smooth a surface area.

The air hammer is not only a wonderful pneumatic technology but also it is a handy tool that is very valuable for its speed.

So, did you buy an air hammer? Aren’t you clear how to use it? No problem, I also didn’t know when I bought it first. An air hammer is a tool which has many uses for a craftsman. There are many tips to use an air hammer perfectly.

Today I’m going to share with you about my experiences on air hammer. Here I will try to make you clear that, how does an air hammer work! I will write it step by step and as easily as possible for you to understand properly. So, let’s start!


The Piston


The piston of an air hammer is only part that moves. It is located inside a cylinder of the air hammer which moves very rapidly back and forth from the air pressure of the compressor.

At the same time, following the air hammer, the piston moves up and down and also it opens a valve that helps the compressed air to enter the cylinder.

With the high speed, air flows the top of the piston and then it spreads all over the inner part of the cylinder from above and it pushes to go underneath.

When it comes to the bottom then it pushes upwards again. It is a cycling process which completes a cycle thousands of times per minute.


Compression


By using air compression, air hammer works. Compression of the air is the main power of an air hammer. Air compressors are one kind of large air tank which is attached to a motor. Also, the air hammer is adjacent to an air tank with a tube.

The motor provides pressurized air in the tank until it fulfills. This pressurized air keeps moving at sixes and sevens in the tube. The random moves of the air help the air hammer to be operational.

Air compressors size can be different according to the air hammer’s size. Small sizes of air hammers need small compressors at the same time larger air hammers need larger compressors.

Air compressors of specific air hammer model use specific CFM or cubic feet per minute and PSI or pounds per square inch.


Adaptability


For shaping or smoothing, hammer tips are very useful. At the same time, chisel tips will help you for cutting and scoring.

You will see, there are verity kinds of tips of hammer and chisel to use. All of the tips will help you so that you can use your hand-held air hammer correctly.

You should be careful and read precaution when you choose the tips for the better use of your pneumatic tool.


Applications


There are numerous motives to use an air hammer. In your job purpose, air hammer has the perfect application for nailing.

You will see there are several bits when you will go to use the air hammer. Different bits are used for different works.

The powerful drill bit works to drill in a surface area. Some bits can be acquired to cut steel, metal and others will be used for decorative and ornamental objectives. An air hammer is also used to take out mortar or removing rivets and so on.


Safety


As the air hammers are very powerful tools it may be the cause of a great injury if you do not be careful about the precaution when you use it.

You need to control your mighty tool with the calm mind and steady hand. Before using an air hammer, make sure to wear safety glasses and earplugs.

Importantly, you should bear in mind that, you must unplug the air hammer when you change the bits and tips into various moods. Be more careful while positioning of the tool so that you can handle the air hammer as you want.

Final Verdict

How was the trip? Methinks, already you have got some important ideas about how an air hammer works. Hope, spending a limited time, you have got all the important information what you were looking for. All of the information above will help you when you will use your pneumatic tool.

Remember that, by using your air hammer, you will learn more how you can drive your tool efficiently. Always, use the tools with the highest safety to avoid unexpected injury. Keeping smile on your mild face, use the air hammer with unlimited joy.

Have a perfect time with your air hammer! 🙂

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