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How to get the most out of your pneumatic fastening tool.

Eight recommendations for improving the performance and longevity of pneumatic fastening guns.

The following tips will help you get the most out of your pneumatic fastening tools to ensure the highest levels of quality and productivity.

* Keep the tools clean: Dirt and dust buildup robs pneumatic tools of their power and causes excessive wear. Whenever possible, keep your pneumatic fastening tools in areas away from saws and sanders. Clean the pneumatic fastening tools regularly by blowing off dirt and dust with compressed air and wiping the tools with a clean rag.

* Know the fastener range of your tools: All pneumatic tools are designed to drive certain fastener types and sizes. Be sure that you're aware of the full range of fasteners your various tools are capable of driving so you can maximize their utility. It helps to keep a full-size fastener chart handy that indicates what fasteners your tools can drive.

* Don't underestimate staples: While pneumatic tools are known for their effectiveness, ease of use and speed, special -- and inexpensive -- attachments can make them even more so. For instance, there are attachments that help secure shelf standards, and roller guides that help ensure accurate placement of fasteners.

* Know you accessories: Be sure to ask about accessories because they can make the tools easier to use and help increase productivity. For instance, a swivel connector lets you use the tool without getting tangled in or fighting the air hose. A belt hook provides a place to rest the tool so you can use both hands to position materials.

* To oil or not to oil: Most manufacturers use a variety of different pneumatic fastening tools, often choosing oil-less tools for those applications where concern over oil stains is paramount. Be certain that those who maintain the tools can identify the oil-less variety. Oiling an oil-less tool can cause premature wear of certain parts.

For those tools that do require oil, be sure to oil them once a day, or as required by usage, by placing three or four drops of oil in the air inlet port of the tool. (Use a 10-weight, non-detergent oil that will not damage the rubber parts such as the O-rings.)

* Drain the air compressor on a regular basis: This helps keep moisture sent to your tool and work surfaces to a minimum.

* Monitor the air pressure closely: Regulate the air pressure down to the minimum required to satisfy the application. Excessive pressure will only lead to premature wear and fastener overdrive.

* Follow the manufacturer's maintenance and safety guidelines: The maintenance and safety information that manufacturers provide with their tools is based on years of experience and research. To get the most out of your tool, follow those guidelines carefully.

Duane Shomler is the market manager for Senco Products Inc. of Cincinnati, Ohio
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Date:Nov 1, 1993
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