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How To Maintain Your Impact Wrench
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How to Maintain Your Impact Wrench

How long does usually an impact wrench or other air tools last? Well, it all depends on how often and how well you are doing maintenance. An impact wrench with a proper maintenance would last for many years. On the other hand an impact wrench and other air tools with neglect of maintenance can’t even last a year. Let's see how to maintain your impact wrench and other air tools.

Water damage is the most common problem to all air tools. Because of condensation, water accumulates in the tank of air compressor. Draining the water from the tank regularly reduces the risk of water damage to air tools. But this is only a part of good impact wrench maintenance Moisture in the air which could damage your air tools exists everywhere. To deal with it, you need to lubricate air tools to shut out this moisture.

The motor of air tools are much like the cylinders of car’s engine. They have machine polished surfaces. Not only water but also dirt, rust or other contaminants could lower the performance and the life of tools. Pouring lubricating oil from an air inlet of your tool protects internal parts from these contaminants. This is the most important and effective way to maintain your impact wrench or other air tools.

How often should you lubricate the tools? Most air tool companies suggest that you should do it daily. But some people say that it’s twice a day, before you use the tool and after you use the tool. Lubricating after use helps to protect internal components from condensation which eventually cause rust. Before use, you can drive away old lubricant which may contain moisture by connecting an air hose and let the tool run a little, then pour fresh lubricants. It is a very small task. But it’s very important to keep your tools performing good jobs.

Lastly, if the tool has consumable parts and you think it is old and worn, just change even when it is not completely broken. For example, an impact wrench has a ring on an anvil which impact sockets attach to it. The more you use an impact wrench the more quickly this ring wears out. Worn rings can't hold sockets tightly. Looseness causes loss of torque and make an unwanted stress on the impact wrench. It also damages the anvil little by little. And it might let sockets fly then create another expensive repair, like changing a windshield. A small investment also keeps your tools performing good jobs and prolong the overall life of your tools. Maintain your impact wrench, replace worn-out parts, keep good health of your air tools will give you great benefit over time.


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