What is an Air Hammer

An air hammer is a hammer that uses pressurized air to drive or move the hammerhead back and forth. It is a construction tool that is used to ease the workload of craftsmen. It takes the place of a chisel and hammer.

There are many benefits to using an air hammer. By using this tool, the amount of effort it takes to hammer, shape or manipulate an item is greatly reduced. Instead of having to incessantly pound heavily on a surface, a craftsman only has hold the device steady over the area he wants to manipulate and the air hammer will do the hammering for him. Also, the need to heat the metal over tremendous temperatures is removed because now a metal can be scored using the high pressure of the air hammer instead. It is used to hammer, shape, score, cut or smoothen a surface or material. Using this tool cuts down on the amount of energy it takes to do manipulate the metal surface, lowers the risk of injury and hastens the time it takes to complete a project.

This device can be hand held or as large as a few feet wide, and it is connected to an air pressure device or air tank with a tube or hose. This tool can cost under $50 to as much as $20,000, depending on the size and features. However, price shouldn’t be the only consideration in purchasing the tool.

There are different types of attachments that can be purchased with the air hammer. There are various hammer tips and chisel tips for shaping, smoothing, scoring and cutting. Depending on the type of work to be done, the attachment heads are interchangeable, much like there are different drill bits used with a hand drill, depending on the size of the hole needed and surface that is being worked on.

Also, some air hammers use pressured air from an air tank. There are some devices that use butane, propane or other flammable gases. There are different operating pressures available as well. You must check the air consumption as well as the corresponding air inlet sizes. Check also for the availability of replacement parts, such as the hose.

When purchasing an air hammer, you must first consider what you will use it for. A small hand held one should be enough for general purpose work. However, for industrial use such as in a welder’s plant or blacksmith’s shop, bigger air hammer machines are used. When purchasing a hand held type, hold the tool and check the heaviness of the equipment and the ease of comfort in holding the device. You should be able to have a strong secure grip on the handle.

Take note of the blows per minute capacity of the tool. Be sure to hold the device steady since it gives off tremendous amounts of pressure per inch per second. Wear safety goggles and gloves, and unplug the air hammer before changing tips. Be mindful of the position and direction of the device to avoid any injury.


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