Air Tool Maintenance

The largest issue with air tool failure is improper lubrication.  It extends tools life with only a few drops of oil (0406) that goes directly into the whip hose or air inlet.  Simply run the tool for a few seconds after a few times a day and you’ll be good!  Check out our how to video.

Oil Daily 

Air tool conditioner

Calcium build up can occur as water evaporates in tools. Air Tool Conditioner (16ATC) returns a tool to normal speed and power by breaking the surface tension of minerals in the tool. Once per week is standard unless the tool is used frequently.

Use Conditioner

Protective covers can reduce wear/damage caused by abuse or dropping of air tools.  When a tool is dirty it can decrease power and the life of a tool.

Keep Tools Clean

Compressor Air piping

Air tools typically need between 90-100 PSI at the tool, but check manufacturer guidelines. You can hear leaks near the tool that create a loss of power.  It is important to check pressure at the tool to identify full efficiency.


Air Dryer

Moisture is condensed in air under pressure in the air lines and at the bottom of the tank. A compressor can make nearly 18 gallons of water vapor a day under average conditions of 75 degrees with 75% humidity. Your tools will experience loss of power, early failure, and potentially seize up with rust down the line as water moves through your system.

Drain Tank/Filters

Beat up impact tools and sockets significantly reduce the life of tools. Sockets won’t fit correctly if the beveled portion of the tip of the shank is worn. A loose or improper fit rounds the socket’s opening and once the socket is rounded it will wear the bevel quickly on the shank of a new tool similarly. Best practice is to purchase new sockets with a new wrench.

Warning Signs of Wear

Compressor filters

Depending on your situation some equipment only needs a filter/regulator, use your manual for more information. This increases efficiency of your air tools and extends performance life.

Install Filters