How to Use an Air Hammer

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How to Use an Air Hammer

No craftsman’s arsenal of tools is complete without an air hammer. Air pressure drives this tool repeatedly like a drumstick on a drum. If you need to use chisels or hammers more efficiently, then the air hammer is the right tool. Some air hammers can fit in the palm of your hand, while others are five-feet tall! These handy tools can efficiently trim down the duration of tasks, from hours to minutes.

Required Materials

  • Air hammer bits
  • Safety glasses
  • Ear plugs

Required Tools

  • Air hammer


Shopping for Air Hammers

When purchasing an air hammer, think about the particular features you want. Consider how many blows-per-minute the air hammer produces. In addition, learn about the air hammer’s air consumption and research the size of the air inlet. Another important factor is the hammer or chisel tips that are included. The tool’s recommended hose size is another important characteristic. Finally, discover the weight and product code of the air hammer. Using online instructions, it is even possible to construct your own air hammer!

Air Hammer Jobs

Air hammers are ideal for some specific jobs of craftsmen. Since they do not require your hand to hold the nail stationary, they are safer than conventional hammers. In addition, since air hammers do not involve swinging, they are perfect for projects that require a great deal of nailing, such as installing drywall. This will help you save energy and complete your task more efficiently.


The tip used will be driven into the target object thousands of times per minute. Various tips can be used with air hammers for shaping and plenishing. A chisel tip is used for scoring and cutting.


Various bits can be used for air hammers as well. A nibbler-like bit is ideal for cutting steel. A bit with teeth on the tip can even cut through a steel muffler. Round-tipped bits can drill holes or create ornamental pit results on steel, or can be utilized for demolition. A flat spade masonry bit could be selected to take out mortar. Finally, a bit with a middle divot that lines-up alongside the rivet can be used to remove rivets.

Under Pressure

The level of pressure used is based on the type of plenishing job to be done. Materials such as copper or aluminum require a low pound-per-square-inch (psi) level because it is easy to form or buff them. On the other hand, materials such as stainless steel need the air hammer’s highest psi levels.

Safety First

Always keep in mind that air hammers are extremely powerful tools. Thus, particular safety precautions should be taken when using them. Be certain to wear safety equipment such as safety glasses and earplugs. Also, when changing the air hammer’s bits, always be sure to unplug the air hammer first. Finally when using an air hammer, always be aware of the position of the tool and work piece. The tremendous force that the air hammer exerts can cause the tool or work piece to jump powerfully. This movement could easily cause injury to the operator.