The Working Mechanisms of Pneumatic Tools

pneumatic toolsPneumatics is the field that deals with applications or tools that use pressurised gases or air. Anything pneumatic such as systems, machines, and tools is far different from their hydraulic or electrical counterparts. While the driving force in electrical machines and systems is electricity while hydraulic systems use pressurised liquids, pneumatic tools use pressurised gasses or air.

The most well-known examples of pneumatic systems are valves, cylinders, and actuators while sanders, grinders, nail guns, and grippers are examples of pneumatic tools. These are widely used for most industrial and domestic applications. Tools that use pneumatics are extremely popular due to the safety and ease of use affiliated with them, compared to manual tools and valves.

The Basics of Pneumatics

Like basic science, stored air or gas has potential energy to convert to kinetic energy when compressed. Air or gas that is compressed always attempts to expand, forcing anything such as a piston to move with enormous kinetic energy force. This is the force behind the basics of pneumatic systems and tools.

The best and simplest example in the basics of pneumatics is the pneumatic cylinder. The simple mechanism of a cylinder is filled with gases or air such as carbon dioxide that is then attached to the cylinder or tool to perform its specific function.

Pneumatic Tools

With basic pneumatic tools, the most basic is based on the principle of the air gun, such as nail guns and screw guns, and even sanders and grinders. The pneumatic pressure helps with the primary function that is driven at tremendous speed. Work is done faster and therefore, time and money are saved.

Pneumatic cylinders, actuators, and grippers work with the same principle. These pneumatic systems are preferred due to their noise-free operation and eliminating the need for liquid storage, in the case of hydraulics. Any air-based pneumatic system or tool is clean and environment-friendly because no liquids will leak or seep out.

To enquire about pneumatic actuators, pneumatic grippers, and other pneumatic tools and units, visit Master Mac 2000 at their website,

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About The Author

Stuart Havill

Stuart Havill is the owner and manager of MasterMac2000, Queensland's largest privately owned pneumatic and process valve company.

With his early working career as a maintenance fitter for Boral in 1992, Stuart has spent his life in the field of pneumatics and process equipment. He gained extensive experience in plant design, maintenance, repairs, fabrication, and site management.

In 1996, he transitioned to a pneumatic sales technician role at MasterMac2000, where he excelled in key account management, providing cost-effective solutions, and managing a sales team of 9 employees.

Since 2002, Stuart has been the manager at MasterMac2000, overseeing the company's growth and establishing it as a leader in pneumatic automation and process valve engineering. His expertise spans customer training, CRM setup, industrial compressor sizing and installation, and turn-key project management.

Under Stuart's leadership, MasterMac2000 has been servicing the industry since 1988, with 5 full-time sales representatives covering northern rivers NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory, and PNG. The company prides itself on providing the best-priced solutions to all customers in the marketplace.

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