Top Ways to Maintain Pneumatic Piercing Tools

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Pneumatic piercing tools allow you to create compact holes for efficient underground utility installations. These convenient tools reduce the time you need to spend in the field because of improved accuracy and precision. In order to keep your tools in optimal condition, our team at Pow-R Mole Trenchless Solutions offers these top maintenance tips.

Clean and Lubricate the Mechanical Parts

Once you’ve finished a project with your pneumatic underground piercing tools, you’ll need to clean the feed system and the fitting. Pour an approved cleaning agent through the air hose to rid it of dust and groundwater. Use a can of pressurized air or an air hose to blow dirt, dust, and debris out of the tool. Add the correct amount of the proper lubricant based on the manufacturer’s specifications.

Check the Tool Midway Through Complex Projects

If your project takes more than 60 minutes, consider a brief pause for checking the Grundomat or Hudco pneumatic piercing tools. The O-ring may need additional oil after a long period of continuous work. The oil prevents moisture intrusion and swelling of the O-ring.

Store Tools Properly

Some manufacturers recommend storing pneumatic piercing tools in a vertical orientation, while others recommend a horizontal orientation. If the product came with a storage case, use it after cleaning and lubricating the tool. Avoid leaving tools in truck beds or in the field overnight or for long breaks. Exposure to the elements causes unnecessary stress and shortens the tool’s lifespan.

With proper maintenance, Hudco or Grundomat pneumatic piercing tools will last for many years. Spending just a few minutes after each project cleaning and maintaining the tools ensures safe, effective, and efficient operation and saves you money over the course of ownership. For more tips on proper maintenance, reach out to us at Pow-R Mole Trenchless Solutions!


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