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Pneumatic Drilling 101

In this article, we’ll explore the major advantages of using an Atlas Copco pneumatic drill for your manufacturing processes, along with taking a look at some of the many options offered by Atlas Copco.

There’s no use in denying that in this day and age of Industry 4.0, many would consider wireless tools to be the preferred choice for a wide variety of applications. And while Atlas Copco, too, is following this wireless tool trend, we also know that pneumatic tools, especially pneumatic drills, maintain a very necessary spot in manufacturing for a multitude of reasons. 

The Basics:

Pneumatic tools (also known as air tools) are, of course, tools that are powered by compressed air. They come in multiple different tooling options (grinders, riveting guns, impact wrenches, etc.), but in this article, we’re focusing on pneumatic drills. Some of the biggest advantages of using a pneumatic drill lie in their impressive power, ergonomics and safety, and versatility. 

The Advantages:

Their strength

Pneumatic drills are known for their strength and durability. For applications that involve drilling through difficult materials, a pneumatic drill is likely your answer. These tools are able to deliver a tremendous amount of torque, and this power can be adjusted through a connected compressor. Unlike electric drills, pneumatic drills are completely unaffected by overloading the motor.

As a result, pneumatic drills cannot be damaged by unintentionally providing too much air pressure to the tool. Further, pneumatic drills do not overheat the way electric drills do. These drills actually begin to get cooler the more you use them.

LBV16 angle drill with MultiFlex swivel connector

Their ergonomics

Pneumatic drills are lighter and more comfortable for operators to handle than their electric counterparts. This is due to the tool not requiring an electric motor or a battery attached to the base of the drill. Operators can work for much longer periods of time without becoming fatigued or risking injury during use. 

Additionally, since these drills don’t rely on electricity for power, the safety hazards that come with using an electric tool (such as electric shocks, fires, etc.) are virtually nonexistent.

Their versatility

For the reasons we’ve described above, pneumatic drills are a preferred tooling option for a huge variety of applications. This versatility is unmatched, and their technology is straightforward and simple to understand. Because you can adjust power output through the compressor, and because the drills can be used in hazardous environments (such as in wet conditions or around flammable materials), these tools are quite common in the automotive and aerospace industries, among many, many others. 

Application image of LBV16 used by operator on air craft

Atlas Copco's Pneumatic Drills

Here at Atlas Copco, we have a large number of pneumatic drills that do more than just provide the major advantages described above. You can choose from a wide range of inline, pistol, angle, or modular drilling options that will satisfy virtually any application. Atlas Copco’s pneumatic drills are unique. 

First, not a single one of our pneumatic drills require lubrication. They feature Teflon-coated vanes designed to lengthen the life of the tool without the need for lubrication. Of course, should you prefer to use lubrication for your pneumatic drills, this is still an option that will actually allow the drill to work even better and last even longer between service intervals.

Are you interested in learning more about the benefits of pneumatic tools, or more specifically, of pneumatic drills? Contact us and schedule a demo today!