Different Types of Pneumatic Power Tools

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Pneumatic Power Tools

Pneumatic tools are powered by compressed air. They pack a punch that can be very dangerous if the tool misfires or the user isn’t properly trained. Although a homeowner may never use some of the different types of pneumatic power tools, those purchasing new construction homes or building additions may find them very useful.


Wood paneling, trim, and other details add elegance to new homes. If every piece of paneling or trim had to be sanded by hand, however, the job would take far too long to complete. Manual sanding also results in uneven surfaces. Pneumatic orbital sanders solve that problem. Their circular motion prevents uni-directional marks on wood surfaces. They also save workers from arm and wrist strain.


A pneumatically powered drill provides power and precision. These tools can penetrate thick wood and even metal. They work faster and longer than electric or battery-powered drills. They can bore more holes in less time without overheating than other tools.

Nail Guns

Nail guns—which are probably the most familiar type of pneumatic tool—come in different sizes and fire different kinds of fasteners, depending on the job. Most recognizable for framing walls, pneumatic nail guns fasten flooring, assemble and hang cabinets, help install windows and doors, and attach plywood sheathing and roofing. Other nail guns use small, headless nails called brads to attach trim and molding. Pneumatic staplers and nail guns are made for upholstery and picture framing as well.


Most commonly associated with road construction, jackhammers or air hammers show up in home construction to bust up old concrete, cut up metal, and carve stone. A combination hammer and chisel, air hammers might turn up in home construction where old materials must be removed or where decorative stone elements require shaping.

Paint Sprayers

Painting an entire house by hand is tedious work. Pneumatic paint sprayers aerosolize paint and provide even coverage much more quickly than rollers or brushes.

Auto and machine shops may use different types of pneumatic tools like socket wrenches, grease guns, metal grinders, and riveters not often found in home construction. Needle scalers remove rust, soot, and even barnacles, and pneumatic speed saws minimize the time it takes to cut and trim boards and planks.

Pneumatic tools can be dangerous. Make sure anyone working on your home commits to never leaving their tools unattended and detaches them from air compressors and hoses when not in use.

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