What is an Air Hammer?

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What is an Air Hammer?

Air hammers have been around for many years, and have since evolved into what they are today. There are many uses for air hammers, such as making holes and cutting through surfaces. Are you new to the world of air hammers and tools in general? Here are some things to know about air hammers if you are considering buying or renting one for your next project:

The Piston

The one part of the air hammer that actually moves is called the piston. It’s found inside a cylinder, which runs very rapidly from the compressor’s air pressure. The piston moves up and down and the valve open to make the air penetrate the cylinder. Since it’s at such a high speed, the air hits the top of the piston, and then it goes all over the inner area, and it forces to go underneath. This becomes a cycle and happens a thousand times per minute.


By utilizing air compression, the air hammer does its job. The compression air is the primary source of power that makes it work. Air compressors are a big tank that is connected to a motor. The engine creates pressurized air in the tank until it is full. The random movements of the air help the hammer to work. The compressor’s size differ depending on the air hammer’s size. Small air hammers need that size compressor at the same time; more massive air hammers need bigger compressors. 


There are various reasons to use an air hammer, but it is perfect for when you are nailing. You’ll see there are numerous types of drill bits when you use the air hammer. Different kinds of bits are used for various projects. When drilling in a surface area you’ll use a more powerful drill bit. Different bits can be obtained to cut metal, steel, and and others for decoration purposes. An air hammer can also be used to remove mortar or to remove rivets. 

Contact Us

Tri-Rent-All can help you with choosing the right equipment rentals in New Hampshire. Both our Hampton and Portsmouth locations carry air hammer options for daily or 4-hour rentals. Contact us or visit in-store to see our options and learn more about using them from our professionals. Give us a call at either (603) 926-2211 or (603) 431 – 1109 or fill out our contact form to get in touch with our team!

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