Improving productivity, enhancing operator well-being and delivering cost and environmental savings are key considerations for anyone tasked with specifying and selecting power tools for their shop. As a result, understanding all the contributing factors, comparing all the options and reaching a final purchase decision is often a long and complex process.
“Making the right tool choice is a major responsibility,” says Eva Marie, global brand communications manager for Chicago Pneumatic. “Selecting the best tool for your needs is not just a matter of capital outlay, it can have a major impact on efficiency, productivity and the health and safety of tool operators. We feel it is very important to offer free advice and support at every stage of the decision-making process so that customers can make the right choice for them.”
One recent example is a simple six-step guide, available online, to choosing hydraulic jacks. Amongst other things, the guide points out that the lifting capacity of an air hydraulic jack varies for each lifting step. For a 50-ton jack, for example, the lifting capacity can vary between 15 and 50 tons depending on the lifting height required. This information can be critical in selecting the best jack for the application.
Another safety-critical area is the correct selection and application of torque wrenches. This information will be helpful to those working in industrial maintenance and repair, general mechanics and tire changing operations where applying the correct amount of torque is key to ensuring the safety of customers.
Chicago Pneumatic’s seven things you should know about torque wrenches explains the basic principles of this type of tool and gives top tips for using and maintaining a torque wrench. For those specifically involved in the vehicle service industry, Why should you choose a torque wrench? provides further essential information about the difference between manual and pneumatic torque wrenches and how to select the best tool for light and heavy vehicle applications.
“A power tool purchase is a long-term commitment which can have far-reaching consequences. We want to provide support to our customers through every part of the power tool buying process by offering free, expert advice where and when it is required,” concludes Eva Marie.