What is a pneumatic drill and what is it used for?


pneumatic drill

An example of a jackhammer, which is similar to a pneumatic drill in some ways. A major difference is that pneumatic drills allow the user to drill holes without breaking up large pieces around the hole.

Pneumatic Drills, a type of percussive equipment that runs on compressed air could also be classified as a large mechanical drill. These pneumatic drills are typically used to drill small diameter holes in hard rock in mining and construction. Another name for the tool is simply an “air-drill.”

The air that powers the pneumatic drill is delivered to the drill via an air compressor, which is typically run on a diesel engine.  The drill intakes the air via a thick tube that is manufactured to handle high air pressure levels.

There are several advantages to using pneumatic drills, including weighing less than an electric drill.  Pneumatic drills can also increase productivity, cost less to operate, cost less to maintain and provide more of an ergonomic design.

Mid-Western Drill advises that crew managers only allow strong workers to handle pneumatic drills because of their size and power.  The engine that powers the drill can be loud, especially combined with the sound of the hard surface.  Ear production is a must when operating a pneumatic drill.

For more information on the highest quality pneumatic drills available on the market, please contact Mid-Western Drill at 1.800.693.7455.