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Three drivers making cordless tools as powerful as air tools

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 09:00
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Pneumatic or cordless? In the past, when auto technicians needed max power, they would turn to a pneumatic tool to get the job done. Cordless tools are now as powerful as air tools thanks to advancements in technology like smaller, cost-effective brushless motors and battery capacity.

Ingersoll Rand designs cordless tools based on our successful 100-year history of making air tools. In fact, in the 1930s, we invented and introduced the ball and cam mechanism, which is used in many cordless tools. Also, Ingersoll Rand engineers perfected the twin hammer mechanism used in our best-in-class air tools.

Manufacturers are developing cordless tools that are smaller than ever, so technicians have better access in tight spaces.

Brushless motors in cordless impact wrenches last well into the life of the tool.

Now, cordless tools offer similar power, features and familiarity as Ingersoll Rand air tools. There are three drivers that are advancing cordless tools:

1. Impact mechanism: Vehicle service technicians need tools that are powerful. The Ingersoll Rand W7152 1/2" Impact Wrench delivers as much torque as the air tool in the same category.  Ingersoll Rand has optimized the cordless tool impact mechanism to deliver the most power in a small package just as we did with the pneumatic impact mechanism. 

2. Accessibility: Technology is making cordless tools more powerful, and that power now comes in smaller packages. For example, the W7152 is only 8.1" long from tip to tail. It’s one of the shorter 1/2" impact wrenches on the market today, allowing more access to tight spaces. Its 360-degree shadowless task light provides better visibility in hard-to-reach spaces.

The 360-degree shadowless task light on the Ingersoll Rand W7152 provides better visibility in hard-to-reach spaces.

Technicians and operators can use the Ingersoll Rand W7152 to quickly loosen and tighten a variety of fasteners with four accurate power and control settings.

3. Reliability: A reliable tool doesn’t need a lot of upkeep. The brushless motors used in our cordless tools are reliable because the motors transfer energy efficiently, deliver accurate torque and last longer than brushed motors. With brushless motors, technicians can rely on their tools to perform from day one well into the life of the tool. Technicians can complete more jobs, more quickly, with reliable tools that benefit the technician and the shop.

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