Kylle Ayer

Widder Tools Publishes New Article Comparing Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems


Hamden, CT -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/20/2013 -- Widder Tools by Connecticut-based industrial manufacturer High Precision Inc. is a line of high-performance tools for pipe cutting and other applications. The tools are made to deliver power and reliable performance in heavy industrial settings and harsh environments, such as oil refineries and chemical factories.

Most Widder brand tools are pneumatic, but the line also includes a number of portable hydraulic hacksaws and other tools. While pneumatic and hydraulic power tools use the same general principle for power transmission, there are many important differences that may make one type of power more or less suitable for any given task than another.

For this reason, the manufacturer has recently released an informational article on the online article directory EzineArticles that aims to introduce some of the differences between hydraulic and pneumatic power transmission, and list some of their strengths and weaknesses.

The article begins by introducing the general operating principles of both types of system, in a short explanation of fluid power transmission and the ways that it's preferable to a rigid system. For example, a fluid medium of liquid or gas allows for much greater flexibility when it comes to device engineering and configuration; the shock absorbing qualities of such a medium also reduce failure rates due to stress fractures and metal fatigue. Of course, there are disadvantages as well - liquid or gas are much less efficient at transmitting torque, which is why automobile drive trains, for example, use rigid metal joints and shafts to transmit rotation of the engine to the wheels.

The article compares various features of air- and fluid-powered tools, such as their different properties when it comes to heat transfer and dissipation; the impact that compressibility of the medium has on the tool's performance; issues of lubrication and filtering; differences in operating pressure and more.

The fact that hydraulics are closed systems and the vast majority of pneumatic tools aren't also has an impact on their use - hydraulics have seen a great deal of use in underwater applications such as pipeline maintenance tools, since they neither require air intake nor produce exhaust.

To read more about this fascinating topic, click through to the original article; and if your company or industrial facility is looking for the best cutting tools for pipe and other maintenance, come to Widder Tools and place an order today!

Contact information:

Kylle Ayer
Widder Tools, 375 Morse Street, Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (203) 777-5395
Fax: (203) 773-1976