For labelling or security purposes, you can make stamps, letters, numbers or other markings on an engine, a computer, your lawnmower and other metal items. These marks include letters and numbers that identify the machine as to where they were manufactured or who owns them. Manufacturers also mark symbols or logos to represent their company's brand on metal items. While you can use a metal chisel and hammer to mark metal, powered hand-held marking tools are much more efficient.
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Metal Stamp Tool
A metal stamp tool is a hand-held air-powered pneumatic marking tool used primarily for the recertification of DOT cylinders. This tool makes the job of inspecting these machines much quicker and easier. The metal stamp tool has a low volume of air pressure, somewhere between 20 and 60 psi (pounds-per-square-inch), and features interchangeable stamp faces, which the operator inserts into its head, similar to interchangeable drill bits on drills. After you insert the proper stamp, a letter, number or symbol, for example, hold the stamp tool firmly, press the stamp up against the metal and pull the trigger. The stamp tool delivers a series of hammer blows that effectively leave the mark on the metal.
Air-Powered Marking Tool
Air-powered marking tools deliver up to 80 psi of force on a metal stamp that drives it into the piece of metal. This marker is also a pneumatic-powered device, and because of its long cylindrical shape, the operator must align it against the metal at an exact 90-degree angle for the stamp to properly imprint the metal surface. Using the knob that is available on most air-powered marking tools, you can adjust the air pressure and cause the air pressure to mark deeper or lighter. Add lubrication to these air-powered marking tools; one drop is recommended for every 30 to 50 cycles.
Most metal-marking hammers deliver more air power than the typical hand-held marking tool, by marking with a force of up to 90 psi. These cylindrical marking tools are used for repetitive hammering jobs, part number stamping, inspection marking, assembly work, riveting and staking, according to the Argon Tool and Manufacturing company. You can purchase two rod-end styles for this tool that make it capable of holding a wider variety of stamps than most powered hand-held marking tools. This capability means that you can use stamps that range between 1/4-inch and 1/16-inch with this metal-marking tool.
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