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Safety Rules When Using Pneumatic Spring Compressors

by Digital Mayne Media

Govoni pneumatic spring compressor is one of the safest coil spring compressors currently on the market.

The first safety rule of coil spring repair or replacement is to actually use a good quality coil spring compressor.

A compressed coil spring is very dangerous. The energy in a compressed spring is tremendous and the coils are heavy and very strong. When they are under extreme compression pressure, they can move suddenly, unexpectedly or even break when the pressure is changed causing them to explode at high speed in all directions. There is always the chance of parts being literally shot out at you at very high speeds, which can cause serious injuries and even death, not only to the technician, but any other people who might be standing in the area.

The Govoni pneumatic spring compressor is one of the safest coil spring compressors on the market with numerous built in safety features that enables the technician to compress or release the spring quickly with precision and control.

It’s 2.5 ton capacity it is ideal for 4WDs, SUVs and light commercial vehicles and being built in Italy, the European quality of this product is visibly evident not only in its design but also in the quality of the materials and finishes. The workstation is approved compliant 2006/42/CE (Machine Directive).

KEY SAFETY FEATURES
The pneumatic foot control allows for smooth, even adjustments in millimetre increments. The foot pedal only works when the safety cage is closed and locked, it also has a safety cover. This spring compressor has a safety locking valve system preventing the workstation from working unless the safety cage is closed and locked.

The cage is made from heavy duty quality steal with a steel spring loaded locking bolt. The lower clamp vice or brackets and upper jaws that lock onto the spring ensure the spring remains securely within the cage under all circumstances.

AUTO LEVELLING SYSTEM
The Govoni pneumatic spring compressor allows the technician to evenly distribute force on the spring. This in combination with the auto levelling upper arms allows the safe compression and release of misaligned, conical, side-loaded and extra heavy duty springs.

The automatic upper jaw arms pivot to compensate and hold all types of coil springs including left hand coils.

BRACKET SYSTEMS
The brackets, vice clamp and upper arm jaws are interchangeable to suit different spring configurations. The front and lateral mounting points have been set up to allow for quick change of brackets or vice clamp with double depth positioning points to increase the range and length of absorbers it will accommodate.

Included Brackets

  • Heavy duty vice jaw clamp fitting absorber tubes 40 mm up to 60 mm
  • Three lower brackets also included range from 78 mm up to 205 mm
  • Two sets of upper arm locking jaws suiting most 4WDs, SUVs and light commercial vehicles found in Australia.

Pneumatic cylinder with safety locking valves

  • Fitted with Extra Heavy Duty Pneumatic Cylinder Compression force (at 10 bar) = 2452 kg
  • 330mm stroke of the cylinder can be used on extra-long shock absorbers (e.g. commercials)
  • The drive valve can only function when the Spring Compressor is connected to the compressed air system. Maximum working pressure: 10 bar (150 psi)
  • The pneumatic cylinder is a quality coated alloy – protecting it against corrosion or oxidation

The second rule to using coil spring compressors safely is to make sure the coil spring compressor you are using actually fits the springs you will be working with. Additionally, keep a compressed coil spring as far from your body as you can. Don’t let the coil spring compressor just sit there for hours in a compressed state. You should compress springs only as much as needed for the job to be done, which could be simply replacing the strut. There’s no need to compress any further than is absolutely needed. All that does is make the situation even more dangerous.

Carefully and evenly distribute force at each side while watching out for slipping or other potential problems before they become a real problem. Of course, be sure each side of the coil spring compressor is exactly opposite to each other on the coil spring at all times.

Finally, and this is a bit of common sense. Don’t try to compress a spring and then hold it down with anything but a proper coil spring compressor. That means, don’t use zip ties, worm clamps or any other thing to hold the spring compressed. This is asking for trouble and very dangerous.

For more information visit www.specialisttools.com.au, call (02) 6280 4334 or get in touch with their team via email – [email protected]

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