Tough tools for tough conditions!
Panasonic TOUGH IP tools have an IP56 rating that proves Panasonic's "toughness" claims. This rating means the tools have withstood demanding laboratory tests of working in extremely dusty work environments and the effects of water getting sprayed on the tool by powerful jets. In the field, it assures professional tradesmen have tools that can stand up to the rigors of hard jobsite use. The IP rating is established by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and is outlined in IEC 60529. The standard outlines a coding system that indicates the degree of protection an electrical machine's enclosure offers internal components. Based on objective testing, it assigns a rating to the enclosure's ability to keep potentially damaging solid foreign objects (dust and contaminants) and water out of the tool under increasingly difficult conditions.
The dust protection test subjects the tool to a very dusty environment and then puts it to work to assure the tool was unaffected by dust exposure. In the grueling test, the tools proved that they achieved a dust protection level of five out of six levels; the sixth level is for dust-tight tools. It is a good indication that the tool design keeps potentially harmful contaminants out, assuring long life and top performance that professionals demand. Similarly, the water protection test put the tools up against increasing levels of water exposure. They attained a six out of eight levels rating, withstanding the effects of powerful water jets.
Whether it's extremely dust work conditions or work in damp or wet locations, users will appreciate a tool that will keep working when others would likely fail. Consult the safety and operating instructions for more information.
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