Are Air Tools Overkill?

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twinflight

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 13, 2017
263
Minnesota, United States
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We're talking die and angle grinders and an aluminum polishing kit with multiple buffing wheels. It looks like a 25-30 gallon air compressor is the minimum to run these. I had great luck using a corded orbital buffer on my truck so I thought using lightweight air tools to buff fenders would speed up the process. I would much rather use hand tools than a permanent bench-mounted buffing wheel.
 

mantaray

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jan 13, 2018
81
South Coast Massachusetts, United States
If you have the space and $ to convert your shop then go with pneumatic. Makes life so much easier and you can do so much more like painting & dual action tools. I’d recommend a two stage compressor to ensure you don’t lose power with continuous use
 

mantaray

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jan 13, 2018
81
South Coast Massachusetts, United States
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My home one is smaller but we have a few of these at work. They’re great. I’m hoping if we upgrade to buy one from the company
 

obliquepen

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jun 28, 2015
28
Torrance, United States
Air tools seem almost old fashioned today with all the electric battery operated tools being offered now. Air tools get my vote and high quality ones will last a lifetime and longer properly lubed. Here is a few from my extensive collection of vintage air tools.
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catfish

Riding an Alexander Rocket Bike
Sep 25, 2006
23,659
Boston, Massachusetts
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Air tools seem almost old fashioned today with all the electric battery operated tools being offered now. Air tools get my vote and high quality ones will last a lifetime and longer properly lubed. Here is a few from my extensive collection of vintage air tools.
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Nice tools!
 
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twinflight

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 13, 2017
263
Minnesota, United States
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Really I’m going for the largest portable electric that’s runs on oil and plugs into a 110 volt socket.


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Barto

I live for the CABE
Mar 13, 2015
1,774
Somers, United States
I had a new 80 Gal stand up compressor...I liked it but this guy owed me $$ (for ever) so when he offered it to me as partial payment I jumped on it. I returned mine (only had I a week) and picked up this one. I like how vintage it looks but would rather the stand up so as to conserve room in my shop. This one is a 1931 60 Gal 5 HP Manley manufactured in Bridgeport CT. Just mounted a new switch and replaced the sight glass but I need to replace the gasket from the crank access cover - slow dribble.. Sounds much better then the new one.... I have quite a bit of air tools but broke down and bought a battery powered Impact driver and screw gun just to have both options...I would also like an ol' school electric impact driver...found one but it was toast. As stated earlier, gives you lots of options
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bikejunk

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Nov 1, 2014
721
57
passaic NJ
air tools spin at a incredibly faster rate than electric -really useful for polishing but more maintenance and noise --I like to listen to the radio when I work
 
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RustySprockets

Look Ma, No Hands!
Aug 15, 2013
64
Glen Burnie, United States
I don't think they're overkill...and if you're into finishing, here's something to consider--they don't fear water the way electric tools do. Go ahead and wet sand to your heart's content.
 
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vincev

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 2, 2008
13,283
crown point<indiana
air tools and small compressor are no good.If you cant get a big enough compressor then dont waste the money
 

Barto

I live for the CABE
Mar 13, 2015
1,774
Somers, United States
I don't have a ton but I have what I need. I also have some body tools...don't use them much since their stored elsewhere. No matter...love my tools.

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