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Anyone use air tools in their hobby shop ?
 

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While I have some, It is rare that I use one of them.
 

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Anyone use air tools in their hobby shop ?
In order of most to least used (frequently to rarely):
Sandblaster, blow gun, impact wrench, mist cooling system, air brush, HVLP and conventional spray systems, brad nailer, nibbler punch, die grinder, angle polisher, cutoff tool, pneumatic saw, staple gun, nail gun
 
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I have a couple. I have sheet metal shears, a seamer/puncher, HVLP gun, HVLP touch up gun, impact wrench, die grinder, pneumatic saw, staple guns, nail guns, and a sandblasting gun. All get used regularly depending on what I am working on.
 

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I likes my air tools ............................................ :grin:
Me too. I use them all the time. I have not jumped on the battery operated tools band wagon just yet. If your a mechanic getting paid flat rate then battery tools may help.
 

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Air is a great power supply for all kinds of tools, I don't know what I would do without it. It allows many tools to be smaller and lighter than if they had electric motors and a good compressor with ample storage is actually the central component of almost all shops I'm aware of (machine and mechanical). I like my battery tools for convenience, and AC powered stuff for economy, but my 80 gal. two-stage compressor is worth every square foot it takes up in my small hobby shop.

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Every day. Impacts, blast cabinet, die grinders, blow guns to chase the chipmunks out of the shop, etc., etc.. Mike
 

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I worked in automotive so when I hear air tools I automatically think of automotive air tools. The only air tools I still use are die grinders & cut off tools. Sadly none of my impacts & air ratchets get used anymore. They have all been replaced by Milwaukee cordless tools. I need to do some more work on my truck today, maybe I'll use the old IR impacts for old time sake..... nah. :big grin:

I still (well never) can't live without air though. Blow gun gets used almost daily.
 

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Yes, all the above, couldn't live without them, have one battery tool seldom use it.
 

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Anyone use air tools in their hobby shop ?
Once I piped the air outlets to 4 different stations, installed quick release and got a powerful quiet compressor(I leave it on when in shop) I found I use it all the time.
 

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Not so much in the Hobby Metal Shop But in the Garage sure:
3/8" Air Ratchet
1/2" Impact Gun
3/8" Air Drill
Light Duty Sand Blast unit

but these are all leftovers from my stint as a mechanic.
i wouldn't bother to buy them but since I have them - Love them
 

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It comes in useful if you have it setup and ready to use. I changed to air over hydraulic for my bender and press since it is easier to control
 

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Yup, quite a bit. Powdercoat gun, blow gun, 3" cutoff, my home brew pneumatic former, used my 1/2" Chicago impact for the first first time in along time to rotate the tires on my wife's car Saturday. Everything else is wired as I hate dead batteries. But the old Devilbis compressor is used almost every time I'm in the shop for something.
 

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I have many air tools... I find the electric version of most all air tools more convenient.

If I need to change a tire at the house instead of the shop an electric impact is much more convenient! Some air tools do not have an electric equivalent... Sprayer, blow gun, tire chuck... Well those are the three I can think of off the top of my head. Sometimes an air tool is smaller and more convenient like the small reciprocating saw, and air file or a small impact wrench for a tight space.

But for the most part I prefer to go electric over pneumatic.
 

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I use a few air tools but depends on what Im working on. I have air ratchets, hvlp spray gun, die grinders, long body filler sander, large media blast cabinet, media blasting pot, bred nailer, staple gun, and an occasional flat tire.
I cannot be without an air compressor.
 

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Not bred nailer, brad nailer.
 

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Blow gun, daily. 1/2" & 3/8" impacts & air ratchet, regularly. Die grinder occasionally. Gotta have a/c so may as well keep my air tools.
I haven't been able to convince myself to buy the battery tools yet. Good ones aren't cheap. (But I am).

Chuck
 

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I lost all my air tools when IRMA flooded my shop in 2017. Slowly, very slowly replacing them.
 

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I am a retired marine diesel mechanic I use lots of air tools,portable electric powered and anything that will help me with my projects
 

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The problem with battery powered tools is that eventually the battery will need to be charged, If you do not use the tool often enough the battery will die of boredom due to non use and no longer take a charge. Those batteries are very expensive to replace. Some of the tools are almost like razors, they almost give you the tool for free, and get you on the replacement batteries.

The problem with corded electric is that it usually does not take long for them to get hot if you are working them hard, and then you have to stop to let them cool.

Air tools are like the energizer bunny, they just keep going and going and going, They always run nice and cool, and they do not care if they get used once a year or even less.

Yes I like my air tools.
 

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I think it's unanimous , keep the air tools . :grin:
 

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Sand blast cabinet, air guns and mister used often. With the power of 20v max. the rest of my air tools don't get used often. Air hose and electric cords was an ease habit to break. :barbershop:
 

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a good large air compressor(60-80 gal) is my most used shop unit---blow gun for easy cleaning---Die grinders--finger belt sanders--air drills--angle grinders--air chisels--air ratchets---air motors---air cylinders--and mini-pencil die grinders---air saws-- along with all other convenient air tools are all used daily---nothing more useless than battery tools with weak or dead batteries---the more you use air tools the more you like them---Dave
 

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A difficult question to answer. Perhaps if you would think of my "machine shop" as just another tool, things would fall into perspective better.

There are a number of places that nothing but air tools would do the job. I have heard that there is now available a battery powered nailer, but my air nailers have been around so long that the triggers and seals have been replaced several times. For hobby work, none of my stuff is for professional use. Filling tires, a blow gun, model painting(air brush), some 12 inch to the foot scale painting with a spray gun, some brush, a lot of spray cans. Sand blasting, I could go on all night.

There are some things that I have air tools because they were the first item of the sort I could afford at the time. A sheet metal nibbler, for example. So seldom used, I can't justify acquiring an electrical version now. Heavy sheet, industrial weight roofing panels and the like. A small (1/4" drive) butterfly ratchet for driving roofing screws, with a shop made adapter of course. An electric driver heavy enough to drive the roofing screws would be pretty heavy and difficult to handle on the roof.

Then there are the tools like the air powered hacksaw. It is light, I'll give it that. Only used a couple of times in the last 30 odd years. More of a toy than anything useful. But it did the job it was intended for. Been taking up space in the tool box since. A SawzAll works much better. But I never let go of tools once they are acquired. Might need it again, one day. Or I might go to meet my maker tonight. Ya never know.

There are a few impact wrenches, but for the most part, I prefer to use end wrenches. Feels like I'm doing something useful. And such tools could be carried on my pouch when I was working at the mill. Old habits do die hard.

Then there are the tools that I have both air and electric versions of. Whatever works best in the circumstances, at the time. If I didn't need the lathe and the milling machine and the shaper for something, none of them would have been acquired. But I needed each one for something. And as the most appropriate tool for the job, none will be disposed of. Until I need a better or larger version for something.

Does that answer the question? I don't know, but its' how I see it.

Bill Hudson​
 

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A difficult question to answer. Perhaps if you would think of my "machine shop" as just another tool, things would fall into perspective better.

There are a number of places that nothing but air tools would do the job. I have heard that there is now available a battery powered nailer, but my air nailers have been around so long that the triggers and seals have been replaced several times. For hobby work, none of my stuff is for professional use. Filling tires, a blow gun, model painting(air brush), some 12 inch to the foot scale painting with a spray gun, some brush, a lot of spray cans. Sand blasting, I could go on all night.

There are some things that I have air tools because they were the first item of the sort I could afford at the time. A sheet metal nibbler, for example. So seldom used, I can't justify acquiring an electrical version now. Heavy sheet, industrial weight roofing panels and the like. A small (1/4" drive) butterfly ratchet for driving roofing screws, with a shop made adapter of course. An electric driver heavy enough to drive the roofing screws would be pretty heavy and difficult to handle on the roof.

Then there are the tools like the air powered hacksaw. It is light, I'll give it that. Only used a couple of times in the last 30 odd years. More of a toy than anything useful. But it did the job it was intended for. Been taking up space in the tool box since. A SawzAll works much better. But I never let go of tools once they are acquired. Might need it again, one day. Or I might go to meet my maker tonight. Ya never know.

There are a few impact wrenches, but for the most part, I prefer to use end wrenches. Feels like I'm doing something useful. And such tools could be carried on my pouch when I was working at the mill. Old habits do die hard.

Then there are the tools that I have both air and electric versions of. Whatever works best in the circumstances, at the time. If I didn't need the lathe and the milling machine and the shaper for something, none of them would have been acquired. But I needed each one for something. And as the most appropriate tool for the job, none will be disposed of. Until I need a better or larger version for something.

Does that answer the question? I don't know, but its' how I see it.

Bill Hudson​
What he said...

7.5 hp compressor and some tools it has hard time keeping up with.

Have picked up some lithium impacts of good brands and they are now first used for small tasks but real work air is king.

A 1/2 drill motor is size of TP roll and stops for little.

Cheap harbor freight die grinders are just okay but we have a couple commercial ones that use most of what the commercial 7.5 hp compressor can output and they stop for NOTHING...remove lots of metal with good cutter in small time.

Need gloves as tool gets cold from air flow...

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When you need one an air tool is indispensable.

One example: The right angle air ratchet is just the thing for installing / removing nuts and bolts where there's barely enough room to swing a hand ratchet. It's a choice between the slooow click-click-click with a hand ratchet or the BZZZZzzzzzz of the air tool.

And for cleaning up welding spatter when you forget the Pam an air operated needle scaler is just the ticket.

And as mentioned above, there's no electrical substitute for a blow gun.

Stu
 

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Right you are Stu. And I use mine all the time and one of the handiest things I got was an inline air nozzle. Never have to go get my air nozzle and plug it in, its aready there!
 

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