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Old 04-27-2010, 08:42 PM   #1
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Air Powered Tool Recommendations

Hey guys, I do a fair amount of car work so Im looking in getting an air compressor and an impact gun to make jobs a little quicker and easier.

Any recommendations as to what brands and specifications to look for... and what to avoid would be great. Thanks
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Old 04-27-2010, 09:01 PM   #2
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Ingersoll Rand makes some nice air tools, I have their impact gun, 3/8 and 1/4 ratchets, and a 3/8 palm butterfly. Chicago Pneumatics is pretty good too, I use one of their air drills also.
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Old 04-27-2010, 09:07 PM   #3
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IR is a great brand! snap on has a 2 year warranty on their air tools.

ive been using snap on. I have a dewalt electric one too, i like that thing a lot.
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Old 04-27-2010, 09:13 PM   #4
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Cool thanks for the suggestions guys

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IR is a great brand! snap on has a 2 year warranty on their air tools.

ive been using snap on. I have a dewalt electric one too, i like that thing a lot.
I heard electric had zero power
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I have had the Ingersoll Rand titanium 1/2 and 3/8 impact and 3/8 hd ratchet for about 4 years of daily use now. So far one of the best investments I have made.
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I heard electric had zero power
It really depends on what your doing. A decent electric power tool is great if your not doing big jobs and using it every single day, multiple times a day.
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I would also look into a die grinder.Like an air powered Dremel tool.I have like 5 at work.I would suggest a straight one as well as an angle one as well. I use Mac grinders, and air ratchets, Snap-On impact,air saws and air hammers. CP are very good tools, however I haven't used very many IR tools. I hear they are good as well.
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I like Craftsman. I have a Craftsman impact tool and been very satisfied. I guess it depends how much you plan to use them. I also bought other air tools that I only use a few times a year an Harbor Freight which has some very cheap air tools. You get what you pay for.
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If you use it alot, I'd find something relatively lightweight.

IR and Matco are my two top choices for performance and cost.
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I have Craftsman air tools but I've been disappointed in their air tools as of late. Their quality is going down. If you can afford it, definitely go IR, a little more expensive but you'll never have to worry about it breaking.
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I have had the Ingersoll Rand titanium 1/2 and 3/8 impact and 3/8 hd ratchet for about 4 years of daily use now. So far one of the best investments I have made.
So true. 2 drops of air-tool oil B4 each use and the I-R tools will work forever!
Plus, my brother in-law was on the board of directors of I-R for over 15 years, AWESOME discounts and even a prototype/pre-production tool or two!!! I still have one of a VERY limited production (pre-production run ONLY) 3/8 rechargeable battery powered ratchet! This tool is sick!
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Ingersoll Rand makes some nice air tools, I have their impact gun, 3/8 and 1/4 ratchets, and a 3/8 palm butterfly. Chicago Pneumatics is pretty good too, I use one of their air drills also.
I/R's are great.

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IR is a great brand! snap on has a 2 year warranty on their air tools.

ive been using snap on. I have a dewalt electric one too, i like that thing a lot.
snap on is WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY overpriced
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Cool thanks for the suggestions guys



I heard electric had zero power
electrics are weak, but for taking off lug nuts or whatever it's fine. honestly on a bmw i dont really know how much force you need that an electric gun can't handle.

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I/R's are great.



snap on is WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY overpriced
well it's not that bad when you go sailing with your tool guy lol
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