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Old 03-18-2011, 06:05 PM
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hutchins orbital airboard

I've been on the market for a good airboard. I hear people love hutchins or they hate them. I've also looked at cheaper ones but was curious about the orbital air board from hutchins. How well does that work has anyone tried one before? Thanks.

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I've been on the market for a good airboard. I hear people love hutchins or they hate them. I've also looked at cheaper ones but was curious about the orbital air board from hutchins. How well does that work has anyone tried one before? Thanks.

Ok, here is ONE opinion. I had an air board when I started in this business in 1977, I traded it for some hammer or dolly or some other tool I needed more. And lived without one just fine making a living until about 10 years ago when I used a Hutchins 3800 orbial and fell in love with it buying one. It is a great tool, but still, VERY rarely used. My plastic filler tool of choice by FAR is a National Detroit 900 8" orbial sander. When used properly along with a hand long board you can flatten out any sized panel.
Again, just an opinion and how I learned.

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I hear people love hutchins or they hate them.


Someone hates them? I can't imagine what there is to hate about them, IMO they are THE best on the market!
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Well i've herd more love then hate stories. I guess no matter what everone is going to have an opinion. I just don't wanna spend 300 plus and not use it. BUT I have been thinking latley There are alot of times I could use one and i'm not afraid to spend the cash on a good quality tool if its worth it. Guess I will have to try one out. Thanks for the input guys.
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I got mine used on eBay for much less, right around a hundred or so as I remember. But honestly, you can't go wrong. If you buy a used one as I did you can always sell it. But it is the kind of tool like I say that I don't use very often because I don't do real large panels. But for a long board, they really can't be beat.

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Here's one on ebay starting at 99 cents. (click here)

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Thanks for the link i'm going to watch and see where it goes. Now i have herd of people needing to have them rebuilt, do they need it after so long?
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I don't know, I bought mine used about 10 years ago and it is still going strong. But then again, it isn't used often.

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When they came out with cheese graters I threw my straight line air sander in the back of the tool box and it has been laying there for 30 years. Grate then hand board. If You don't like that get an 8" mud hog.
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LOL, I did just the opposite and tossed the cheese graters into the back of the box and never used them again when I got my 8 in orbital!

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My old cheap inline sander gave up the ghost about a year and a half ago and I went on line and bought a Hutchinson. They sent an orbital in line vice a straight in line. I tried it but was unhappy with the jumping around of the orbital function. I returned it for the straight in line and would not think of doing without it. As far as I am concerned, they can't be beat. You can find them for around $180 from the on line stores, generally 1/2 of the suggested retail price.

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