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09-22-2010 08:05 AM
Irelands child I have to say that this 2006 thread has whiskers on it but it's still a relevant subject
09-21-2010 06:38 PM
Jim Rockford I can say as of today The differance between a electric D/A and a Air powered D/A is night and day, In favor of Air power. You just don't get the speed out of a Electric D/A as you do air. had a chance today after buying an air powered one to compaire back to back, Air wins for automotive work.
05-28-2006 04:48 AM
pmeisel I do a lot of boat maintenance, and an air tool gives you more peace of mind when you work outside, standing in a puddle....
05-28-2006 01:25 AM
air over electric

I would recomend air tools.You can run air tools all day long and they won't overheat. I,ve worked in auto body for many years and the only electric tools I've ever seen used are buffers, shop vacs, heat guns, and soldering irons.
05-24-2006 10:28 AM
85vette i personally like electric drills because air tools dont genrally have very much starting torque...but for impacts and hammers definatly air..and for wet conditions
04-28-2006 07:40 AM
Henry Highrise I like air tools for automotive work...they are light, powerfull, and hold up good. For woodworking I like my electric stuff.
04-27-2006 07:15 PM
copndoc3 I haven't seen too many cordless air tools, and I use my cordless drill and screwdriver an awful lot. But to be fair, I use alot of air tools too. Can't beat a good air sander or die grinder. So I guess each has its own place in the shop and the job it has to do. Was that a good "politically correct" answer?
04-24-2006 07:16 AM
pepi Each has it's pros and cons, I like electric for the cutting, on the other hand air allows good precise control and is tops for grinding. You can put a speed control on the air tool that allows even better control. So they are both great and better then a hack saw or file
11-28-2005 07:33 PM
Rob Keller ah Yea .. with a cordless impact ..Its called a 4 way lug wrench and a pipe

i dont work on semi's some heavy equipment back hoe's dozers tractors and a few dump trucks taking tires off of semi's is for the truck tire guy not me but yes I have a 3/4 drive impact ant the socket for the lugs too and that big damn 4 way


I'm not prejudice, I hate everyone
11-28-2005 03:20 PM
TwistedTrbl Have ya ever taken off wheel nuts on a semi? We use 3/4 or 1" impacts for that. Try that with an electric impact!
11-28-2005 09:17 AM
Rob Keller its not really a question at which is better its more of a application of what and where to use it;

air tools run cooler and have no risk of being shocked
so if you are doing alot of wet sanding and polishing then a air buffer is the way to go

if you do mobile detailing then a electric buffer is the way to go

and to the latest technologies cordless

cordless has really come up through the ranks a 3/8 cordless impact is just as good as a air driven one provided the batteries stay charged

I have a buddy who dose construction and he has a Paslode gas nailer and he said its worth every penny because
there are no cords or hoses
no power source needed and goes all day long on 1 gas cartridge

some tools are far as I know dont have a equivalent as in a long board i dont think a electric one is made ..I could be wrong..never seen one

its a application thing at least to me how and where you plan on useing it


I'm not prejudice, I hate everyone
11-28-2005 09:13 AM
jcclark I use all electric tools in my woodshop, but for my bodywork
and paint I use air tools most.
The air sanders for bodywork don't do as well for woodworking and
the electric sanders for woodworking don't do as good for bodywork.
11-27-2005 10:38 AM
71 c-10 ^^^ i 100% agree with you, since i work on cars for a liveing i only use quality stuff. All my air tools are Ingersal Rand products, except for my 1/4" air ratchet, that is a mac. We have two huge compressors at my work, not sure on size, and unless there is a mad leak they do a great job of keeping up.

never mind this edit im posting this from the library for me
11-27-2005 10:34 AM
Ed ke6bnl
Originally Posted by 71 c-10
i think for the most part air tools are the way to go. Electric tools, the only ones i use are a drill, and a 3/8's impact gun, that little dude is amazing!

I think a lot of it has to do with the quality of the air tools because there is big differance between brands and that would make a big differance, good air tools and they can't be beat. with a good compressor. ED ke6bnl
11-27-2005 10:27 AM
71 c-10 i think for the most part air tools are the way to go. Electric tools, the only ones i use are a drill, and a 3/8's impact gun, that little dude is amazing!
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