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Old 03-08-2012, 08:58 PM
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Turn your HF mini air saw into a sander

I finally found something that the HF air saw is good at....I needed something to sand some tight spots today so I cut a paint stick and taped it to a hacksaw blade in my saw then stuck some 80 file paper to it...Holly crap this thing works great...I can think of a few things to use this for instead of hand sanding.It took all of 30 seconds to make .a little tweeking and some improvements and this thing could be an everyday tool instead of a dust collector.....There on sale all the time for 9.99
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:32 PM
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Now that is a very worthwhile idea...

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Old 03-08-2012, 09:32 PM
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LOL, never thought of that, good going!

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I wanted one but was repelled by their reviews....
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don't get one...unless you have alternative plans for it like deadbodyman. My IR heavy duty cuts metal twice as thick twice as fast.

Nice idea, I'll try that. There's no other use for that thing anyways.
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Old 03-09-2012, 12:11 AM
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As a saw they suck,I even took the air nipple off so I wouldn't be tempted to use it and get peed off.I was thinking that I could attach a small three point painters putty knife to it also.it might make a nice little scraper...But for those of us that sprung for the 9.99 and got stuck with one this should be pretty helpful..it worked great for sanding out paint from those louvers too..
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:10 AM
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That's a great idea! Thanks for posting. The only thing I found that saw good for was cutting fiberglass - and even then it was a hassle.
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Fix up a nail file for it and let your wife/GF use it too!
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Mine has sat for years, now I know what to do with it, thanx!!
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what a great idea for louvers!!
I do a lot of fiberglass work and find the HF units work fine for that. especially when you need tight radius work. worthless for cutting steel however.

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The only thing that sucks worse than that the saw is those crap blades that come with it.LOL, I use a hack saw blade and cut it in half ,making tw0 blades But the stroke still isn't long enough to be usefull .The IR saw is waaay better

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Not sure, but I had good luck with that saw when I had to cut some tight radii on the rear of my car! I used different blades though.

I also have used it as a sander!
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The only thing that sucks worse than that the saw is those crap blades that come with it.LOL, I use a hack saw blade and cut it in half ,making tw0 blades But the stroke still isn't long enough to be usefull .The IR saw is waaay better
I just recently got an IR and it flies, but the thing is it's so fast it's hard to cut a dead on straight line. Do you find it easier to cut straighter lines with the hack saw blades installed. It seems like it would be but just checking. I think I'd be interested in hacksaw blades, especially some HSS ones.
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a big advantage with the hack saw blades is you can make them any length you want .On my old IR saw the blade had to be ground down a little to fit in the slot but with the HF they dont but the longer length does help make a straighter cut.
There are adjustable guides in the end of the saw that wear and need periodic adjusting ,they play a big part in making a straight cut by stabilizing the blade
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