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Re: Electric versus Air Tools

To: "Phil Ethier" <>, <>,
Subject: Re: Electric versus Air Tools
From: "Rex Burkheimer" <>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2000 08:32:18 -0600
I bought a HF 4" angle grinder for $19.95, and a knotted wire cup brush to
use for paint and rust removal. The first real use I gave it was the other
night, removing the asphalt sound deadener from my RX7. Within 30 minutes I
had smoked it. Sure, it was under warranty (I think) but I was unable to
finish the job.

Rex Burkheimer
 J-CON Coordinator, WM Automotive Whse      Fort Worth TX
Texas Region SCCA     FC #19    SRX7 #39

"There is pleasure sure in being mad which none but madmen know."  John
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From: Phil Ethier <>
To: <>; oletrucks <>;
<>; Virtual Vairs <>
Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2000 10:32 PM
Subject: Re: Electric versus Air Tools

> From: <>
> >I am in the market to finally purchase a right angle grinder for use in
> >restoration of my vehicles.  It won't get the kind of usage a body shop
> >would use, but I want a good one.  The first decision I need help in
> >is whether to go electric or air.  I am leaning towards air but would
> >to hear pros and cons regarding this.
> I can't think of a single reason to use an air tool for home use.  If you
> are planing on working in an explosive atmosphere, air might be a good
> Then again, you will probably be making sparks with the grinding itself,
> that is moot.  I am using an angle grinder with a knotted wire wheel to
> remove (carefully) paint from my Lotus.  This is light work, but the motor
> runs continuously.  I'd have to junk my compressor and shell out big money
> for a big new one, and then both find a place for it and listen to it run
> all the time.  Electric.  No-brainer, at least in my case.
> >The other question is more subjective.  What brand and model should I be
> >interested in?
> After considering local availability, price, and the feel of the tool in
> hands, I went with the Mikita.  It has replaceable brushes.  I don't know
> I am going to care about that or not.  I chose one with the smaller size
> arbor and bought an adapter to go up to the larger thread used on the
> knotted wire wheel.  Now I can use accessories which mount with either
> arbor.  This model comes with a plastic case, so I have half a chance of
> losing all the accessories and won't have the power cord hassle when the
> tool is in storage.
> Phil Ethier    Saint Paul  Minnesota  USA
> 1970 Lotus Europa, 1992 Saturn SL2, 1986 Chev Suburban

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