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Re: Electric versus Air Tools

To: Jim Juhas <>
Subject: Re: Electric versus Air Tools
From: Art Pfenninger <>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2000 13:51:27 -0500 (EST)

I would also go with an electric one, I bought a HF for $19.99 and it was
one of the most useful tools I have ever bought. Next time I'll get a
better brand but stil I'll buy it from HF(free shipping) one of the best
uses of the grinder is for cutting metal. Buy a special cut off wheel for
abou $1.00 and you will never pick up a hack saw again. Also for smoothing
welds they make a flap wheel that works nice.

On Wed, 8 Mar 2000, Jim Juhas wrote:

> I bought a Habor Freight-type 4" grinder before the prices started dropping 
> about $35.  (Now available for $20).  It makes a lot more sense to me to run
> this little electric motor instead of churning the 5HP compressor.  To me, it
> makes more difference on the task of the tool.  If, like me, you're going to
> grind down edges prior to welding, or dressing up weld beads, the inexpensive
> electric grinder is ideal.  It seems to have more torque than I can generate
> from small air tools as well.  There are both pros and cons to that issue, as
> illustrated in some other responses to you, but with a modest amount of safety
> awareness, I don't expect you will have a problem.
> wrote:
> > I am in the market to finally purchase a right angle grinder for use in the
> > 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 making
> > is whether to go electric or air.  I am leaning towards air but would like
> > to hear pros and cons regarding this.
> >
> > The other question is more subjective.  What brand and model should I be
> > interested in?
> >
> > Thanks in advance for all comments.
> >
> > Jim V.

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