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Old 12-16-2017, 02:43 PM
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Hand power tools

Simple question really.

Has the battery powered tool developed to the point of replacing the old-standby air tool?




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Old 12-16-2017, 04:06 PM
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Old 12-16-2017, 05:39 PM
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Really good point!!

Low volume, Custom and restoration automotive work with the other 50% of the time being light industrial build and repair.
I would say nothing over 1/2-inch drive because I rarely go over 200Ft/Lb.

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Old 12-17-2017, 06:54 PM
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Your Low volume could be the production of some in 40 hours

I like electric for those trips out to the parts truck remove 2 bolts rather then drag 150' of air hose

Those Jobs of a few fastners

I doubt I would give up my air Tools

Although I am slowing down some
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Old 12-18-2017, 11:56 AM
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I helped a buddy finish the inside of his 40x60 shop a couple years ago. I recommended a good air compressor. He bought a Quincy somewhere around 16 cfm. He tells me he uses the Dewalt 20V battery operated tools 95% of the time. He runs a hobby farm and owns and runs an oil-field company, so varied repairs. He says he would have got a smaller compressor for tire fills only. Of course when I talk him into getting a sand blast unit his mind will change....

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Old 12-18-2017, 07:24 PM
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Air has its place. Cordless is fast, and convenient. I'm in construction and have friends in shops. Cordless is everywhere. Look at the fancy build em up shows. Even the framers use them.
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Old 12-19-2017, 06:28 PM
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Air has its place. Cordless is fast, and convenient. I'm in construction and have friends in shops. Cordless is everywhere. Look at the fancy build em up shows. Even the framers use them.
^Agreed^
But.... is it cost effective?
Yes, I know I'm the only one that can make that decision.
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Old 12-20-2017, 02:28 PM
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The new electric tools are pretty impressive. I just bought a Milwaukee 18V drill and impact driver, and the power is way up from my old Panasonic 15.6V or Rigid 14V tools. I'm not sure if its the brushless motors or the 18V, but they are great. I've heard great things about the 18V impacts wrenches as well. I'm not giving up my air tools, but the new battery-powered tools are portable and flexible, and the Li-ion batteries charge up surprisingly fast.
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Old 12-21-2017, 10:28 PM
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We've gone pretty much cordless. The main exceptions are angle grinders and die grinders. We wore out the brushes in a dewalt 4.5" grinder the other day so the cordless ones aren't quite up to the task. I still get the 1/2 snap on gun out once in a while for really stuck stuff.
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