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  • Happy with a couple new tools.

    Don't know about a lot of the members here, but I use both the straight and angle die grinders a lot in the type work I do. I probably have 6 straight 1/4" grinders and 4-5 angle grinders. Both a straight and angle die grinder hang on the side of my tig table.

    My grinders range from the cheap models from Lowes/HD to the more expensive Ingersol Rand models. They all grind/polish but some are smoother than others and some sound like the whistle on a freight train.

    I recently acquired a new straight and angle grinder made by Aircat. These were not "cheap" but not as much as some of the Ingersol Rand models.

    All I can say is that I am very impressed. Both run extremely smoothly, with good power and are the "least noisy" of all the grinders I have. I tend to be pretty critical of tools, and these two have impressed me. The fit/finish is the best of all the grinders in the shop.

    I have no affiliation with Aircat, other than being a happy user. Just thought I'd mention a tool made by a company that's not that well known. I got the angle grinder at Northern (about $100) and the straight grinder came from e-bay (about $70).
    Syncrowave 250 DX Tigrunner
    Dynasty 200 DX
    Miller XMT 304 w/714D Feeder & Optima Control
    Miller MM 251 w/Q300 & 30A SG
    Hobart HH187
    Dialarc 250 AC/DC
    Hypertherm PM 600 & 1250
    Wilton 7"x12" bandsaw
    PC Dry Cut Saw, Dewalt Chop Saw
    Milwaukee 8" Metal Cut Saw, Milwaukee Portaband.
    Thermco and Smith (2) Gas Mixers
    More grinders than hands

  • #2
    Originally posted by SundownIII View Post
    I tend to be pretty critical of tools
    Just tools?
    Caution!
    These are "my" views based only on “my” experiences in “my” little bitty world.

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    • #3
      Sonora,

      NO

      Not JUST tools, but that's what this thread was intended to address.
      Syncrowave 250 DX Tigrunner
      Dynasty 200 DX
      Miller XMT 304 w/714D Feeder & Optima Control
      Miller MM 251 w/Q300 & 30A SG
      Hobart HH187
      Dialarc 250 AC/DC
      Hypertherm PM 600 & 1250
      Wilton 7"x12" bandsaw
      PC Dry Cut Saw, Dewalt Chop Saw
      Milwaukee 8" Metal Cut Saw, Milwaukee Portaband.
      Thermco and Smith (2) Gas Mixers
      More grinders than hands

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      • #4
        Aircat

        I've seen these listed on ebay but discounted them as I knew nothing about the brand. I am actually looking for on to attach the scotch brite pads to. I'll give one a go and see what happens.
        Mustangs Forever!

        Miller equipment.

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        • #5
          SundownIII
          I own quite a few die grinders myself (4 straight 2 RA) and I really appreciate a TRUE running die grinder. I have ground many pounds of cast iron porting heads, and it is amazing how much of a difference in how fast your hands get tired, quality of cut and life of the bur. I see people using HF die grinders and box store specials and I just cringe.

          I will have to check out an AIR CAT next time I am in the market.

          -Dan
          Owner
          DW Metalworks LLC
          Miller Trailblazer 302
          Miller 8RC Feeder
          Miller Passport Plus
          Miller Dynasty 200 DX W/Coolmate 1
          Hobart Handler 135
          Hypertherm PowerMAX 30
          Smith O/A Torch Set
          Plus more tools then my wife will ever know about....

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          • #6
            I used mainly Black and Decker when I was working, years ago they would burn up the armatures or field coils if overheated, the last few years I havent had the problem with them.
            I used them because they were relatively inexpensive and had the paddle switch.
            I still use several of them with different wheels on them just because it saves time.
            I havent tried the Air Cat but I will check it out.
            mike sr

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            • #7
              Looks like an expensive tool that will only reach in 5" at the most, you will certainly be better off with a homemade tool for something like a deeper hollowing tool, but that's your choice.
              Go and have a look at Darrell Feltmate's site, it is full of tips and advice, also some videos that show how to use the tools, anyway a site that you should bookmark for sure, and no nothing to buy, it isn't that kind of site.
              A so called Oland tool would be a better tool for hollowing and uses very low cost bits that are used for turning steel .
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              • #8
                Ive used their impacts and was very impressed as well!
                Voigt Precision Welding, Inc.

                Miller Dynasty 200 DX, Miller Syncrowave 250, MillerMatic 252, Hypertherm Powermax 45, Auto Arc Trailpower 8000,272+187 lb Peter Wright anvil, 120 lb Fisher-norris, and more! Buffalo drill press, Grizzly Horiz. Bandsaw, Edwards shear, Barth Shear, bantam mechanical ironworker, Hopkins fly press, Doall Bandsaw, brown and sharpe surface grinder.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by cheapshirts View Post
                  Looks like an expensive tool that will only reach in 5" at the most, you will certainly be better off with a homemade tool for something like a deeper hollowing tool, but that's your choice.
                  Go and have a look at Darrell Feltmate's site, it is full of tips and advice, also some videos that show how to use the tools, anyway a site that you should bookmark for sure, and no nothing to buy, it isn't that kind of site.
                  A so called Oland tool would be a better tool for hollowing and uses very low cost bits that are used for turning steel .
                  I think you have missed something here. These guys are talking about the performance of the grinders and not about homemade tools.

                  Wheelchair

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                  • #10
                    "Spam"

                    Originally posted by Wheelchair View Post
                    I think you have missed something here. These guys are talking about the performance of the grinders and not about homemade tools.

                    Wheelchair
                    Be leary of these posts. There was a bunch a month or so ago-SPAMMING.
                    "Bonne journe'e mes amis"

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