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#4500845 - 08/28/17 10:40 PM Air cut off tool
HangFire Offline


Registered: 08/21/13
Posts: 2506
Loc: Central Maryland
It seems every third job I have to get out my electric angle grinder and cut something in half (yes I live in the Rust Belt).

I've had some close calls where the big old Ridgid electric barely fits in the space required to get the job done. The on/off paddle is no fun without 3 hands. I need something small to get into tight spaces. I just upgraded to a 60 gallon air compressor, so, I'm looking for an air cut off tool that is:

1. Lightweight
2. Compact
3. Quiet (relatively, anyway)
4. Variable speed trigger

So far all I've found is this, the AIRCAT 6505:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000EPVQBI

Questions:
Anything else I should consider?
What brand of cut-off wheels should I get with it? I'll be mostly cutting exhaust systems and suspension components.
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#4500847 - 08/28/17 10:49 PM Re: Air cut off tool [Re: HangFire]
Rand Offline


Registered: 08/20/03
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Loc: NE,Ohio
I used one of these a few times.. seems ok for what it is. and $15
https://www.harborfreight.com/3-in-high-speed-composite-air-cut-off-tool-68832.html

you could also consider a more maneuverable non-paddle switch angle grinder.
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#4500863 - 08/28/17 11:23 PM Re: Air cut off tool [Re: HangFire]
tomcat27 Offline


Registered: 06/25/09
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Loc: Chicago, IL
I'm sold! just ordered one!
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#4500921 - 08/29/17 01:47 AM Re: Air cut off tool [Re: HangFire]
Merkava_4 Offline


Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 17501
Loc: Clovis, CA
Originally Posted By: HangFire
Anything else I should consider?


Yes - the Sioux 1954HP

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SIOUX-1954HP-HEAVY-DUTY-DIE-GRINDER-1-4-23-000-RPM-MADE-IN-USA-/262304418433

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#4500971 - 08/29/17 05:55 AM Re: Air cut off tool [Re: HangFire]
Traction Offline


Registered: 06/04/13
Posts: 981
Loc: iowa
I have an inline cut-off tool, but for tight spots I prefer a mini right angle die grinder. Much easier to control, and has plenty of power for cutting with a 2 inch wheel. Very seldom need or use the inline tool.


Edited by Traction (08/29/17 05:56 AM)
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#4501014 - 08/29/17 07:19 AM Re: Air cut off tool [Re: HangFire]
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Registered: 06/05/03
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The HF ones are great. I have used one for many years. One of HF's best tools.
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#4501327 - 08/29/17 01:29 PM Re: Air cut off tool [Re: HangFire]
HangFire Offline


Registered: 08/21/13
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Loc: Central Maryland
The HF looks nice and small, but it doesn't appear to have variable speed. Also no noise rating.

The Sioux is a bit out of my price range. I could go up to $100, a little more if it came with accessories.

Looking at die grinders now.
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#4501806 - 08/29/17 09:43 PM Re: Air cut off tool [Re: HangFire]
cb_13 Offline


Registered: 07/24/11
Posts: 910
Loc: Missouri
I have the Mac straight cut off tool and angle die grinder set that they're always putting on special. I think I gave 100 for the pair. Nothing spectacular about them but they work and have held up for several years in a professional shop environment even with lube techs who haven't bought their own borrowing them frequently.

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#4502071 - 08/30/17 08:25 AM Re: Air cut off tool [Re: cb_13]
HangFire Offline


Registered: 08/21/13
Posts: 2506
Loc: Central Maryland
Originally Posted By: cb_13
I have the Mac straight cut off tool and angle die grinder set that they're always putting on special. I think I gave 100 for the pair. Nothing spectacular about them but they work and have held up for several years in a professional shop environment even with lube techs who haven't bought their own borrowing them frequently.


Letting that soak in a moment... lube techs borrowing cut off tool and die grinder.
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#4502310 - 08/30/17 01:44 PM Re: Air cut off tool [Re: HangFire]
tom slick Offline


Registered: 05/26/03
Posts: 9301
Loc: Central Coast, Calif.
Originally Posted By: HangFire
The HF looks nice and small, but it doesn't appear to have variable speed. Also no noise rating.

The Sioux is a bit out of my price range. I could go up to $100, a little more if it came with accessories.

Looking at die grinders now.


I have the HF die grinder that is identical to that cut off tool. The speed adjustment is a ring on the end just in free not of the air fitting. It also has an adjustable exhaust discharge that is fairly quiet, much quieter that the other cheap die grinders in the shop. It all works well for such a cheap tool.
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#4503802 - 08/31/17 08:02 PM Re: Air cut off tool [Re: tomcat27]
HangFire Offline


Registered: 08/21/13
Posts: 2506
Loc: Central Maryland
Originally Posted By: tomcat27
I'm sold! just ordered one!


Which one did you order?
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#4506757 - 09/03/17 09:17 PM Re: Air cut off tool [Re: HangFire]
justintendo Offline


Registered: 03/04/17
Posts: 102
Loc: northwest pa
do you have a good size compressor? these use alot of air up, volume-wise.

i think the next air tools i buy will be some aircat stuff. they look great and the prices seem too good to be true...i hope they arent!
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#4506847 - 09/03/17 11:14 PM Re: Air cut off tool [Re: HangFire]
HangFire Offline


Registered: 08/21/13
Posts: 2506
Loc: Central Maryland
Yes I do, 60 gallon but [email protected] not the usual 11.something.

I may go for the Aircat, just to give it a try. An air die grinder is next on the list anyway.

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#4506864 - 09/03/17 11:58 PM Re: Air cut off tool [Re: HangFire]
Colt45ws Offline


Registered: 08/15/06
Posts: 9648
Loc: Central Washington
If you do let me know how it works. Im looking for one at work.
The Sioux is way to expensive. If I was gonna pay that much I'd buy one off the tool truck and have a warranty thats easy to use.
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#4507280 - 09/04/17 02:19 PM Re: Air cut off tool [Re: HangFire]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 18900
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
Originally Posted By: HangFire
Yes I do, 60 gallon but [email protected] not the usual 11.something.


Thats going to run out of wind after a short time. You need over 20 CFM to run it at 100% duty but it will work for small jobs.
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