1. Detroit Iron

    Detroit Iron Well-Known Member

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    I have an old IR that a buddy gave me many years ago.....been good so far.
     
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      For sanding get a 3/16 and for polishing / color sanding get a 3/32.

      I bought a Hutchins, but it was almost 200 bucks.

      Check eBay for a cheaper one. Take your pick on brands
       
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      Can't go wrong with Ingersoll Rand.
       
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        This is the kind of info I'm looking for. Thank you.
         
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          The reason I'm asking is because I bought one fom Home Depot years ago. Never used it. It just sat in my tool box. I went to use it and it didn't work. So, I took it apart and one of the plastic pieces inside had deteriorated. Total junk. Of course the part isn't available. It's garbage.
           
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          Again, you can't go wrong with Ingersoll Rand. I have had IR air tools since the 80's, a DA included and with a little oil, they have been trouble free.
           
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            A finishing sander ? Or a production sander?
             
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            He wants a DA or dual action sander.
             
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            Okay. A IR as most have said or a chicago pheumatic . The CP can be had at NAPA Up here there about 75 bucks. Not sure how much there. There smooth running. And very productive. Just dont drop them. The plastic case that surrounds the top of the sander also holds the air preasure in the sander. Im on my second one over a 20 year period. I use it daily for feathering out the scratches surrounding the filler repairs. I use a 1 inch thick tapered pad. Not the one they provide in the box.
             
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            Ok IR or CP. Thanks for the input.
             
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            I use Dynabrade and Hutchinson and IR plus I have my very old National Detroit , but my favorites are my dynabrade for air files National Detroit dual pistons and hutchinson keep your tools oiled
             
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              I like the palm type da sander not the handle type. Handle type lean towards the edge of the sander. The palm sander use the whole surface and gives you a flatter sanding surface.
               
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                I have been using a Dewalt electric orbital sander with the velcro type sanding discs with good results. It never runs out of air,no dripping water,and the discs are easy to change.
                 
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                We have these new tools at the shop where I work from a brand called Dynabrade. It says right on it thats its made in the USA... feels and seems high quality, it works well with no problems and I use it alot. I liked them enough that I looked into them and they are very affordable for what they are. I forget maybe 100-200

                Other than that get a used Snap-On. Or if you cant find or afford that any older made in USA should be quailty.

                Even if you aren't a professional I would say quality tool is a much better investment over something cheaply made. I would stay away from made in china stuff. Buying a used high quality tool from a reputable source is also a good option
                 
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                  My opinion is different from most... I buy a cheap basic POS... I won't be using it for much that I care about anyway....

                  I don't believe in oiling tools used for body work, you just wind up with oil mist all over a surface you are in theory planning to paint....

                  And besides you know the damn thing will fall off the work bench & when it does there's a 90% chance the shaft is gonna get bent... So it's a throw away....

                  A basic $25 DA will strip paint just fine & when it acts up I can throw it away without a second thought...

                  A $150 I/R or a $200 Hutchins I'll try to fix & I'll want to oil.... No Thanks.....
                   
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                  Thats the other end of the argument and it makes sense in its own right. I prefer to sort of collect and take pride in my tools. It depends on how much work you do and whether or not you want to take care of a good quality one and have it last. I would oil even a cheap tool though. Its not gonna contaminate the work surface significatly if at all and the tool is made to use it.
                   
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                    How much body work/painting have you done?
                     
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                    Air tool oil is generally mineral oil based. Just don't use an oil with a silicone additive.
                     
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