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    Re: Fresh Air: Pneumatic Tools, Built in USA

    The pre-owned Sioux 270A-2X Rivet Gun ($160) arrived. Operationally sound and in excellent condition. However, the lagniappe in the deal was the acquisition of the lot of these vintage parallel jaw Coes wrenches for $20. The larger wrenches are 18in length, while the smaller one is 10in. HD all the way.

    @ killdozerd11 - LoL. Variety is the spice of life. My bride's Aunt, who recently passed away, was indeed a Rosie the Riveter for Boeing in WA during WWII. She had some impressive stories from back in the day.

    Now, it's time for rivet ops "101"
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    Re: Fresh Air: Pneumatic Tools, Built in USA

    Quote Originally Posted by ManoKai View Post
    The pre-owned Sioux 270A-2X Rivet Gun ($160) arrived. Operationally sound and in excellent condition. However, the lagniappe in the deal was the acquisition of the lot of these vintage parallel jaw Coes wrenches for $20. The larger wrenches are 18in length, while the smaller one is 10in. HD all the way.

    @ killdozerd11 - LoL. Variety is the spice of life. My bride's Aunt, who recently passed away, was indeed a Rosie the Riveter for Boeing in WA during WWII. She had some impressive stories from back in the day.

    Now, it's time for rivet ops "101"
    Love those handles.

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    @ mikecwik - Me2. What's not shown is that one of the 18in'r has a partially cracked/missing wooden section and could use some TLC. You can see the brass (?) pin that holds the wood to the iron. Would like to tackle a repair to this handle. These are smooth run'n screw wrenches. The pros tell me they were used on the RR circuit. Almost like precursors to our modern adjustable wrench. Time pieces.....
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    Re: Fresh Air: Pneumatic Tools, Built in USA

    Just got my Aircat 6275 3 inch corner grinderName:  uploadfromtaptalk1426033234500.jpg
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    @ colindstark - just noticed this post. Awesome! How's she run'n for you? AirCat's have a great reputation.
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    Re: Fresh Air: Pneumatic Tools, Built in USA

    Not exactly a pneumatical tool, but the item has been used recently in conjunction with a Quincy 2-Stage Compressor for chip removal action.

    Shown below is a recently acquired Made in USA Die & Threader set of WWII vintage. The background on the 62ea piece kit: Pratt & Whitney since 1860 has been building aerospace and tooling equipment in the United States of America. This kit, covering sizes 2-56 through 12-28 NC and Fine, consists of 15ea adjustable dies and taper, intermediate, and bottoming threaders for each size. All components are in pristine condition and presently coated in cosmoline.

    This kit has rarely seen sunlight. The ORIGINAL owner, a Navy machinist who in the 1940s who served during WWII, gave the ultimate sacrifice and was cut down off the beaches of France in 1944. The CL seller who sold me the kit informed me the WWII Veteran was the seller's wife's uncle. In addition, the set has been in storage since the 1940s.

    Feel honored to have met the CL seller, learned the rich history of the Veteran and the kit, and acquired the tool. Having personally walked the beaches of Normandy, can tell you that this kit is "special" and will never depart our shop. Next steps include removing all cosmoline using mineral spirits and a soft brush. God Bless the USA.
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    Re: Fresh Air: Pneumatic Tools, Built in USA

    Nice Tap & Die set
    Backed my CATMA over your CARMA oops clusmy me

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    Re: Fresh Air: Pneumatic Tools, Built in USA

    recently purchased a reman USA made IR air hammer. .498 shank. going to make some real industrial furniture like this early 1900's piece



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    Re: Fresh Air: Pneumatic Tools, Built in USA

    Top Cat (Willoughby, OH) design/builds some awesome tools. An industry leader in the high end, heavy duty, rapid material removal market. Targeted industries inclue steel/iron foundry, aluminum foundry, and light/heavy fabricators.

    Had an opportunity to visit their factory this week. Top-tier design, manufacturing, testing, and development facilities, replete with state-of-the-art equipment. The tools are vintage influenced, with clean lines and built like tanks. Their lead tech/designer showed me the work "flow", provided hands-on of tooling, and fielded all technical/historical questions with context and candor. A bright and professional individual.

    Will def be adding a Top Cat pneumatic tool to our inventory soon.
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    Re: Fresh Air: Pneumatic Tools, Built in USA

    Don't count out Nitto Kohki. Very high quality, made in Japan.

    Recently got this Belton B-20, along with a Dynabrade 1800 RPM polisher and an older Belton B-30 missing the arm assy.

    Got $235 in it all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ManoKai View Post
    @ colindstark - just noticed this post. Awesome! How's she run'n for you? AirCat's have a great reputation.
    It's been working great I had looked at the topcat models but didn't have $800 laying around but this one is getting it donefor me.

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    Re: Fresh Air: Pneumatic Tools, Built in USA

    @ Jimmy_pop - nice vintage IR air hammer! How does she run? Have you started the rivet project we discussed?
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    Re: Fresh Air: Pneumatic Tools, Built in USA

    Quote Originally Posted by ManoKai View Post
    @ Jimmy_pop - nice vintage IR air hammer! How does she run? Have you started the rivet project we discussed?
    no i have not used it yet. I am hoping that in 2016 I can make some progress on this front. I am hoping I can offer some things without MIG or TIG welding but welded the old fashion way. we will see. I can dream right.

    Happy New Year!! Sorry I forgot to text you back. I'll do that now

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    Re: Fresh Air: Pneumatic Tools, Built in USA

    A close friend and fellow fabricator recently acquired a pre-owned Dynabrade 4" RA Grinder (#54777). 0.7 Hp @ 13,500 rip'ems with rear exhaust in an extended/composite housing. Scored for $190. These grinder retails for $650-700.

    He's stoked to run with her on his rotary screw compressor. 4lbs of heavy-duty American craftsmanship.
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    Re: Fresh Air: Pneumatic Tools, Built in USA

    Targeting a Kett P540 Pneumatic Double Cut Shear. Our requirement is for straightline cuts on 14ga CR and 16ga stainless sheat metal. The Swiss-made Trumpf S250-6/7s are really/really nice but currently above our price point.

    Interested to learn a) any fabricators who own/operate a Kett pneumatic double cut shear and their experiences with the tool, and b) other recommended Made in USA (or Swiss, German, Austrian) alternatives that met our tech requirements.

    Have no interest in any HorrorFreight or FarEast gear.
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    Re: Fresh Air: Pneumatic Tools, Built in USA

    Kai,
    Once you get a shear, can you let me know which one and how it performs? I want my work to purchase one but need some reviews or guidance on a good model.

    Thanks
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    @ psacustomcreations - you got it sir. PM me if you have a co$t band you are looking to invest.
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    Re: Fresh Air: Pneumatic Tools, Built in USA

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    Sioux makes excellent air tools but not all of them are made in USA. I buy Milton air fittings and Goodyear air hoses both made in USA. I won't buy a Mexican made Lincoln welder even if it was %50 less than a Miller or Hobart. Most of my welding equipment is vintage anyway but I have 2 Lincoln Invertec welders with the best arc quality on the planet.

    It matters to me where my tools are made. MAGA! If we don't buy American made products we are contributing to our own demise as a country. I know it's almost impossible to find things that are made in the US but I always check. Even the small things like air fittings.

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    Re: Fresh Air: Pneumatic Tools, Built in USA

    Some brands to look into are Thor , Dotco , Sioux , Powerhouse tools , Climax to name a few.

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    @ 69sa200 - nice Sioux. Like the fine wire cup you have integrated. Just gave me an idea.

    We run a 2x Sioux aircraft rivet gun and a sweet Sioux air drill. Both Made in USA. Very high quality, smooth operation, and strong.
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    Re: Fresh Air: Pneumatic Tools, Built in USA

    Quote Originally Posted by psacustomcreations View Post
    Kai,
    Once you get a shear, can you let me know which one and how it performs? I want my work to purchase one but need some reviews or guidance on a good model. Thanks
    Kett P-540 Pneumatic Double Cut Shear. Enroute. Scored a nice deal on Amazon. PM me if you want to test run her or use the shears on a project. She's claimed solid up to 14ga MS and 16ga in SS.
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    Re: Fresh Air: Pneumatic Tools, Built in USA

    Quote Originally Posted by psacustomcreations View Post
    Kai,
    Once you get a shear, can you let me know which one and how it performs? I want my work to purchase one but need some reviews or guidance on a good model.

    Thanks
    Our Kett P-540 arrived today. HeavyDuty and smooth operator, Sade style. Rip curl'd 16ga mild steel like a dream. Images of the tool and TIG'n the curl to 16ga sheet metal. The DynaSwivel was gifted to us from Dynabrade.

    Hit me if you want to borrow her for your builds.

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    Re: Fresh Air: Pneumatic Tools, Built in USA

    Forget about the tool, can you photoshop my welds to look that good? 😀

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    Re: Fresh Air: Pneumatic Tools, Built in USA

    New air weps from Dotco. We were blessed to acquire this entire lot from an industry partner of ours back in Mar for $125. All fully operational. Time to grind.
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    Re: Fresh Air: Pneumatic Tools, Built in USA

    Welcome back Kai. Missed your informed commentary.
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