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Old 11-06-2012, 09:35 PM
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Default Ingersoll-Rand AGS 241 Air Grinder/Sander

Apparently yesterday I bought a "new" Ingersoll-Rand AGS 241 air grinder/sander, when today when I talked to Ingersoll-Rand, I find out they haven't made the tool since 1992. I've been using a friends unit, on and off for about 15 years, at his shop and loved it, but hadn't seen another one anywheres. When picking up an air tool repair, I saw one in a sealed box, the price was acceptable and I snapped it up. I called I-R to ask about a couple of optional mandrels and arbors, only then did I find out it be "discontinued" or "obsoleted" for approximately 20 years ago. They do stock some replacement parts and it works great. At least its American made.
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:22 AM
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Nice find. I have one of the IR261- 3/4 drive impact, it has taken a beating and is still crankin the nuts off/on. They make good stuff.
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:41 AM
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It reminds me of a snap on cut off tool. The neck is different but.....

http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item....re&dir=catalog
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:42 AM
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It reminds me of a snap on cut off tool. The neck is different but.....

http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item....re&dir=catalog
Yep, and its also similar to the extended cut off tool sold by Harbor Freight, I don't know it internally if its different, but this is touted as an actual grinder/sander.
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:34 PM
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Default Air vs Electric

Jack, If you don't mind another of my endless novice questions:

Why Air? What does it do that an electric doesn't? Lower speed? More torque?
I'm pretty sure they generate more noise!

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As to quality, You said your friend has used one for at least the last 15 years. There you go.

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Old 11-08-2012, 05:03 PM
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Why Air? What does it do that an electric doesn't? Lower speed? More torque?
I'm pretty sure they generate more noise!
Don't know about Jack but I like air tools because they're lighter, rev up and slow down faster. Plus they don't get hot when you use them. In fact they get cold. The down side is you need a nice big compressor and storage tank to run one for very long.
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:38 PM
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Jack, If you don't mind another of my endless novice questions:

Why Air? What does it do that an electric doesn't? Lower speed? More torque?
I'm pretty sure they generate more noise!

DrBob

As to quality, You said your friend has used one for at least the last 15 years. There you go.

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Dr Bob,

Air - lighter, smaller and usually a smaller chance of getting shocked. There is also usually a wider variety of air tools vs electric tools, and some of them are worth owning.
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:00 PM
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Thanks Jack & Motor Doctor.

The only air tools I currently have are an impact wrench an air socket wrench and a small die grinder but they all work well.

I recently put up a length of flexible conduit to shield some exposed romex in my garage. I needed to put in about 25 11/2" lag bolts to hold the clamps. The air socket wrench made it go quick and easy.

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