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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-25-2002, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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OT - Uses for a air body saw

I see harbor freight has a "High speed air body saw" for $19.99. Has anyone used one of these as a sawzall. Could I use is on wood with the proper blades. Any reasons why it wouldn't be worth $20 bucks? I figure it would be as good as a jig saw. Yes/No?

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Re: OT - Uses for a air body saw

I have an older Snap-on one that I bought when I did stereo installs. I use mine a lot from cutting dashes, doors, boat installs, cutting holes in 'glass tubs, bodywork, fenders, etc. or anything else where I need to cut something in a comfined space.
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Ditto what pbmcauliffe said. I also installed car audio for some time. I paid somewhere between $100 - $150 (been a long time) for my blue-point (snap-on). Paid for itself many times over.

An air saw has a shorter stroke than a sawzall. I've cut 1/2 and 3/4 mdf with it, however imo, a jigsaw or sawzall would be a better way to go if your cutting a lot of wood.

For $20, you can't go wrong. Very usefull tool.
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Re: OT - Uses for a air body saw

I've got the Harbor freight one. If you're going to get one, be careful how think the replacment blades are. Mine jammed all the time until I added dual air filters and found thinner than normal blades.

I used mine to cut back my CJ fenders. It cuts great through sheet metal. It doesn't do well on the thinker stuff and I don't think that it will like wood much.

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