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#1 4getgto ONLINE  

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Posted January 15, 2021 - 07:08 AM

Pick up a used 3/4" air gun at auction the other day for $30. I have some blade spindle bolts on a mower deck that I haven't been able to budge with the 1/2" drives I have. Don't see a need for it other than this but for the price I grabbed it. Might sell it later on.
Its an Ingersoll Rand ,model 261 I think which seems to be a pretty popular model. Looks well used but seems to work good. This should either get them or break them..! (Didn't try yet)

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Posted January 15, 2021 - 08:30 AM

I could use one of those at times!


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Posted January 15, 2021 - 08:35 AM

I hate buying tools I know I will only need once....But getting the job done is whats important. 


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Posted January 15, 2021 - 08:50 AM

It’s better to know that you have a tool for something if you need it! Good find!
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Posted January 15, 2021 - 09:38 AM

I have many tools that I bought at flea markets that I haven't used but the prices were so low that it was foolish to pass them up. Every so often another gets used and usually pays for itself in that one use. I bought some plate grabbers for $25 each around 1990. I've used them about 10 times. The new price on them now is close to $400 each. A good investment. I feel that tools are going to be one of the only good investments with the coming bad times. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted January 15, 2021 - 12:44 PM

Nice find and the price was right if it works at all.  Only suggestion I will make is ensure that you have a large enough air hose and fittings so that enough air reaches the gun to power it properly - looking at the specs it requires an average of 9.5 CFM.  Seen people purchase 3/4" drive impacts new and try to power them through 50 or 100 feet of 1/4" or 3/8" air hose and wonder why it didn't have much more power than a 1/2" drive one.


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Posted January 15, 2021 - 12:46 PM

I'm also of the opinion that quality tools are a good investment when you can find them at a good price.  Seems the prices only continue to go up, plus you have the option to use them. 

 

I have noticed at some auctions I have been to that the Snapon and Proto tools were rather sought after. 

 

I continue to pick up quality tools when I see them.

 

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Posted January 15, 2021 - 02:29 PM

That's a steal for $30! All our air tools where I work at are all Ingersoll Rand and they do take a beating, Those guns usually are pretty pricey , nice find.


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Posted January 15, 2021 - 03:04 PM

Nice find and the price was right if it works at all. Only suggestion I will make is ensure that you have a large enough air hose and fittings so that enough air reaches the gun to power it properly - looking at the specs it requires an average of 9.5 CFM. Seen people purchase 3/4" drive impacts new and try to power them through 50 or 100 feet of 1/4" or 3/8" air hose and wonder why it didn't have much more power than a 1/2" drive one.


Yes air hose size makes all the difference in the world. I do have a 25' 3/8" that will be good. Don't need anything longer. 1/2" would be better but don't have one...

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Posted January 15, 2021 - 03:11 PM

That's a steal for $30! All our air tools where I work at are all Ingersoll Rand and they do take a beating, Those guns usually are pretty pricey , nice find.

I check into this a little before I bid on it and seen a few in the $80-$150+ range used. New I seen where they are $300+.
So I figured even if I'd have to put a rebuild kit in it ($70), it wouldn't be to bad if it didn't work. Again its a gamble you take.
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Posted January 15, 2021 - 04:08 PM

So I figured even if I'd have to put a rebuild kit in it ($70), it wouldn't be to bad if it didn't work.

 

The nice thing is that in today's throw away world it is still possible to repair this gun with a kit that is still available.  I remember years ago I purchased a 1/2" impact from my friend who is an automotive technician - gave him the same as he would have been allowed on a new one by the Snap On dealer which wasn't much.  Before I purchased a kit I took the gun apart to see why it didn't have much power anymore and to make sure I didn't need any hard parts.  Washed all the pieces up and got rid of all the gunge inside and soaked the bearings for a day or two in some air tool oil as they were stiff to turn.  Didn't see much wrong with anything else so I decided to put the gun back together and try it.  Lots of power and for all I use it will probably outlast me. 


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Posted January 15, 2021 - 04:16 PM

The nice thing is that in today's throw away world it is still possible to repair this gun with a kit that is still available.  I remember years ago I purchased a 1/2" impact from my friend who is an automotive technician - gave him the same as he would have been allowed on a new one by the Snap On dealer which wasn't much.  Before I purchased a kit I took the gun apart to see why it didn't have much power anymore and to make sure I didn't need any hard parts.  Washed all the pieces up and got rid of all the gunge inside and soaked the bearings for a day or two in some air tool oil as they were stiff to turn.  Didn't see much wrong with anything else so I decided to put the gun back together and try it.  Lots of power and for all I use it will probably outlast me. 

The main issue is most folks won't 'oil' the tool before they use use it. All my air tools get 3-6 drops of oil before I hook them up. Everytime!


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Posted January 15, 2021 - 04:30 PM

3/4 IR gun for $30 is a steal. If you only ever use it once, it’s paid for itself.

 

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Posted January 15, 2021 - 06:17 PM

3/4 IR gun for $30 is a steal. If you only ever use it once, it’s paid for itself.
 
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Yea that's what I was thinking.
Could borrow one off somebody but honestly hate borrowing stuff. Especially the stuff you gotta fix before you use it..
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Posted January 15, 2021 - 06:24 PM

A repeat of what everyone else said- What a deal!! I would like to find one like that for $30! Might only need it a time or two, but if it gets something apart that you couldn't do otherwise it's worth every penny. That might be good on stubborn lug-nuts too.


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