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What air hammer to get and parts availability

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27 Apr 2020 17:16 #39531 by Dtnel
Looking at the CP 717 or the Snappy zip air hammer.

What's your guys opinions. Last time I bought one was back in 94-95 from Mac Tools. I'm sure it wouldn't have nothing on today's tools though.

I've thought about seeing if a kit is available to rebuild it and have a backup. Anyone know if one can get kits that far back?

Didn't want to throw down their diagnostic tools and techniques because it's technically not a diagnostic tool but rather a solution at times.

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27 Apr 2020 20:08 #39534 by Tyler
CP717 and the PH3050 are in different weight classes, IMO.

The Chicago is gonna be a mean sumbitch. :lol: On par with the Astro 4980. The .498 bits are out there, but they're not nearly as common as .398. None of the fancy four-foot-long, nylon-tipped massaging bits.

The Snap-On won't remove everything, but it does know some subtlety. It can be dialed down to 'tickle', as Noah calls it. You can easily rattle off stuff like shifter cables and shear bolts. Less powerful, more versatile.
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27 Apr 2020 21:06 #39535 by Noah
Less powerful you say?
I guess I really have nothing to compare it to, but I've always felt that it's plenty strong.
Mine is about 8 years old now, I love that thing.

Too much plus more equals just right.

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28 Apr 2020 01:26 #39542 by Dtnel
Ok so the CP has the larger shank bits is what you're saying. Back 22-23 yrs ago there was one size shank as the smaller shank was the thing we had to use. Thanks for letting me know this was the larger shank one.

Who's got the better one out there with the standard shanks?

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28 Apr 2020 12:47 #39558 by Tyler

Dtnel wrote: Who's got the better one out there with the standard shanks?


That'd be the Snap-On, IMO. Strongest .398 air hammer I've used thus far. Bits are available everywhere, and cheap.

I love my PH3050 to death, just like Noah said. Six years in and the handle is falling off, chuck is free spinning. Still removes just about everything I ask it to.

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28 Apr 2020 23:09 - 28 Apr 2020 23:10 #39571 by Noah
Chuck free spin if from a stupid roll pin.
Now that I changed it I make sure it doesn't fall out again. I'll send you a picture. I didn't even know it was missing until my Snap-On rep smartened me up.
The grip on mine is held on with black RTV silicone. Good stuff

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30 Apr 2020 16:55 #39638 by Noah
This roll pin is what stops the chuck from free spinning.

Too much plus more equals just right.
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04 May 2020 17:51 #39735 by Tutti57
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I've been using "big nasty" (astro) for about six months and it is a hard hitter. Not as refined as the snap on though. I have a set of grey pneumatic bits, but the larger shank parts are harder to find. We are going through a recall on 2013 Altima rear lower control arms that have two cam bolts on each side that regularly corrode in the bushing. I've had a high success rate using the gun to blast the bolts out before I try cutting them out.

It looks identical to the CP which my friend next to me has, and has named
Big Bertha.

I also use the $50 IR for light duty tasks that it works fine for.

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17 May 2020 15:31 #40068 by Matt T

Dtnel wrote: I've thought about seeing if a kit is available to rebuild it and have a backup. Anyone know if one can get kits that far back?


Searching for your model number on this page might turn up what you need to repair it. If you don't know the model number post up a couple pics and I'll see if I can ID it in my catalogs.

powertoolrepairohio.com/pages.php?pageid=3

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