Paint Shaver Pro
In our travels, we recently came across this interesting tool. It’s made by American International Tool Industries, Inc. and it’s called the Paint Shaver. According to their website, the tool removes paint (leaded or regular) at a rate of 1 square foot per 20 seconds. It essentially looks like an angle grinder with a freaked-out blade and a dust extraction system. The blade guard is designed in such a way that the tool has the abilities of stripping the face of the siding as well as the underside of the next course up simultaneously. It also appears that the blades can be set to a depth, in order to take off as much or as little paint as you want.
Blades are available carbide-tipped as well as diamond-tipped, if you ever have to deal with concrete or fiberglass.
With a price tag of about $600 for the basic set and $700 for a larger kit including extra blades, a video, and a hose, it’s more expensive than your average hand-held tool. But, from the looks of it, it could be a winner on the cost-effective scale. Is $600 really that much to pay considering how much this could speed up your work? If your house is huge or you’ll be using the tool on more than one project, we think, at the very least, it’s worth looking into.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at March 21, 2007 5:15 PM
I have one of these and I used it to work on the oldest Queen Ann in Olympia, Washington. They do what they say, though nails can slow you down. That wasn't a problem on the Queen Ann because we were cleaning cedar shingles, so there were no nails with which to contend.
We were so impressed with this unit we bought a second when we had a whole house project to tackle. We kept our Porter Cable Siding Sander though, because it was necessary to smooth out the results of the job done by the Shaver.
If you really want to make these units into quality tools, run them through a Oneida Dust Deputy Cyclone. You can run the unit all day long without clogging your vacuum filters.