July 8, 2008

Campbell Hausfeld Air Tools - Review

Campbell_hausfeld_air_tools.jpgThis month Campbell Hausfeld, one of the most well respected names in the pneumatic world, is releasing a number of air tools to be sold exclusively at Home Depot. The tools come complete with storage cases and accessories. We had the opportunity to check out a few, so we gave them a good beating and here's what we thought.

In total, the series includes five tools; an impact wrench, an air ratchet, an air hammer, an air die grinder, and a cut-off tool. We tested the wrench, the ratchet, and the hammer.

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First, the tools are set to be sold for $20 each, except for the wrench and ratchet which will be in the $25 range. At this oddly low price, we were seriously expecting the tools to be nothing more than class B junk. But upon opening them up and getting them out of their cases, were were pretty surprised at how sturdy they felt. In the hands they nearly had the feel of a professional set of tools. Of course they're not perfect and they're obviously not the quality of their $150 older brothers (how could they be?), but they're far above what we were expecting for $20-$25.

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So we got them all oiled and used them around the shop for a solid week and we're happy to report that the tools are great. When directly compared to the more expensive versions, the numbers on these tools are on the low to medium, but to the casual user, you'll never know the difference. They're strong enough for any work you'll be doing on the mower and changing your tires should be no problem now.

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There are two things that add to the presentation of these tools. First, each tool comes with one or two accessories which, if you're a part time user, might be all you need and if not, it's a good start. For example, the air ratchet comes with three sockets (10mm, 12mm, and 14mm) and the impact wrench includes a combo socket (13/16" and 3/4") as well as a 3" extension.

Campbell_hausfeld_impact_in.jpgBut probably the most interesting thing about these tools are the innovative cases that they come in. The cases are small and unobtrusive, in fact you could have the entire set of tools and it would only take up less than 16 inches of shelf space. Each case holds the tool (with the tool handle as the case handle) as well as a few accessories.

If you're a professional mechanic, you'll probably want to keep looking, but if you're someone who likes to tinker with small engines, play around with large engines, or you just want a nice little set of pneumatics for the shop, you couldn't ask for a better value.

These tools will be available exclusively at Home Depot.

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