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#207583 - 11/07/12 07:00 PM Should I buy an Air Knife?
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I saw this ad on ebay and I'm tempted:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Air-knife-compre...=item2ec338090a

Those things are like $1200 a pop. To make it easy to dig up lines. I am not sure I want to add the price of compressor rental to estimates. It sure as hell would make digging hard ground easier.

Anybody have experience with these?


Edited by hendo (11/07/12 07:00 PM)

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#207585 - 11/07/12 10:08 PM Re: Should I buy an Air Knife? [Re: hendo]
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I suppose it really depends on what your usual soil is like.
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#207589 - 11/08/12 08:33 AM Re: Should I buy an Air Knife? [Re: hendo]
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Hendo, I never heard of such a thing.

Looks interesting, though. Sure, it's easy to spend someone else's money ... but I sure hope you get one, use it, and let the rest of us know!

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#207590 - 11/08/12 09:11 AM Re: Should I buy an Air Knife? [Re: hendo]
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I am still trying to figure what you do with it. I can see some value for crossing a flagged area in the right of way to blow the dirt away from a buried utility but I don't see you digging much of a trench with it. Around here it would just be a sand storm generator.

One suggested use is troubling, "ground rod installation". Ground rods need to be driven, not buried.
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#207592 - 11/08/12 04:51 PM Re: Should I buy an Air Knife? [Re: hendo]
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locating lines:

http://youtu.be/el6jMd53QS8

among other things


Edited by hendo (11/08/12 04:51 PM)

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#207593 - 11/08/12 06:25 PM Re: Should I buy an Air Knife? [Re: hendo]
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Only ones I have ever seen use an air knife are the public works guys for cleaning out the joint lines on concrete roads before they re-caulk them.

I may have also seen the hydro vac crews using them at some sites instead of a water jet.

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#207597 - 11/08/12 10:25 PM Re: Should I buy an Air Knife? [Re: gfretwell]
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Originally Posted By: gfretwell
Around here it would just be a sand storm generator.
I think you would eat a lot of dirt.

I wonder how it would do in heavy, wet clay soil. The kind that sticks to your shovel and builds up on your boots until you can't walk.

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#207598 - 11/08/12 11:03 PM Re: Should I buy an Air Knife? [Re: hendo]
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The one I was curious about was southern Maryland bank run gravel and clay. It is basically concrete with a little clay replacing the cement.
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#207616 - 11/10/12 05:46 PM Re: Should I buy an Air Knife? [Re: gfretwell]
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Looks like you could almost make your own. Mach 2 and no sonic boom? Hmm..

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