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Should I buy an Air Knife? #207583 11/07/12 10:00 PM
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I saw this ad on ebay and I'm tempted:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Air-knife-c..._DefaultDomain_0&hash=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?

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Re: Should I buy an Air Knife? [Re: hendo] #207585 11/08/12 01:08 AM
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I suppose it really depends on what your usual soil is like.


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Re: Should I buy an Air Knife? [Re: hendo] #207589 11/08/12 11:33 AM
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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!

Re: Should I buy an Air Knife? [Re: hendo] #207590 11/08/12 12:11 PM
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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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Re: Should I buy an Air Knife? [Re: hendo] #207592 11/08/12 07:51 PM
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locating lines:

http://youtu.be/el6jMd53QS8

among other things

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Re: Should I buy an Air Knife? [Re: hendo] #207593 11/08/12 09:25 PM
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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.

Re: Should I buy an Air Knife? [Re: gfretwell] #207597 11/09/12 01:25 AM
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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.

Re: Should I buy an Air Knife? [Re: hendo] #207598 11/09/12 02:03 AM
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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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Re: Should I buy an Air Knife? [Re: gfretwell] #207616 11/10/12 08:46 PM
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Looks like you could almost make your own. Mach 2 and no sonic boom? Hmm..


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