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    Harbor freight grinders are too cheap. Last about 5 minutes each grinding glass...

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    Yep.

    I just replaced my 30 yr old 4" makita grinder thats bearings got sick of fiberglass dust.
    And to those that like the lightness of a 4" grinder, they are gone. The stores have all gone to 4 1/2's so they dont have to carry abraisives for the small and large shaft grinders.

    I even checked Harbor Freight and they had a 4" but w/the larger arbor.
    I just e-bay'd another 4" Makita.

    Also agreed on an air hammer w/a chisel in it. Hydrostreams outer skin is very, very thin though so be prepared fore some outer repair.



    Quote Originally Posted by largecar91 View Post
    I use cheap menards grinders. The dust will eat them up over time
    I'd rather be competitive w/junk I built in my garage than win w/stuff I bought.


    I refuse to allow common sense to interfere w/my boat buying decisions.


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    Quote Originally Posted by XstreamVking View Post
    My tool of choice is the lancelot. But it ain't for the timid. https://www.amazon.com/King-Arthurs-.../dp/B0000224SJ
    Agreed those things are vicious! Beware newbs to this tool, it commands as much respect as fire

    I would never have even thought to use one for core removal, mine sits in a drawer and has only been used once, but with the glass and the wood it does make sense that this would eat it up fast.
    Hydrostream dreamin

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    And I was going to mention if you're good with a trimming saw, no bar oil.

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    I used the 16 and 24 grit Zec wheels after using an oscillating tool for transom and core removal on my Eliminator.

    I used a 4” Milwaukee, and borrowed a 7” Makita from a buddy. I got my own Menard’s 7”, and killed it. The Makita got recommissioned and is still running.

    The 7” covers a lot of area and is controllable, the 4” gets into corners better.

    I don’t suggest trimming your nails with either one! They have zero respect for skin or anything else they touch while rotating.

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    A problem is only a problem when viewed as a problem...

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    A friend of mine has one of these and it has removed the core in my Vulture and at least 3 of his boat and it still works awesome and makes for getting the job done a lot quicker! And I did eventually buy my own. I used and bought the 4 1/2 inch one. More than worth the money.

    https://www.expresscomposites.com/di...ith-5-8-thread

    Hope that helps some.
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    Made in America quality tool....From the people that we get our glass supplies from....

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    Quote Originally Posted by XstreamVking View Post
    My tool of choice is the lancelot. But it ain't for the timid. https://www.amazon.com/King-Arthurs-.../dp/B0000224SJ
    That's exactly what I used to cut out the float boxes and old transoms I've done. It HOGS through 1/4" thick fiberglass like a beast. I just zap the blades quick with a tiny 3" air powered angle grinder to sharpen it up before use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by outasite View Post
    Thanks to all that have responded,I have most of the tools but not all.What I'm lacking is youth,and ambition.Not looking forward to the next chapter!
    Youth and ambition...…. oxymoron !! You do fine, and the next ROMP is more than 7 months away! Merry Christmas , Bobby !!
    why ask me ?


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    I love my oscillating saw! For boat needs in general its awesome.
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    Thanks Nick!!
    And again,thanks to all for taking the time to respond.

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    The oscillating saws are great. But my favorite tools are these for removing good balsa,I found nothing that came close.The "slick" is for peeling bark for log cabins.Click image for larger version. 

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