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Best Air Cut-Off Tools 2020 – Reviews & Top Picks

Using an air cut-off tool
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Air cut-off tools generally aren’t that expensive, but you could spend the same amount of money on two different models and get a radically different experience with each. One may last forever and cut materials far harder than it ought to be able to, while the other may fall apart within a few uses.

It can be hard to shop online for these tools, as you have no real way of knowing if you’re getting a good deal from reading a product description and looking at a few pictures. We want you to be well-informed when you buy, which is why we’ve created this list of reviews of some of the best air cut-off tools of 2020. This list should help you find a model that will work well will fit in your budget, and will also give you many years of low-frustration service.

Our Top 3 Picks of 2020 Compared:

Image Product Details
Best Overall
Winner
Astro 209 ONYX Astro 209 ONYX
  • In-line design
  • Lock-out throttle protection
  • Adjustable guard
  • Best Value
    Second place
    DEWALT DWMT70784 DEWALT DWMT70784
  • Aluminum body
  • Touch control trigger
  • Cushion grip
  • Third place
    Ingersoll Rand 326G 3-Inch Ingersoll Rand 326G 3-Inch
  • Great shield
  • Front exhaust
  • Good price
  • Tooluxe Tools 3 Tooluxe Tools 3"
  • Affordable
  • Suitable for light-duty use
  • WORKPAD WORKPAD
  • Aluminum build
  • 9,000 RPM
  • Safety handle
  • Top 8 Best Air Cut Off Tools:

    1. Astro 209 ONYX Air Cut-Off Tool – Best Overall

    Astro 209 ONYX

    The Astro 209 ONYX is our choice for the best air cut off tool. It comes with an in-line design that keeps the entire device compact and easy to use. It comes with lock-out throttle protection, which makes it hard to accidentally start the device, which is a great safety feature, and also means you won’t accidentally cut where you don’t want to. It comes with an adjustable guard, which is great for channeling sparks away from you.

    It also comes with variable speed control, which means you can set the speed to the project at hand. Customizing the speed to the material you’re currently working on means that you get a better cut, with fewer jagged edges, and fewer false starts where you can’t efficiently cut through the material. However, this device has a high CFM, so despite its small size, you need a compressor with a big tank and a big output as well to get a good amount of power out of this model. If you already have a good compressor, you’re set. Given all the upside to this model, it would be hard to place it any lower than first on our list.

    Pros
    • In-line design
    • Lock-out throttle protection
    • Adjustable guard
    • Variable speed control
    Cons
    • Needs a good compressor

    2. DEWALT DWMT70784 Air Cut-Off Tool – Best Value

    DEWALT DWMT70784

    The DEWALT DWMT70784 is easily best for the money on our list. It comes with a lightweight aluminum body, which provides plenty of strength but also keeps the weight down, making a strong, but lightweight device. The touch control trigger is easy to use but also features a safety, so that you won’t set this model off accidentally. It also comes with a cushion grip which makes it more comfortable to use than competing models. Those two features together make a big difference in how much you’ll like using the tool relative to its competition.

    This model is also great for use with smaller compressors. It has a lower CFM, so while you’ll always get the best high-end performance from bigger compressors, you can still get good performance even when the pressure isn’t as high. The one problem with this model is that it’s a bit bulky, which makes precision work a bit harder, and will wear your hand out more quickly if you’re planning to use it for hours at a time. However, the price on this model is fantastic, and if you’re looking to get a deal on an efficient model, this is the model for you.

    Pros
    • Aluminum body
    • Touch control trigger
    • Good for smaller compressors
    • Cushion grip
    Cons
    • Bulky

    3. Ingersoll Rand 326G 3-Inch Air Cut Off Tool

    Ingersoll Rand 326G 3-Inch

    The Ingersoll Rand 326G 3-inch is an interesting air cut-off tool, given it has a mixed bag of strengths and weaknesses. It has one of the best shields on the market. It’s larger than most shields and is also made from steel for superior protection from flying debris. It also has a front exhaust, which blows the hot air away from you, instead of the rear exhaust common on other models. That makes it more comfortable to use. You can also get it at a good price, which is always a plus.

    However, the giant shield makes it quite bulky and bad for cuts that you need to make in tight spaces. It also has an annoying safety. There’s no way you’re going to turn this model on by accident, but that also means that it’s hard to turn on when you want it on. That means you lose a bit of time every time you use this tool, but also that it’s going to be more frustrating than other models in that regard. However, if you don’t mind how bulky it is and want an air cut-off tool that is very safe to use, this is the model for you.

    Pros
    • Great shield
    • Front exhaust
    • Good price
    Cons
    • Bulky
    • Annoying safety

    4. Tooluxe Tools 3″ Air Cut Off Tool

    Tooluxe 50002L

    The Tooluxe 3-inch air-powered cutting tool will be great for the buyer on a budget. This is one of the most affordable tools you are ever likely to encounter. It has more than just a wallet-friendly price tag, too. The tool features a free speed rating of 18,000 RPM and a maximum 90 PSI, which is more than enough utility for the buyer that is trying to outfit their garage tool chest with a decent light duty product.

    Unfortunately, this tool leaves much to be desired in a professional setting. It is not very durable and power will be a problem as well. If you are trying to work with tougher materials, this won’t be the product you reach for.

    Pros
    • Affordable
    • Suitable for light-duty use
    Cons
    • Not very durable
    • Power will be an issue

    5. WORKPAD Air Body Saw Multi-function Pneumatic Reciprocating Saw Air Powered Mini Tool

    WORKPAD Air Body Saw

    The Workpad features a moderate price tag and a durable aluminum build that will ensure that it stands the test of time. The reciprocating mini saw is able to operate at up to 9,000 RPM, giving ample juice for tackling your average tasks. It also comes equipped with a safety handle that will prevent harmful misfires.

    Unfortunately, the hardware is somewhat mediocre. The joining screws tend to rust prematurely, which may have a big impact on the ultimate utility of the tool. It is also fairly limited in what it will be able to cut. If you need something with a ton of power this won’t be the tool you look for.

    Pros
    • Moderate price
    • Aluminum build
    • 9,000 RPM
    • Safety handle
    Cons
    • Hardware tends to rust
    • Not extremely powerful

    6. Astro Pneumatic Tool 409 Quick Change In-Line 4″ Cut-Off Tool

    Astro Pneumatic Tool 409

    Next, we have another tool from Astro Pneumatic. The 409 features a power rating of ¾ HP which should be enough to suit the needs of the average do-it-yourselfer.
    It is also relatively easy to maintain. The discs can be changed without the use of tools, making it a handy option for people that want a low-maintenance piece of equipment.
    The unit also features a 4-inch cutting capacity that should lend plenty of utility.

    As always, there are a couple of issues you will want to be aware of. For one thing, it is among the priciest tools on our list. For another, it isn’t extremely durable. It may break down relatively quickly under heavy-duty use.

    Pros
    • NA
    Cons
    • NA

    7. Campbell Hausfeld XT200000 Air Cut Off Tool, 3″ Cutting Disc

    Campbell Hausfeld XT200000

    The Campbell Hausfeld is an affordable product with a 3-inch cutting disc. It features a maximum speed of 20,000 RPM, which will be a good rating for most applications standard to the average do-it-yourselfer.

    It also features a light bodyweight that will make it easy to use during long work sessions and a rubber grip that many users will find comfortable.

    There are two issues you will want to be aware of. For one thing, torque is a little bit lacking. It certainly won’t satisfy the needs of the professional. It’s also a little bit lacking in durability. If you are looking for something you can use every day, this won’t be it.

    Pros
    • Affordable
    • Great maximum speed
    • Light bodyweight
    •  
    Cons
    • Not very durable
    • Lacking in torque

    8. AIRCAT 6560 1 Hp 4″ Composite Cut-Off Tool

    AIRCAT 6560

    We close the list out with the Aircat. This unit features 1 HP of power which should be more than enough to satisfy the needs of the average user. It also comes complete with a light bodyweight and a comfort grip that should stand up well to prolonged periods of use.

    Finally, it comes equipped with a rear exhaust system that is designed for safety.
    You may, however, be disappointed to learn that this is among the priciest of tools on our list. The cost of the unit also yields some value concerns.

    Despite being quite pricey it does not necessarily outperform some of the more affordable tools on our list. This is especially true when you factor in the cheap hardware that holds the tool together, and the overall durability issues that plague the Aircat.

    It’s ultimately not a bad tool for the amateur user but your money will be better spent elsewhere.

    Pros
    • Powerful
    • Comfort grip
    • Light bodyweight
    Cons
    • Not very durable
    • Cheap hardware
    • Pricey
    • Value concerns

    Conclusion

    The Astro 209 ONYX is our favorite model due to its in-line design, variable speed control, and adjustable guard, which makes it easy to make cuts at any angle. The DEWALT DWMT70784 is our choice for best for the money, given its low price, lightweight and strong aluminum body, and how well it works with undersized compressors. However, it misses out on first due to its bulky case, which makes it hard to use for long stretches. The Ingersoll Rand 326G 3-inch has a great shield and expels hot exhaust out the front, but is also bulky and has an annoying safety, dropping it to third on our list. All of these air cut-off tools are worth checking out, and since they have different features and come at different price points, it now comes down to you to find the model that’s right for you.

    We hope that our reviews have helped you understand what makes for a good air cut-off tool. Armed with this information, you should be able to find a model at a great price that you’ll also love using.

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