AGR tools: A user's guide
Power toolsBTB WK10HD
Supplier: BTB Auto Glass & Body Shop Tools, www.btbtools.com
Description: Auto glass removal tool with reciprocating stroke, adjustable from 1⁄16 to 1⁄4 inch. Floating pistons provide cushioned and balanced blade stroke, producing safe levels of hand-arm vibration as defined by the International Organization for Standardization in ISO 5349 and ISO 8662.
Power source-requirements: Small compressor or pressured air bottle
Operating speed: Variable; maximum 5,800 strokes per minute
Weight: 2.4 pounds
Type and size of blades it can accommodate: 4-to-15-inch-long; for encapsulated glass; powered cold-knife
Safety features: Safety power trigger
Ergonomic features: Fits comfortably in one hand
Accessories included: Patented, adjustable, blade-depth controller arms; air hacksaw blade and guide; spare locking screw; universal Allen key for blade change and tool oiling
Warranty: 12 months standard; up to two years available.
Equalizer Express 360
Supplier: Equalizer Industries Inc., www.equalizer.com
Description: 120-volt, electric, multipurpose auto glass removal tool
Power source-requirements: 13 amp motor-120 volts, 1560 watts
Operating speed: up to 3,000 strokes per minute
Weight: Approximately 9.5 pounds
Type and size of blades it can accommodate: Equalizer Express: BFE1400, 3 inches wide, 10 inches long; BFE1401, 11⁄2 inches wide, 10 inches long; LBE1402, 3 inches wide, 12 inches long; LBE1403, 11⁄2 inches wide, 12 inches long; RLE1404, 3 inches wide, 14 inches long; BFE1420 finger blade, 10 inches long; BFS1421, 11⁄2 inches wide, 10 inches long; BFS1422, 3 inches wide, 10 inches long
Safety features: Locking blade latch that holds the blade in place; sheath to protect dash and vehicle interior from damage
Ergonomic features: 360-degree rotating handle; oscillating and reciprocating stroke. Tool requires technicians to primarily use upper torso muscles when cutting.
Accessories included: One BFE1400 Express blade and a foam-lined, plastic carrying case Warranty: One year. Covers factory defects only; does not cover abuse, misuse or normal wear and tear.
Extractor Milwaukee MAX18
Supplier: Crystal Glass Canada Ltd., Extractor, www.extractor.ca
Description: Industrial, 18-volt auto glass removal tool, part number EXT-PROCM2
Power source-requirements: 18 volt battery
Operating speed: 2,800 strokes per minute
Weight: 8.75 pounds
Type and size of blades it can accommodate: Extractor blades only: EXT-BLDXL or EXT-DELTA-XL; both are 73⁄4 inches long
Safety features: Trigger power lock off
Ergonomic features: Weight and low vibration level reduce operator fatigue and discomfort, and maximize productivity
Accessories included: Battery, extra blade, 18-volt charger and training video on CD-ROM
Warranty: One year from date of purchase.
Supplier: Fein Power Tools Inc., www.feinus.com
Description: Auto glass removal tool suitable for use on windshields, quarter glasses and back glasses. Oscillating action makes tool particularly useful for removing encapsulated glass with little or no damage to the vehicle.
Power source-requirements: Available in 110- or 220-volt models that can be used with a motor generator or inverter. Minimum inverter size recommended: 700 watts. Air-pneumatic version also available.
Operating speed: 11,000 to 18,500 oscillations per minute
Weight: 2.86 pounds
Type and size of blades it can accommodate: Blades for every vehicle on the market, including long, straight for the tops and sides of the windshield; bent for back glass sliders; blades with depth stops; and hook blades for cutting out the entire windshield from the vehicle exterior
Safety features: Double insulated to prevent electrical shock
Ergonomic features: Newly designed housing; low vibration; ideally located switch
Accessories included: Three-pack of Gator blades: 3⁄4 inch, 1 inch and 11⁄2 inches; sharpening stone; 5-millimeter Allen wrench
Warranty: One year, standard. Users can increase warranty to three years if they follow warranty instructions; known as the “1+ 2” warranty.
Price: Varies by distributor