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Old 03-24-2015, 02:36 PM
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Default Re: Questions about Artisan or Classic

Hi Dad of 3
As far as handles: rubber, burl wood and stainless; there is no difference in power. Possibly slightly with the stainless but don't purchase a stainless handle for that reason.

To try and answer some of your questions I have copy and pasted info from various earlier threads below:

The difference between the Classic and Artisan is the stroke collar. The
stroke collar on the Classic provides the power of several sized hand pieces
in one. It is similar to setting the back swing of a hammer hitting a punch.
It can be set at a short back swing or longer one. The PSI flow through the
foot pedal or PalmControl controls the power and speed within a given stroke
length setting. It is similar to gears in a car. Set it in first gear
(short stroke) and you have good low end, delicate control. Or set it in
fifth gear and you can cut much deeper than in first gear. It can still cut
delicate lines in fifth gear but it is easier to cut delicate lines in first
gear. Continuing this analogy of gears, the Artisan is fixed
in 3rd gear.

The Classic and PalmControl are already set up to do quick change without collets by only using 3/32" square gravers themselves.

Below are the methods in the manual about changing gravers in the Classic and PalmControl. If switching a lot, I use method #1 (no collects needed) or method 2 is also quick. For work on the knives I didn't change gravers very often and so I would use method 3.

1: Slip a graver in and out of the tool hole. Gravers are held from rotating or falling out of the tool hole because of the oring, yet they may be pulled out or pushed in easily. This works best with 3/32" square shank gravers. To prepare the tool, insert a 3/32" square graver and leave the setscrew slightly backed off from the surface of the graver. The screw acts as an index in this way and the friction of the O-ring in the front of the tool hole prevents the graver from falling out. Once the setscrew is set, it does not need to be adjusted to change gravers.

2. Utilizes a thumb screw for a more secure grip. This will work with any shank graver (round or square) under .133" in size. Remove the setscrew and use the knurled thumbscrew in its place. The graver can be tightened down for a more secure grip than #1.

3. The third way to use the tool holder is with a set screw and wrench. This will provide the most secure hold. It will work with any shank graver (round or square) under .133" in size.

4. The fourth method is to remove the setscrew or thumb screw from the AirGraver's nose completely, and just slip the 3/32" square graver shanks in/out. It is similar to #1", but with the set screw completely removed. The rubber o-ring is then all that is used to hold the graver in the tool hole.

5. Last method is using the quick change extensions for the Classic. They provide extra length for large hands or if wanting to get more use from a short graver.


Here are some earlier threads about comparing the tools:

Lindsay Thread 1 or Grs system
The Lindsay, or The GRS
Compressor Queries.
Lindsay PalmControl and the GRS Airtact
PalmControl or Airtact ?

The Artisan hand piece together with foot control, idle adjust regulators is $844. This is the least expensive AirGraver® , together with a tungsten piston it is more versatile in power and speed than any competitor's top-end product. Top end power with the stainless piston is reached around 60psi where as the tungsten piston can be taken up to 80psi. The tungsten will really will kick-in up in that psi.

If desired to keep the overall price down of a system an air compressor can be expensive. However, because the AirGraver®s do not require very much air volume, the smaller inexpensive compressors work fine. Ace hardware and Wal-Mart carry a $59 compressor as well as a $99 one. They aren't as quiet as the Silentaire compressor but other than the noise they do fine. One way around the noise problem is to place the compressor in another room or in your garage and run an air line through the wall.


Below is a chart. It shows the various impact speeds at different stroke adjustments of the Classic handpiece. The Artisan doesn't have this stroke adjustment but is fixed at the mid stroke length. Follow the "Medium Stroke" speeds on the chart to see the speed ranges for the Artisan. The tungsten piston also works in the Artisan and there is a column for that. Follow the medium stroke column there too. For both the Artisan and the Classic the PSI ranges are adjusted with the foot control or the PalmControl® handle.
Steve Lindsay
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