Updated December 05, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

The 8 Best Needle Scalers

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This wiki has been updated 16 times since it was first published in November of 2018. Many people look at rusted beams and car chassis and think, "Junk." But those who are equipped with one of these handy needle scalers know that old metal can be brought back to like-new condition with just a bit of elbow grease. If you restore old vehicles, boats, or engines, these tools are a necessity. We've included both bayonet and pistol types to suit every need and working environment. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. Ingersoll Rand 125 Standard Duty

2. Sunex SX246

3. Chicago Pneumatic Tool CP7125

Editor's Notes

March 08, 2021:

Though it had been some time since we last updated this list, it turns out that it didn't matter. After carefully reviewing the other options on the market, we couldn't find any better models that deserved to usurp a spot from one of our current recommendations. We were hoping to be able to include an electric scaler at this time, but there simply aren't any available yet that we felt comfortable including, so for the time being, it looks like you will have to stick with a pneumatic model and an air compressor.

December 01, 2018:

While a needle scaler's ability to effectively remove rust, paint, mill scale, and weld spatter was a top priority, we thought it just as important to focus on a tool's durability as well. We believe that a tool that functions extremely well, but breaks after a couple of uses is almost more disappointing that one that doesn't work at all for its intended purpose. At least the latter doesn't get your hopes up in the beginning just to dash them unexpectedly.

Special Honors

Ingersoll Rand 170 A pistol-style model with a rubber-overmolded grip, the Ingersoll Rand 170 is comfortable to hold, making it a smart choice for those who expect to be using it for long periods of time on big jobs. It is capable of up to 3,000 blows per minute for quick material removal. ingersollrand.com

4. Chicago Pneumatic Tool CP7115

5. Sunex SX247

6. Jet JAT-801

7. Astro 4320 In-Line

8. Klutch Composite


Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on December 05, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.


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