angle grinder

Old 02-01-06, 01:44 AM
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What would be the bestmodel/ brand for small projects. I was looking at a 4 1/2 in wheel.
Old 02-01-06, 05:21 AM
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It would really depend on how much you will use it. You can spend over $100 for a good Dewalt, Porter Cable, etc. and use it occasionally and be fine. But, although I don't skimp on the tools I use daily, the grinder is one of those things I may use 3 times a year to cut off a rebar, bolt, or grind down something. I opted to get an inexpensive one $29 from Harbor Freight, and it works for me. If your situation is different, then you can justify the higher cost.
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I use the 5" size. I have a fairly new Metabo and an old Bosch that is pre-takeover by Black&Decker so it's a good one. Each one was over $100 and has lots of power. When I'm grinding off a bolt or cleaning welding surfaces/slag I want it done now. Hitachi makes a nice unit as well.
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You might want to see if there is a reconditioned power tool outlet in your area. They usually have the same warrantty as new. I bought a reconditioned black & decker 4" grinder 15-20 yrs ago, don't remember what I paid but do remember the savings was significant.

BTW the grinder still works great. I did have to tape up the cord where it got in the way but no tool is garunteed against stupidity
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A Ryobi goes for about $30 at Home Depot. It works perfectly well.

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