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  • Firestorm grinder died today

    Looking for advice on a new one. Did a quick search and didn't see anything in the first 2 pages.

    I am looking for one at least 7 amps, 4 1/2 inch and will last longer than a couple of months.

    I don't have an unlimited budget, but don't mind spending for quality. Also would like to keep it below $80.00.

    Thanks
    Rick

    Trying to succeed, Learning by failing
    HH210 (Merry Christmas to Me)
    HH 140
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    HydMech 225 cold saw
    several grinders
    Rigid Chop Saw
    4x6 band saw
    Never enough clamps

  • #2
    http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...hlight=grinder

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    • #3
      I would love to have the industrial version of dewalts 4 1/2", I think its an 802 or something like that or the Metabo. Brrn waiting for my 2 B&D 4 1/2" grinders to die for 5 or 6 years so I could, they just won't after 10 or more.
      "The only source of knowledge is experience." Albert Einstein

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      • #4
        thanks

        Found this at Tractor Supply. Never had a Dewalt anything

        http://www.tractorsupply.com/tools/p...rinder-3806811

        Any comments about this grinder most weldcomed
        Rick

        Trying to succeed, Learning by failing
        HH210 (Merry Christmas to Me)
        HH 140
        Hyper Therm Powermax 600
        Hobart Stickmate AC/DC
        Forge
        Victor & Harris Oxy/Act
        HydMech 225 cold saw
        several grinders
        Rigid Chop Saw
        4x6 band saw
        Never enough clamps

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        • #5
          tractor supply also sells the 10amp 4.5 dewalt
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          • #6
            Ridgid-Hitichi

            Ridgid-Hitichi are very good grinders for the money, my ridgid I have had for 10 years, it has ground more metal, been dropped, and abused- keeps going. The hitichi is very powerful, only used it for 2-3 years, but has been very good, both of the grinders are in the 8-9 amp range. If you require more power than this, buy a 9 inch grinder!
            Kevin
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            • #7
              I have the 4.5" dewalt 10 amp grinder. Has plenty of power & I like the way it fits in my hand. I have also used a craftsman which lasted long but it felt to big, not comfortable.
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              • #8
                Try the DeWalt

                The 5" with 7.5 amp motor is a good one. I don't care for the orange O ring on the spindle though. The spindle nut doesn't want to tighten up on some .045 cutting wheels.
                The Makita's seem to loose power(rpm's) more than the DeWalts. The gears break in the DeWalts. HD and TSC have both for about $65. The 12 amp Milwaukee has a more comfortable switch but costs $100.
                Last edited by deafman; 11-28-2009, 06:01 AM.

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                • #9
                  I just bought a 2 pack of bosch 4-1/2" at home depot for $80, not totally disappointed but not thrilled either, they are 6 amp I believe and seem to be short on power. but having those two plus my dewalt 10 amp 4-1/2" is very convenient, and I leave the tough jobs to the dewalt. It's nice to grab another grinder rather than switch wheels / brushes constantly, that being said, forty bucks each wasn't bad, but if it was my only one, I would't by the bosch.

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                  • #10
                    i have both makita and dewalt not sure on their specs but i have had the makita for 8 years of hellish abuse and i used the makita almost everyday for the last 2 years both great tools never had a single problem and never felt underpowered.
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                    • #11
                      Makita Grinders

                      Originally posted by strictlycarved View Post
                      i have both makita and dewalt not sure on their specs but i have had the makita for 8 years of hellish abuse and i used the makita almost everyday for the last 2 years both great tools never had a single problem and never felt underpowered.
                      Ditto. Used them in the salt air in the US ****** Islands for 3 years and now in the FL Keys. Have 4 of the Makita version. Been dropped, kicked, thrown, rained on, etc. Haven't had one quit. Don't much like buying overseas stuff but these are tough machines by my standard.
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                      • #12
                        Picked up the 7.5 amp Dewalt on sale at TSC plus a $5 off coupon. Just over $48 out the door. I just wish they had 2 of them.

                        I may pick up a 10 amp after I get this project completed and make a payday
                        Rick

                        Trying to succeed, Learning by failing
                        HH210 (Merry Christmas to Me)
                        HH 140
                        Hyper Therm Powermax 600
                        Hobart Stickmate AC/DC
                        Forge
                        Victor & Harris Oxy/Act
                        HydMech 225 cold saw
                        several grinders
                        Rigid Chop Saw
                        4x6 band saw
                        Never enough clamps

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                        • #13
                          After playing with the new grinder for several hours, I like the lighter weight of the dewalt. I don't like the side switch, thank God for leather aprons.
                          Rick

                          Trying to succeed, Learning by failing
                          HH210 (Merry Christmas to Me)
                          HH 140
                          Hyper Therm Powermax 600
                          Hobart Stickmate AC/DC
                          Forge
                          Victor & Harris Oxy/Act
                          HydMech 225 cold saw
                          several grinders
                          Rigid Chop Saw
                          4x6 band saw
                          Never enough clamps

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                          • #14
                            In 4.5" I have the 7 amp DeWalt, the 10 amp DeWalt, a Metabo, and two cheap Lowe's Specials. I have them all handy and I will tell you this, the only one I grind with is the 10A DeWalt. The Metabo is a close second, so I keep cutoff wheels on it. 7 amp DeWalt doesn't have the umph, so it keeps a wire wheel. The 20 dollar Lowe's grinders do a fine job sanding with a rubber backer disk and wire wheeling. They won't do much more. Therefore, one has a rubber backer and sanding disk, while the other has a SS wire brush.

                            They've all lasted a long time because I don't ask them to do more than they can. And with 5 grinders, only the 10A DeWalt gets a hard workout. But it will grind like a 9" no kidding. You can't hardly slow it down. It is tough.

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                            • #15
                              Grinder for free!

                              Originally posted by ricksidebottom View Post
                              After playing with the new grinder for several hours, I like the lighter weight of the dewalt. I don't like the side switch, thank God for leather aprons.
                              Tri GAs (matheson) had a deal going where you bout 25 disks you got the grinder for free. Another part was you bought 100 you got the bigger grinder for free. But you had to buy steel grinding disks and I use more of the aluminum grinding type and they woulndn't make the change.
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