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  • Next 5" Grinder?

    I'm looking for a new small grinder. Something in the 4.5"-5" variety. Need a momentary or a lock on switch. I'd like something that does 10-11 amps.

    Price is less of an issue as I can get most power tools at wholesale.
    MillerMatic 251
    Maxstar 150 STH
    Cutmaster 42
    Victor Journeyman OA

    A rockcrawler, er money pit, in progress...

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    Next 5" Grinder?

    Love my metabo's can't remember amps but I think in 7-9 area. But I hv a Milwaukee with rear handle its a 11-amp I think (stickers all warn off) I like it as well or better than metabo.
    It's thinner better balanced and more power. If over heat it shuts off then starts right back up. It wasn't cheap but well worth price. Dewalts just wolnt hold up along with all other cheap brands. Ya get what you pay for.

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    • #3
      Next 5" Grinder?

      Ya Milwaukee is probably my fav too and you can even get a 6" guard for the 5" grinder. Powerful too.

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      • #4
        I buy the Porter Cable from lowes, They are 39.00 each and are very user friendly, They may not be as good as a Milwaukee or Metabo but they are very good for the money.

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        • #5
          I have been using Hilti they are the best money can buy bar none. I also use Bosch next in line for me. I have used Dewalt hand drills and will never buy another ever, I like my Dewalt chopsaw though. Milwaukee is also good but for me it is Hilti as a top tier workhorse and my go to brand.


          https://www.us.hilti.com/cutting%2c-..._ANGLE_GRINDER


          Dave
          Last edited by DATEC; 07-24-2015, 07:56 PM.

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          • #6
            I buy the 2 pack of Bosch 4.5" grinders from Amazon for $80-90. Not as many amps as your wanting but I have never felt like I needed more power for a grinder that size. I have one set that's going strong 5+ years now with medium use. Throw some quality sg elastic abrasives on there and go to work.

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            • #7
              I run dewalts from Lowes. Main reason is I like the way they feel in my hand. Cheap enough they are disposable to me although I usually order an extra set of brushes from ebay. I use them hard & they seem to last as expected, which is about 1-2 years.

              http://www.lowes.com/pd_210887-70-DW...dewalt+grinder

              I buy this one. 7 amp, never needed more power on this size grinder.
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              • #8
                I use the BD from Walmart or Menards on sale on occasion. About as good a grinder as I have used, the cords last very well. 30$ retail and sometimes cheaper on sale.

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                • #9
                  SBerry, You are probably buying the same ones different name, Mine used to be BD then Fire Storm and now Porter Cable.

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                  • #10
                    I use the 10 amp Dewalts. I keep brushes in stock. I run about 6 of them, and haven't had much go wrong with them. All but 2 came out of the scrap bin broken. New cord ends or brushes was all it took. 3 or 4 are over 10 years old. I did have to replace a bearing in one recently. I have had a Metabo, and it was a very nice grinder, melted the housing when a bearing went out. I gave it to someone who epoxied it back in shape and ran it.

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                    • #11
                      This has proven insightful but not terribly helpful. Everyone has a different preference.

                      I am leaning towards trying some of the "cheap" grinders. I don't make a living with these tools so my requirements are a bit different. The Porter cable interest me. Part of the dewalt umbrella and low cost!
                      MillerMatic 251
                      Maxstar 150 STH
                      Cutmaster 42
                      Victor Journeyman OA

                      A rockcrawler, er money pit, in progress...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by elvis View Post
                        This has proven insightful but not terribly helpful. Everyone has a different preference.

                        I am leaning towards trying some of the "cheap" grinders. I don't make a living with these tools so my requirements are a bit different. The Porter cable interest me. Part of the dewalt umbrella and low cost!
                        Elvis,
                        Get a Ridgid grinder. Home Depot has a two pack for $79 and they have a lifetime warranty!
                        Nick

                        http://t.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-8-Am...0071/206020983

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                        • #13
                          Next 5" Grinder?

                          Elvis like many things a lot of choices.
                          If not extreme heavy use then mid price range grinders are fine and will last a long wile.
                          Some of my work requires cutting apart large drill bits. I sometimes run 2 grinders for 4-6 hrs straight, when one gets to hot lay it down & run the other one till it gets to hot & so-forth. Also in heavy equipment repair you sometimes lean on them hard. So in that application the midrange grinders just are not as cost efficient.
                          Sounds like your making the right choice.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Portable Welder View Post
                            SBerry, You are probably buying the same ones different name, Mine used to be BD then Fire Storm and now Porter Cable.
                            I finally burned 1 or 2 up, one was brushes and am tempted to score some repair parts. While it doesn't make sense to repair a 30$ grinder its the same as the work to repair a 100$ one. The cords have lasted so well on these and the plastic looks new even when they are well worn.
                            I havnt ran them constant past burning a whole wheel with one, maybe 2 but they get loaded hard.
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                            • #15
                              Maybe consider the Metabo WEF9-125 Flat Head Angle Grinder, 4-1/2-Inch-5-Inch, Green/Black.
                              http://www.amazon.com/Metabo-WEF9-12...etabo+grinders

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