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Old 04-04-2008, 02:00 PM   #1
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Default 4-1/2" grinders

My last 40$ B&D just burned up (seems like crap always breaks on friday afternoons). I've been using the cheapos and get 18-24 months of hard use out of'm. Never tried a high dollar one like Dewalt or Milwaulkee. Do they last long enough to justify the additional cost?
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Old 04-04-2008, 03:08 PM   #2
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I busted the safty on the switch the first time I used my new Milwaukee. Other than that it works good.
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Old 04-04-2008, 03:22 PM   #3
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I got a 2 pack deal at home depot on the ryobi ones, I keep a grinding wheel on one, and a cutting wheel on the other, I also have a harbor freight one that is almost worn out that I keep a wire brush wheel on, it saves alot of time because you don't have to keep changing out wheels, and it makes them all last longer because your not constantly using the same one, when i went to get a new Ryobi it was 29.99 for one or 39.99 for the 2 pack.
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Old 04-04-2008, 03:49 PM   #4
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Default Re: 4-1/2" grinders

I use a Dewalt, and haven't ever had a problem with it. I don't use it constantly, and I don't abuse it, so that kinda helps.
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Old 04-04-2008, 03:53 PM   #5
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Default Re: 4-1/2" grinders

I have two makitas. They work pretty good. Just gotta keep them clean, (inside and out) and they last a good while.
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Old 04-04-2008, 04:27 PM   #6
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4-1/2" grinders suck, go big or go home.
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Old 04-04-2008, 04:35 PM   #7
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big grinders don't fitt in small spaces.
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Old 04-04-2008, 05:25 PM   #8
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Default Re: 4-1/2" grinders

I've had a 4 1/2 dewalt grinder for years now...granted it doesn't get alot of heavy use but it hasn't failed me yet

Dewalt has two 4 1/2 grinders they sell.. check the amperage on them before you buy...and get the one with the higher amperage if you have a tendency of burning them up

buying the best quality tools that you can afford only hurts once..buying poor quality tools hurts again (and again)
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Old 04-04-2008, 05:38 PM   #9
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Default Re: 4-1/2" grinders

I have been using a Hitachi and it seems to be pretty good. It came with a few grinding wheels and that was a nice benefit. It was also a little cheaper than the Dewalt.
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Old 04-04-2008, 05:54 PM   #10
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Default Re: 4-1/2" grinders

I've got 1 makita, 2 HF, 1 dewalt, all in use with different crap on them. Makitas suck because they are 4" and use a different thread on the shaft.

1 HF is about 5 years old and the front housing is broken from using a wire cup but still working, 1 is older and still works great.

I say a good $50 dewalt from costco (8 amp IIRC) for the heavy work and the cheapies for all the other crap you use grinders for except wire cups.
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Old 04-04-2008, 06:48 PM   #11
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It sounds like nobody is running the 12-14amp - 160$ milwaulkee or dewalts? Yea I like to have more than one around too. But I dont replace them as they wear out and eventually I'm down to one , then none... I'll see what costco has when in town. They don't show any on their web site so I'm guessing it's not a regular stock item. If I can find 8A dewalts for 50$ ea I'll buy a bunch!
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Old 04-04-2008, 07:19 PM   #12
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Love my DeWalt man, also have a DeWalt 300FTlb corded impact by them, both freakin rock....
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Old 04-04-2008, 07:20 PM   #13
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I use them heavely, because I dont have a plasma or a torch, the Ryobis have been good to me for the price, the HF one lasted 2 years and still goes but its about burnt up.
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Old 04-04-2008, 07:30 PM   #14
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Default Re: 4-1/2" grinders

Costco had the dewalts within the last 2 weeks, not positive about the amps, I'll looks later.
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9.0 amps
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Old 04-04-2008, 07:59 PM   #16
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Default Re: 4-1/2" grinders

i believe its the 7 amp dewalt one at home depot i got it 70 bucks and has the side locking switch that works great if you doing long grinds and filing stuff down
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Default Re: 4-1/2" grinders

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i believe its the 7 amp dewalt one at home depot i got it 70 bucks and has the side locking switch that works great if you doing long grinds and filing stuff down
This one has the side thumb switch instead of a paddle also. DW818 I believe.
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they have a 2 pack of makita for 79.00 @ Home depot
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Default Re: 4-1/2" grinders

4" or 4 1/2"? Do they have the standard 5/8" or the 12mm arbor?
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Default Re: 4-1/2" grinders

ive always used milwaukee tools for all my metal work. i have 2 of the 4.5" i bought a second because my older one started sounding sick and i thought it was on its way out. that was about 5 years ago and im still using it . i bet ive had that one since 2002, the newer one since 2004. i love them. i think they are like 119 each or so.

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they have a 2 pack of makita for 79.00 @ Home depot
I checked those out yesterday, sweet deal. If I had not just bought the dewalt I would have grabbed them. Standard 4 1/2" with 5/8" arbor, 7.5 amps and a good feel.
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Default Re: 4-1/2" grinders

I use the heck out of a 4.5" Milwaukee. I'm talking pretty close to abusing that grinder. I would never hesitate to buy another one of those. This is after killing a cheapo in a weekend. Changing the disks back and forth does take a long time, so I think two is a better idea than one.
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Old 04-07-2008, 07:59 AM   #23
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I checked those out yesterday, sweet deal. If I had not just bought the dewalt I would have grabbed them. Standard 4 1/2" with 5/8" arbor, 7.5 amps and a good feel.
I picked up pair on that deal, I've got 2 now and still have to change discs at times so maybe with 4 I can just leave each with a different set up on it.

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Old 04-07-2008, 09:14 AM   #24
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I bought a couple 7A dewalts from Lowes. They were "on sale" combined w/a 10% off card they were a decent price.
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