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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by txbluethunder, Sep 16, 2002.

  1. txbluethunder

    txbluethunder 1/2 ton status

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    I'm looking into getting a grinder finally. I plan on doing some welding and fabrication soon and would like a good grinder to use. What are you recommendations, brand, size, electric or pneumatic???
     
  2. Shaggy

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    <font color="green"> I have an electric 4 1/2" DeWalt that's been great, no problems so far and has all the power that I need. </font color>
     
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    I have a 5" Makita, a 7-9" Makita and an air sander...

    By far the 5" Makita is the one I find is the handiest. It's large enough to make short work of almost any job...the larger Makita is good too, but heavy.

    Dealing with them all day long I prefer Makita over any other brand...and i've used almost every brand and size out there.

    Bosch, Walter, DeWalt are some other good brands...

    Watch for the 'cheaper' grinders you'll see on sale. They will tend to not last very long...

    Rene
     
  4. POWERMAD

    POWERMAD 1/2 ton status

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    I have a 4.5" Milwaukie that has seen alot of use and has good power. Kinda spendy but you get what ya pay for IMO.
     
  5. muddysub

    muddysub 1 ton suburban status Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    i got a 4.5" miluakee and a big dewalt don't remember what size. but both are great grinders.
     
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    TWISTEDJACK 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I use a 4 1/2" Craftsman professional that I have had for
    almost 5 years. I have used it alot with no problems, still
    just as strong as the day I bought it. A little cheaper that some of the other brands. /forums/images/icons/cool.gif
     
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    i all so have crastman buy the service plan it will brake /forums/images/icons/frown.gif
     
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    muddysub 1 ton suburban status Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    i also have an old black and decker that is so old the cord is cracking but it's still runnin strong. /forums/images/icons/smile.gif
     
  9. BIGJ

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    Another vote for the 4.5" milwaukee. Mine's over 3 years old and still runs like new. They are a little pricey, but you get what you pay for with most tools anyway. I had a makita and burned it up within a year.

    BIGJ
     
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    I've got a 5" Makita, works great for everything.
     
  11. Swanson52

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    5" Makita here, too. I abuse that thing, and still works great.
     
  12. Grim-Reaper

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    Typically I go Makita on power tools. I was walking through Big lots and they had a 4.5 reconditioned grinder for $20. I have beat the snot out of that thing for 4 years and still doing fine. When it eats it I'll just get another.
     
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    I have a 4.5" Harbor Freight cheapy that I paid $19 for and it's doing fine even though I have used the STEW out of it. I was wanting a Milwaukee, or maybe Makita, or even Craftsman or something and was watching for a good sale. No luck. Got down to the point I NEEDED one and I saw that HF had that one in the sale paper cheap so I got it “just to get by till I get a good one”. I’ve stopped even looking, I’ve been torturing this thing for a year or so now and it hasn’t missed a beat. The others are smoother and have nice features but, I would rather put that extra $70 or more into my truck.

    I also have a variable speed 7" Craftsman that is old as the hills and still goes strong. It generally runs a 7” silicon oxide abrasive pad (kind of like 40 grit paper that lasts forever in a flexible plastic(?) disk) while the smaller unit runs 1/4" grinding disks and cut-off disks…
     
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    Hey Grim, a reconditioned *Makita* for $20???
     
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    I think the dewalt's are the best. You can really get a smoother gring with a 4 1/2" dewalt than a 4 1/2" miluakee because of the center nut being more flush with the wheel.
     
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    I have the 4.5" makita for 4 years And have even used bigger wheels on it took off the guard and still runs great used it to grind my lip off of my 14ff worked great with an adapter it will run 5" wire brushes too.
     
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    I bought a 4.5 inch grinder off of ebay for $6. It's some no name brand and I've beat the crap out of it. Haven't had any problems yet, you may want to check ebay first.
     
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    No it was like a Chicago tool or something. Looks identical to the cheapie they sell at Harbor and Northern other than color.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
    You can really get a smoother gring with a 4 1/2" dewalt than a 4 1/2" miluakee because of the center nut being more flush with the wheel.


    [/ QUOTE ] true
     
  20. KrebsATM02

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    i have a 4" Makita that is older than i am and has helped restore many cars and build many bumpers, still spinning like crazy!!!
     

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