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why not to buy discount tools

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by new2k5, Mar 4, 2003.

  1. new2k5

    new2k5 1/2 ton status

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    well i finally got my axels on sunday and decided since the weather was going to be decnt today i would take a personal day to clean em up and shave the 14 bolt. i ended up grenadeing 3 17 dollar 4" angle grinders. /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif and i still have alot to go till my 14 is shaved. since its going to rain tommorow i am going to go shopping for a REAL angle grinder. any suggestions? i am leaning towards dewalt. i hope to be able to finish this up thursady night after work since they are going on the truck sat. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  2. TXsizeK5

    TXsizeK5 1/2 ton status

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    I have a chicago eletric, has served its purpose fine. I have a buddy who will live and die by dewalt, but i find that its a bit more expensive. I hear milwakee is also top notch.
     
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    I've had my 4" makita for about 10yrs now and have put that thing through so much abuse and it keeps on grinding /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    muddysub 1 ton suburban status Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    miluakee and dewalt are my brands, they are the best! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Never bought dewalt but my friend's dad is a contractor and he swears by em. He calls his 18v drill his "hired man". /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
     
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    Got a 4in Makita thats been a good one.6 years old now. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    backyardbuilt 1/2 ton status

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    I have a 10 year old makita still grinding away just bought a new one so I don't have to change from grinding wheels to wire brush in the middle of a job.
     
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    i got a sears one. thing has done more grinding than a lot of grinders out there. keeps in ticking. works great.
    they were on sale out here for a nice prce the other day. maybe in your area as well.

    1 year exchange policy in about 5 min if needed is nice.
    grant
     
  9. ben427

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    Got a 5" hitachi and it is a great unit.
     
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    miluakee and dewalt are my brands, they are the best

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    round here- we all have dewalts for power tools-

    cept my new power rear window "motor"...went cheap with that one- case it gets stolen outta the truck

    Brandy
     
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    ive got a $20 chicogo electric that i use the piss out of and never had a problem (knock on wood)
     
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    if your looking for a name brand unit that lasts I'd stick with mikita, milwakee, or dewalt.
     
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    Dewalt... my drills and grinders are dewalt. all my saws are Milwaukie. Go figure.

    -Ryan /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    I gota go against everyone here and say Porter Cable! I also like the top of the milwalkie line but not their cheeper stuff. DeWalt stuff ain't what it used to be.

    As long as it is made in the /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif it is good.
     
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    Dewalt is made by black and decker, same thing exact thing in many cases but different color housing. My father who was a contractor used alot of milwaukee, porter cable, and mikita. Many companies have things they specialize in, when you think of sawzall what pops to mind? Milwaukee. I have a mikita angle grinder and cordless tools, prefer porter cable saws(except sawzall), Milwaukee buffers and have many other wood working tools of various manufacture.
    Find one with the features you like and that is servicable in your area and go from there.
     
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    Look for a overload on any of them.Most of the cheap ones don't have one and burn up the motors if you ride them to hard.You may have to hit reset button some,but, they last a little better. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Makita, It's taken a lot of abuse over the years.
     
  18. HarryH3

    HarryH3 1 ton status Author

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    Are you perhaps putting too much pressure on the grinding wheel when grinding? If you're bogging down the motor, you're pressing too hard. /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif Let the tool do the work. If you force it to grind faster than it really can, then you're going to ruin about any tool that you buy. Grinding cast iron is a slow process. You just have to be patient and let the grinding wheel work its magic. /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     
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    I have alot of Dewalt tools and love them.The one I use the most of is a Dewalt metal chopsaw.Can't live without it.But I also buy alot of cheap tools from Harbor Freight and the flea market.I have about 5 grinders made by various manufacturers(black and decker,porter cable,etc..) and some of them are industrial sized.I don't pay more than $10 to $15 for used power tools at the flea market and garage sales.I bought a Stihl gas powered concrete saw(cuts steel very well!!) for $30!!!They last for a long time usually and when they die I sell them at my garage sale to people who think they can fix em.In the end...they're almost free!!!
     
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    i've got the 4 1/2 dewalt and love it. i beat the snot out of it with no issues. everyone who see's my shop calls me the dewalt poster child (so many little black boxes), but for me, they work all the time and i've never had one break.
     

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