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  • Fasttrack
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    ditto on the dewalt cutting/grinding wheels...

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  • HTRN
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    I bought a Hitachi on sale at Home Depot, works great. If it was a "daily use" tool like in a pro shop, I would have sprang for a Dewalt - That's all I ever see in Welding shops, along with Metabo's(to a much lesser extent).


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  • BadDog
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    They make the full size cut-offs too, don't recall the thickness, and they work well for my needs.

    On the 1/4 stone wheels, sure, I've seen better. But not to justify the price. I've used Dewalt and many other "name brands" that I picked up here or there when it was convenient. Some work a bit better, and some don't seem to work any better in my use. But I can get 10 of the HF wheels for the cost of one of the name brands (sometimes less!), and I would rate them within about 75% of the best wheels I've used. What I found really surprising is that the HF wheels actually seem to stand up to abuse better than the high dollar versions, though they certainly do cut slower and hotter. And I guess it's a "feature" of the loading up and cutting hot, but they seem to last a very long time compared to others that "shed" faster. And frankly, I rank Dewalt among the worst. They cut ok, but don't let it skip or bind a bit or it's spit out a chunk!

    This is totally anecdotal, but that's been my experience.

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  • Fasttrack
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    "paddle vs slide" - Absolutely! thats one other thing i dont like about mine is the switch...

    "These are the better made of the orange ones. Seems there are several different colors that are of differing quality, and at least 2 different orange 4-1/2â€‌ grinders." Yup...HF sells these red ones for like 8bucks and they suck, mine was an "industrial needle bearing 4.5" angle grinder" and was orange with a cast aluminum gear housing.

    Thier abrasives are so-so at best. I find that thier 1/4 wheels get loaded pretty fast. Thier dinky cut-off ones are nice though for making a nice thin cut in something.

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  • JPR
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    Just about any of the name brand grinders will work, big thing is to check and make sure you like the style switch on that model, ie paddle vs slide.

    Having several grinders will speed up things if you start welding a lot. Put a grinding wheel on one, a wire cup on the second and a flap disk on the third.
    Last edited by JPR; 09-21-2006, 08:53 PM.

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  • Scishopguy
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    4 آ½ in grinder

    I have an old Skil that I bought about 25 years ago and have used the heck out of. It is on it's second cord and I don't know how many discs but it still runs great and has a lot of power. I bought a cheap Cummins to use as a mini cut off grinder. It is a cheap piece of junk but has worked in limited use. The first thing I did was open up the gear case and wash that "water buffalo poo" that they use for grease out of there. I put in a glob of salt water proof wheel bearing grease, from the motorcycle shop, and it has been doing fine since. I recently bought an orange body HF grinder so I would have a backup. It has been a good machine and has the same feel and balance as the skil. There are many different grades among these tools. I try to stay some where in the middle, between cheapo and rolls royce.

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  • Wirecutter
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    Shortly after I got my MIG, I got a $20 Clarke grinder from Welding Depot. (no affiliation, etc, etc) I knew about the more expensive ones, but I went cheap. The thinking was that for $20, the thing's practically disposable. When it dies, I'll get another just like it if I can. Oh, and this is my "learning to weld" MIG and grinder, so the grinder gets many times more use than the welder.

    Well, it's been 3 years, and I've spent far more on consumables. I've got the cutting disks, numerous grinding wheels, and those sandpaper flap disk thingies. It's filthy and noisey, but I haven't even had to replace the brushes yet.

    I'm considering getting one or two more just so I don't have to spend time swapping out disks. I think they can still be had in lots of 5 on Fleabay for pretty cheap.

    -Mark

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  • AZSORT
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    I say what counts is to get one any brand that has a metallic gear casing.

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  • BadDog
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    I find the HF wheels to be a good value. I get my 1/4 wheels and my cut-offs there. I've also bought their knotted wire wheels and wire cups. The only dissatisfaction was with the wire cup which was complete junk.

    Just to recap, in my years of fairly hard core welding fabrication this century, I have yet to have a single failure among my HF grinders. I can’t imagine what the folks who have them go out in short order are doing. Normally I’m the guy with all the bad luck if there is any to be had, and while I don’t abuse my stuff, I’m certainly not easy on it. However, note that I did say there are several different grades, and you don't want the blue/purple/green versions, you want the orange body with silver painted head and black but cover.

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  • torker
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    I use my angle grinders daily doing fabrication/.repair work.
    I used to like Makita but they got to be pretty junky.
    I have one ol' Dewalt 5" that's 5 years old now and other than a few cheap repairs it's been a good grinder.
    Best one I ever had was an industrial Bosch 5". Too big for my hands and expensive to fix when it did need some parts but it lasted for 8 years.
    Just for a joke I bought a cheapy from Walmart. I really liked it...the ergonomics where prolly the best I've ever felt. Too bad it only lasted an hour or so. The replacement was a totally different grinder that addressed the weaknesses of the first one. I hate it but I can't kill it. I use it for most of my really ugly grinding at home and save my good ones for work.
    I'd actually buy another one...as a joke
    I also bought a cheap one from Canadian Tire awhile back. That one was scary. The geared head actually blew up in my hands...gear chunks flew out the side and across the shop. Again it was only used for a couple of hours before it blew. Nope...I DON'T want a relacement!!!!!
    Russ

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  • dp
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    I bought an Asian grinder and the shaft the grinding wheel attaches to was bushed, not bearinged. The bushing lasted most of an afternoon. I tossed the damn thing into the trash. Then I thought I'd give it another look. The bushing was the exact same size as a real bearing so I went to the real bearing store in Seattle and bought a very nice sealed bearing. The install took just minutes and 5 years later that cuss is still running. Sometimes those Asian tools just need a little tlc. But I won't buy another crappy grinder like that.

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  • chkz
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    makita

    Got to toss my .02 worth in here and say my trusty ol' Makita is still going strong...when it craps out I'll buy another one of those!

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  • bob308
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    i have a b&d 7" and a milwaukee 41/2" both are going strong.

    as for h-f wheels the russian ones are way better then the china ones.
    Last edited by bob308; 09-21-2006, 12:48 AM.

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  • Bill Pace
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    I'll have to give a 'thumbs up' on the little elcheapo HF version too. I was 35-40 miles away from my shop (and my good grinder) with a HF store just down the block, and I've just got a job to do the oppisite direction....needless to say, I popped in HF and picked up one of the $18 ones and a 10 pack of wheels (cheaper than the gas to drive home) Well, that cheapo HF little grinder is STILL going like crazy. Like others have said, I can throw it, bang it, drop it, etc, etc and it just keeps going ---- and the wheels!! danged if they dont hold up too.

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  • Tin Falcon
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    Guys:
    Glad to hear you are getting your moneys worth out of your HF grinders. I remember several years ago the guy that owns the fabrication shop I worked in swore by ryobi tools. He said" Why by a Dewalt when I can buy three ryobi for the same price". Within a year he had changed his tune and was buying mosly dewalt and some milwalkee. With that being said what is your opinions on HF abrasives. At the shop we mostly used metabo brand from the welding supply house. Occasionaly we would pick up some norton at home depot.
    My next step is to get some supplies for the grinder, cutting disks and sanding disks.
    Tin

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