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  1. countryhog

    countryhog BTDT

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    Fixin to buy a corded angle grinder and need some advice. Need it for home shop for all around general use. What size and amperage is best? What brand is best - dewalt, bosch, etc.
    need some schooling on disks as well
    Much thanks
     
  2. dall

    dall Soon to be banned fart knocker.

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    dewalts in the 6 inch size are the ones we use at work and take abuse when we built a new power plant some of the grinders would get forgot and get rained and snowed on we would tap them on the scaffold and flip the switch and rarely had problems with them the 4 1/2 ones are not as strong as the 6 inch ones
     
  3. Big_6

    Big_6 Super OPE Member

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    Milwaukee makes a good tool. I have 1/2" and
    "5/8" arbor- commercial" -
    4 1/2" grinders. They are durable and have replaceable brushes.
    The Harbor Freight cutting wheel
    (packs of 10) work, but are not long lasting.
    You can get cutting, grinding, Diamond and a wire wheel for rust and making your welds shiny.
    *Edit: Millwright welding instructor said, you'll either be a welder or a grinder. Choose a grinder wisely, or learn to weld...
    *I've been known to make the rakers lower and the cutters sharper
    on a chain, (or 2) with the cutting wheel.
    I haven't tricked out the 6" grinder yet.
    Wait, I did pick up a buffing wheel!
     
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  4. Dub11

    Dub11 Some body poisoned the watering hole!

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    Iam not in any kind of heavy fab work but I picked up some harbor junkers so now I jave one with flap disk,2 with cut off wheel, grinding stone. Cost me about 60 total and I can just grab and go. And harbor freight flapdisks suck I grab the old blue devil or something from work and there better.
     
  5. Philbert

    Philbert Chainsaw Enthusiast

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    Go to a few stores where you can hold them in your hand (and turn them on if they let you). Some have different diameter grips that will fit your hand better. Some have paddle style triggers, and others more conventional switches. See how easy it is to change the wheels and reposition the guard.

    Among the name brands that you trust you can easily compare Amps, weight, and cost, but don't overlook feel, balance, and comfort.

    I purchased one of the Milwaukee 4-1/2" models, but there are lots of good choices out there.

    Philbert
     
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  6. huskihl

    huskihl Sausage Fingers Forever

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    Milwaukee Hitachi Dewalt Ridgid Bosch and Porter Cable are all good
     
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  7. jakethesnake

    jakethesnake I Am The Snake

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    I have a dewalt at the shop I've used it for log periods of time doesn't get hot so it's the best one I've owned. If you're looking to use this thing quite a bit I'd go with the dewalt if it's a once every two months I'd get one from harbor freight I have one of those it's ok still works do yourself a favor and grab a set of welding gloves to use with those grinders I won't touch one without them
     
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  8. Red97

    Red97 ONE OF THE GREATEST!

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    I've went through quite a few 4 1/2" grinders on the job. my favote is the bosh for all day/heavy use.

    I do have close to 50hr on the hf grinder. loud, rough lots of vibes but it flat works. 10$ ish on sale.

    Get the best wheels/disc you can afford. Those are what will Scarr ya up...
     
  9. mdavlee

    mdavlee Hillbilly grinder

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    Dewalt or Metabo
     
  10. jakethesnake

    jakethesnake I Am The Snake

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    Agree on discs /wheel the cutoff they will blow up or disintegrate
     
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    I have an older orange pro 4.5 in Black and Decker. The rubber grip rotted off but I like to grind with it. Cleans up everything ive ever needed. I also have a cordless Dewalt that works fine for small welding/cleanup jobs.
    I would recommend that it has lock switch to keep power on. Sometimes you cant hold the switch and get a good hold on the grinder.
     
  12. jakethesnake

    jakethesnake I Am The Snake

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    I'd also recommend one that has the button to lock the arbor. Some don't then you loose the tool to change wheels *s-word goes south from there
     
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    We use the snot out of the Dewalt grinders at work. For wheels I like Sait.
     
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    huskihl Sausage Fingers Forever

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    Mike mentioned Metabo
    I'd forgotten about them. They're as good or better than the ones I mentioned above
     
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    Sait are going to be your best wheel. As far as grinders... Makitas SUCK! I have owned a metal fab company for 15 years and watched guys destroy and cry about every piece of crap out there. For the past 3 years I have been buying SKIL brand 41/2" grinders, they are cheap and last longer than most I have seen. Dewalt are about the same quality. I have guys that can bear down so hard on them they can stop the wheel one handed and these SKIL grinders put up with the abuse at really cheap!
     
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    Philbert Chainsaw Enthusiast

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    This why you really want one?





    Philbert
     
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    jeepsnchainsaws Pinnacle OPE Member

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    Are you *frenching kidding me?!?
    I hope no one but that *pretty boy does this.
    Sorry for my language... Got edited. Oops.
    AYFKM!.... DA!
     
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    Philbert Chainsaw Enthusiast

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    Actually, seen a number of references to this. Mostly from 3rd world countries, but your never know . . . .

    Philbert
     
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    huskihl Sausage Fingers Forever

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    You're gonna hurt @Wolverine's feeling lol
     
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    jeepsnchainsaws Pinnacle OPE Member

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    The second Tweaker of the week has a whole elaborate holder ma jigger to be totally strange with.
     
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