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  • #31
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    I like all tools. you can't get the job done without them and that means no money. Kris
    Kris
    Millermatic 250
    Miller 180 tig

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    • #32
      I like any quality tools but my favorite is my Bluepoint scribe. It scratches, marks, checks magnetism, and picks slivers. Also good for practical jokes. I love my Makita 5in grinders except they have cheesy cords.
      owner of EVOLUTION WELDING

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      • #33
        I love my matobo 4 1/2" so much I can't stand using other grinders

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        • #34
          Funny I have had the same experience with grinders as you two. I have an old makita that is tough but the cord sucks and I have 2 metabos that I think are the best.
          Scott
          HMW [Heavy Metal welding]

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          • #35
            I'll try to get some pics of my grinder on here as soon as I can. It's been beat on like no tomorow and it shows. But it still works just like they day I got it.

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            • #36
              You guy's convinced me. I'm gonna track down a Metabo and try it out. Thanks everyone for the input.
              owner of EVOLUTION WELDING

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              • #37
                you will like the metabo except for the $$$.
                but as we all know you gotta spend a bit to get a decent tool. the portacabels i got off e-bay at $50 were about the best deal on a great grinder, i have beat the poo out of them and they are still running strong.
                thanks for the help
                ......or..........
                hope i helped
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                • #38
                  My father is a comercial concrete finnisher (has been for over 30 years) and he says concrete finishers love Matobo's. They are notorius for handling the dust realy well and concrete finishers beat on grinders more than anyone else I've seen.

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                  • #39
                    favorite tool

                    Seems to me the overwhelming choice for favorite tool is the 4 1/2" grinder
                    If necessity is the Mother of Invention, I must be the Father of Desperation!

                    sigpicJohn Blewett III 10-22-73 to 8-16-07
                    Another racing great gone but not to be forgotten.http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...modified&hl=en

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by Anti-GMAW View Post
                      My father is a comercial concrete finnisher (has been for over 30 years) and he says concrete finishers love Matobo's. They are notorius for handling the dust realy well and concrete finishers beat on grinders more than anyone else I've seen.
                      Thanks. I work on heavy equipment and alu. oil tankers so dust resistance is a must and stanger things have happened than dropping one inside a tanker so tough is good.
                      owner of EVOLUTION WELDING

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                      • #41
                        My LWS has them for a little over $100.00 [$109.00] But I found a couple on the internet for a little less, not sure of shipping, here is a couple places I found them
                        costhttp://www.allprotools.com/store/page305.html
                        http://www.contractorstoolsupply.com/metabo-m-6.html?

                        One thing i like is the nice cord and I like the spindle lock, Several other brands have the spindle lock too, usually the cheaper ones don't. I hate having to use [2] wrenches to change a disc. With the 5/8"x11 flap disc, you dont even need a wrench



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                        Scott
                        HMW [Heavy Metal welding]

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                        • #42
                          I won't buy a grinder with out a spindle lock on it. There a real time saver, especialy when you change disc every 15-20 minutes on a good day.

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                          • #43
                            Anti-gmaw,
                            sounds like when I was grinding my gate! My welds were bad, I'm sure you didn't have the same problem I was having, but yes, I've tried different brands of discs (not the cheapos), and changing them with just your gloved hands are a real timesaver!
                            I'm not late...
                            I'm just on Hawaiian Time

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                            • #44
                              I do alot of back gouging on welds since a backer is unpractical in most of the weld joints I do at work so that contributes to the # of wheels I go throgh in a day. I don't use the arbor rench much either. I also like to use just my gloved hand. It's about 4x faster.

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                              • #45
                                I have a fairly limited experience with the Metabo 4 1/2", I do like the clutch so it doesn't kick back, but the one I used was a little long in the tooth and when you needed to lean on it, it slipped. I like the Walter too for the rotating bottom handle for operator comfort. I have had best experience with 5" Makita grinders. 9005B is good for small spaces but I prefer the larger 9015/9016 series. 9015 is the 5", 9016 is the 6". Exact same grinder, parts interchange just 9015 is cheaper. 9015DB has useless paddle trigger running up handle that I always seem to grab when I don't want to. 9015DBZ has the old gun trigger and lock that I have become really comfortable with. I never used to have grinder guards on either but there is a big push up here from Health Safety & Environment to follow code so my 9015DBZ grinders at work have 6" guards with 120 degree sweep, and my 9005B and 9015DBZ grinders for my contracting business have 6" guards as wide as grinder body. I have everything modified to 6" so I can use stringer bead wire wheel brushes without them dragging on the guards. I also use a Makita 7" - can't remember the #. On any given day I have three grinders on the table.... 1 with 6" zip cut, 1 with 5 or 6" sanding pad, and the 7" with a grinding wheel.
                                Many 'favourite tools' - bessey clamps, vice grip pliers with swivel pads, Sellstrom DP-4 faceshield with shade 5 flip down lens, Hypertherm 1250 Plasma Cutter. List goes on and on. Tool I use most everyday... 25' Stanley Lever Lock tape measure. I go through about 4 or 5 a year - wear off the numbers on the lower end.
                                Later,
                                Jason

                                Professional Spark Generator by Trade.

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