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  • #16
    I agree with the MIG hater.... Just joking anti-gmaw,. I like the Metabos too, but they do cost more than some others. I have a couple and love them. On the other hand my dad has a couple Black and Decker "proffesional" series models , not the ones from Wal-mart, and they have been around awhile, So my 2 cents is, buy the best you can afford. Somebody else said it but you'll end up with more than one grinder so you'll figure out which one you like best. good luck

    Now I rememeber where i left my grinder......in the kitchen......[laughing]
    Scott
    HMW [Heavy Metal welding]

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    • #17
      Dewalt-case close
      301 trailblazer
      12vs extreme mig box
      spectrum plus plasma
      steelmax mag drill
      millwaukee steel cutting skillsaw

      dewalt 14" cold cut off saw
      various hand &power tools
      spoolmatic 30a

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      • #18
        i defenetly cant argue that. i have an extensive colection of dewalt tools and none have ever let me doen. some older than others but i have never had one break on me. but i got most all my dewalts when i was working and had way, way, way more $$ to spend, now i get the best i can aford insted of the best i can think of.
        there are a lot of middle ground grinders that will work out just fine in a home or light duty shop, for some of us thats the best we can do.
        thanks for the help
        ......or..........
        hope i helped
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        feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
        summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
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        • #19
          4.5 inch angle grinder

          Originally posted by Irish Welder View Post
          I'm new to welding. I'm taking a MIG class and need to purchase an electric hand grinder. I like Milwaukee Electric's line of grinders and was set to buy its 13 AMP model, but it's too heavy for me. Milwaukee has a number of lighter weight grinders, but they have lower amperage. What amperage is adequate? There's an 8.5 AMP model. Do you think that's sufficient? Thanks.
          I'd recomend a Makita... they r light weight and they have the power for the job.

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          • #20
            This may get a howl from everyone else but I was in Harbor Freight and a guy from a fab shop across the street was buying 10 HF grinders. He said they (the yellow ones from HF, not the blue ones) last just as long as Makita and other "name" brands. His employees trash them anyway so he stopped spending big money on grinders. I bought 3 (I think they were $18) so I wouldn't have to change wheels. After a year of home welding use, they are still fine.

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            • #21
              i have not seen any yellow ones at my HF only the blue and the orange ones. at 4.5amp's i think i'll pass. i suspect they are about the same as the B&D grinders and i have never been realy impressed with them, but the pro series looks promising.
              now there wire brushes are on sale for $0.29 so i did grab up 10 of them while i was there.
              thanks for the help
              ......or..........
              hope i helped
              sigpic
              feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
              summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
              JAMES

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              • #22
                Anything 7amps or more. Made the mistake of getting a Bosch 5 amp. no guts. but I've got a DeWalt, Craftsman and Makita. All excellent, since they got more power. My Craftsman actually just died, 4 years aint bad! Don't like the new model, can't stand the paddle foot. So I'll get another DeWalt.
                I'm not late...
                I'm just on Hawaiian Time

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