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  • Irish Welder
    started a topic Hand Grinder Suggestions, Please

    Hand Grinder Suggestions, Please

    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.

  • Bert
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    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.

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  • fun4now
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    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.

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  • lens42
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    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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  • Metal Man
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    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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  • fun4now
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    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.

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  • cajuncat
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    Dewalt-case close

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  • HMW
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    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]

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  • Anti-GMAW
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    Metabo all the way! I wont buy anything else. There the best grinder I've ever used. I burned up the dewalt they gave me at work after a month and switched to using my Metabo. I'm going to get a couple more soon. Flap wheel, grinding wheel, and wire wheel. Mine should have deid a year ago the way I treat it but it works just as good as the day I got it.

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  • fun4now
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    verry true guys.
    wile we would all love to have a garage or back yard shop full of 5 or 6 metabo's its just not real practical for a home shop. unless you got lots of extra $ them by all means go fo it. hence my sugjestion for the green B&D at wally world for $49. its 6 or 7 amps probly 7 like the craftsmen i just got. easy to use triger and should last a wile for home use. if he is just starting out he is going to find a huge list of stuff he will want/need to get. but i still think you should get some quality out of your tools when ever possible even if its not the top of the line stuff. i realy dont think a home shop needs a 12amp 4.5" grinder, if ya have the extra $$ and want to go for it any way thats cool go for it. but if he thinks its heavy, just wait till he turns it on. some thing in the 7-9 amp is more to suit i think. and still plenty of power for a 4.5" grinder.

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  • JonnyTIG
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    Spend a little money on a better grinder. 13 amps ( for a 5")seems to last the longest when you're using it all the time. And pack the grease into the gear head once in a while, it helps in keeping the tool ready for use no matter what type of disk you use...

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  • Black Wolf
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    I agree 100% with not over-thinking this. It is just a grinder. I have never really been happy with the paddle trigger, I found that to shut it off I had two fingers on the trigger and was trying to hold a spinning grinder with my last two fingers. I just found this incomfortable, so I use the gun trigger styles. Makita 9005 5" for lighter work. Makita 9015DBZ or 9016DBZ for heavier work. The 9015 & 9016 are the exact same model, just one is sold as a 5" (cheaper) and one is sold as a 6".
    Whatever you decide, if you're new to angle grinders, always use the aux. handle, the guard (cut down to 120 degree sweep if you like) safety glasses and a faceshield. Hearing protection is a good idea too. We only have one set of eyes and ears. Protect them. They have to last you a lifetime.

    Later,

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  • Tex
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    Don't overthink this OK? It's just a grinder. Sears has some good ones for about 25 to 50 bucks and you'll get your money's worth. If you're a tool junkie like me get 2! One for your wire wheel and one for your grinding disc. Get a cheap one and an expensive one. I suggest the paddle trigger since if you drop it then it will automatically shut off. By-the-way good luck in your class.

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  • fun4now
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    quick update

    update or corection, the porta cables are 7.6amps not 6.5 amps as earlyer noted. eather way they are excelent grinders that have served me well. after the 4 years of use with no maitenence i think its time i open it up and maybee add some grese to the gears in the head. this should probly have been done earlyer but i just never think of it when i have the time to do so. we tend to never think about tools that are working well, so it seems the beter tools tend to get the least amount of service.

    also the dewalt sawsall blade is actualy strait, i used it tonight as a matter of fact. it just looks like its bent because of the white paint at the end and the rest being without it from use. thats not to say i dont have a few bent ones around.

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  • fun4now
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    84ZMike
    i'm glad to here you are getting good use out of your B&D's. i supose mialage may verry but i have been using them for about 5 years now and none have made it more than about 6 months wit anything other than light use with a flap wheel. the only reason i still have them is wally world cept exchanging them for me when they quit at no charge, been threw about 8 or 9 of them. all with simmiler results. just because dewalt makes them it dose not make them a dewalt (wish it did) but the lil 4.5amp B&D's just dont hold up. look at the metabows & riged brand. the rigid is made by metabow but with lower quality bearings and such. B&D has changed its look so soon i will be without B&D grinders and i'm ok with that i'll work in new ones of higher quality as they go this time. with a lil luck my new craftsmen will pass the test of time. the B&D profesional series is likely more along the lines of a true dewalt if any are. the pro series are getting good reviews and are 6 amps i think, they look similer to the craftsmen i got so perhaps they are the same in a diferent collor plastic??? like i said i'm glad they work for you but i personaly would not recomend them, we are all intiteled to our opinion as MMV from user to user.
    dabar39
    yes thats my dewalt corner cutting sawsall. dont you have one for corners?? i am verry hapy with all my dewalts and would recomend them to any one. i have 2 cordless drills, one corder drill, a jig saw, a bench grinder, a swasall, a bisquet joiner,a 7" circular saw, and a sliding compound miter saw, they are all running great and well werth the $$ i spent on them. if we had had a lil more $$ on the sear's card i would have gotten a dewalt insted of the craftsmen but the $ just wasent there. i have never had a problem with any of my dewalts, millwaukie's, or portacables. all three of those brands have held up great for me and i would happily replace any of them with the same should they die tomarow. i have more than gotten my $$ werth out of them all even the $600 sliding compound miter saw, i love that babby.
    its always best o buy a quality tool once insted of a low quality tool several times. even though all my B&D's were replaced every time they broke if you add up the gas to return them all those times pluse the time out of myday to do so, they have caust me much more than the 2 portacables i got several years ago that have never given me any truble.

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