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Old 10-06-2011, 10:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Milwaukee 3 pk, 4.5" grinders $138

Thru MSC, not a bad deal. Three 4.5" grinders, looks to be the 6130-33 which is part of Milwaukee's newer line-up of grinders which I haven't tried. 7A motors, so they're on the lower end by today's standards (altho there was a time when a 7A grinder was upper-mid level).

Look to retail at about $60 ea online, so maybe not a great deal but a good deal.

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I'm thinking of picking up a three pack just 'cause........

edit: only 2 reviews at Amazon, both are dismal but I'm forced the question the knowledge of each reviewer.
http://www.amazon.com/Milwaukee-6130...7964832&sr=8-1

the second guy complains the guard was turned 180, but IME all Milwaukee guards will turn a full 360, they just don't engage their detents (tool-less) until nearing the correct orientation. The guards will just go in the trash anyhow.....

the first guy, I'm not sure if he knew how to orient the spindle nuts to accomodate a thin diamond wheel.
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So after you pay for the shipping where would you be.

I love my Milwaukee tools but I am having a hard time killing my $20.00 Harbor freight 4.5" grinders that I bought on a whim thinking if they lasted a day I would be happy to throw them out.

If I needed some I would just buy these Milwaukee ones also just because.
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Old 10-07-2011, 01:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have 2 of those and they're good little grinders. Don't expect them to work well for beveling 1" plate for a full pen. weld, but for offroad stuff I like them alot.
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So after you pay for the shipping where would you be.
For me shipping is usually $10.98 and I'd have it tomorrow (if it weren't saturday) at my door. Or go with Amazon's free shipping which lately has been extremely slow for me and I'd eventually have to pick it up at the post office. Free shipping codes for MSC aren't that hard to come across tho.

This would be a great pack for someone starting out. 3 grinders is a bare minimum IMO. You gotta have grinding wheel, flap wheel and cut-off.
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That is a good deal on milwaukee grinders. I wish I could match it!

If I ordered, I would call-in the order and ask them to keep the shipping below $10. That way their are no suprises.

Their shipping rates are crazy low compared to the small guys like us. What cost us $10 may only cost them $5....
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If I ordered, I would call-in the order and ask them to keep the shipping below $10. That way their are no suprises.

Their shipping rates are crazy low compared to the small guys like us. What cost us $10 may only cost them $5....
There's no surprises anyhow. Their website will show you shipping (and sales tax if applicable) at checkout. It's McMaster that fucks you over, emailing you an invoice a couple days later.

And yeah they've gotta have a monster contract w UPS. They'll overnight me a few end mills from Reno and a single drill bit from IN or PA and it's still $10.98............and that's when I don't have free shipping codes.

I actually don't understand why places like Rock Auto haven't pursued a similar shipping contract. Auto repair needs parts quick for the same reason machine and fab shops do. If it's a choice between having my Napa get me something overnight or ordering overnight, I'd order it if shipping were reasonable.
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Interesting about the auto biz but they seem more hands on and the msc's are online.

I dont think the auto guys have near the distribution capabilities as MSC or mcmaster. Once in a while i stop by the mcmaster down here in LA and it is impressive. The shear square footage and the inventory blows me away. You can watch the packages rolling past.

In five minutes of standing at the will call counter there must have been 20 packages that rolled through. The industrial service trucks in the parking lot were going in and out at about the same rate!!
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.... I'm forced the question the knowledge of each reviewer.

...The guards will just go in the trash anyhow.....
And you are the one running all your grinders without a guard? That's a serious lack of knowledge right there.
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This would be a great pack for someone starting out. 3 grinders is a bare minimum IMO. You gotta have grinding wheel, flap wheel and cut-off.
Three grinders? Where's the wire wheel?....

Looks like a good deal.
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And you are the one running all your grinders without a guard? That's a serious lack of knowledge right there.
Seriously?....
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And you are the one running all your grinders without a guard? That's a serious lack of knowledge right there.
First thing I do when I pull a grinder out of the box is toss the guard in the trash

Still have all my fingers and stuff so maybe you just need to learn how to be smarter than the tool
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Using a grinder is crazy in my book. and YES, I have a scar to prove it.

Actually, my real reason is that I like to simply set the tool down on the guard with the wheel spinning.

And I hate using grinders with an on/off switch. I like Paddle switches better. alot safer
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Using a grinder is crazy in my book. and YES, I have a scar to prove it.

Actually, my real reason is that I like to simply set the tool down on the guard with the wheel spinning.

And I hate using grinders with an on/off switch. I like Paddle switches better. alot safer
you are the polar opposite of everyone in fab that I know.
Hate the guards and HUGE HATRED of paddle switches. I want to be able to lock it one and rock out. I dont want to require a thumb transplant after a couple hours of prep.
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Actually, my real reason is that I like to simply set the tool down on the guard with the wheel spinning.
Nah, you are the brake. Train yourself to hold the wheel against the work to stop it after you let off the switch. If the work is sensitive or finish is critical just use the edge of your table/workbench or some other sacrificial object.

Guard or no, this is arguably much safer than setting down a spinning object.

Some things like wire cup brushes protrude far beyond the guard anyhow.
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Using a grinder is crazy in my book. and YES, I have a scar to prove it.

Actually, my real reason is that I like to simply set the tool down on the guard with the wheel spinning.

And I hate using grinders with an on/off switch. I like Paddle switches better. alot safer
Well if safety is your concern, you should never set a grinder down with the wheel facing down. That has been pounded in my head from hearing it so much, I just have to learn to set the mag drill down on the floor when I'm done with it.
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I like the Bosch slimline 7.5 amp grinders that come in a 2 pack for $89 at Lowes.

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This is all your fault John C

I now have 4 of those grinders and don`t touch the harbor freight ones any more.

I will give the HF ones to the trainee Grinders let then tear the throw aways up.

I must say those Bosch Grinders are so comfortable in my hand.
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Old 12-11-2011, 09:24 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Great, now I gotta go check out those Bosch grinders,,,,
I have an older Bosch 7" and can't kill it!
I have done the "throw away" grinder thing before, and just running them pisses me off, so I'd rather have my Milwaukee ones that actually sound decent running.
Oh, and to the guys that throw their wheel shields in the trash,,,,dammit man, they are steel, throw them in the scrap pile, at least get some money back for them!!!
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If you see a home depot carrying a 2 pack of those bosch, wait a while they will go clearance real cheap. I bought 8 2 packs 2 years ago for $22 a pack. I sold a few, gave a few away. I use 2 and have at least 2 more still in the box, really like that grinder. I used to be a makita fan, but i have not even turned on my old favorite makita since i got these.
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This is all your fault John C

I now have 4 of those grinders and don`t touch the harbor freight ones any more.

I will give the HF ones to the trainee Grinders let then tear the throw aways up.

I must say those Bosch Grinders are so comfortable in my hand.

Hah!

They are sweet grinders. Really comfortable, and lots of power. I will say the only drawbacks to these grinders are they're louder, and the power cords are short. I have 4 of these grinders that way I can have a dedicated grinder with a flap wheel, cut-off wheel, grinding wheel, and knotted wire cup brush.
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Anyone use the Metabo grinders? Are they worth the money?
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Anyone use the Metabo grinders? Are they worth the money?
Couldn't tell you the model number, but I bought one on behalf of the last company I worked for and used the ever loving shit out of it. It was so expensive I personally never would have bought one, but since they were paying and I would be abusing it for hours upon hours each day I fondled it at the local fastenal, and they said if you think thats what you need buy it so I did.


I want to say it was around $120 or so, and maybe one of the 8 amp models. It had a nice weight to it. Not overly heavy, and not so light that it got pushed around when something pushed back. Felt really really good in one hand, you know that old grinder you've had for years and it just feels nice, and you can roll it around edges and shape everything so easily with it? It had that feel out of the box, im sure its not for everyone but i loved the damn thing.

If I ever kill my old dewalt, or do enough welding at home again to need another good grinder, I am buying one for myself. They have a pretty damn good looking warranty, from what I have read they are good to deal with.
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