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Old 02-14-2004, 10:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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whats a good grinder and accessories?

hey, i'm just about to get a Millermatic 175 and will be needing a grinder..what is a good, affordable, reliable grinder? thanks.
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Old 02-14-2004, 10:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 02-14-2004, 11:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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i use cheapy hf grinders....bought one 2 years ago and its still going. since they are so cheap i have a few.

1 for a grinding disc
1 for a sand disc
and 1 for a cutting wheel

saves time not having to change them out
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i got a cheapo one from northern, it screwed up once but i just took it up there and got a brand damn new one, no questions asked!
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Im partial to Bosch.
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I also like Bosch, my DeWalt just took a crap and now I have a Bosch.
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Old 02-15-2004, 01:02 AM   #7 (permalink)
 
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northern tool has deals on makitas right now free shipping & either a tool bag or accesory kit.
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Old 02-15-2004, 01:07 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I use dewalts 9" grinder and a 4.5" grinder/sander at work all day long. I get about a year out of the 4.5s and the 9 just keeps going. I chose a dewalt 4.5 for the garage at home. $65 at home depot 2 years ago and still going.
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no, i guess i didn't see that
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Old 02-15-2004, 12:40 PM   #11 (permalink)
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metabo or milwaukee if you can swing it... i had a ryobi and it rocked my ass untill i pushed it a little too hard tryin to cut a piece of 3/8" plate. got a makita now and really enjoy it.
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Milwaukee. My dad bought one of those cheap harbor freight ones and it doesn't compare.
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i got a cheapo one from northern, it screwed up once but i just took it up there and got a brand damn new one, no questions asked!
Did you get the warrentee with it? I have one from there thats a year or two old that died. I could prob fix it but dont feel like it and would definately like to have 2 grinders. Will they let you return with no reciept?
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I love my DeWalt but you have to make sure to get the HD one. It is alot smaller than the milwakee but my brother has a milwalkee so i can just use his if mine ever doesnt get it done.
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Old 02-15-2004, 05:25 PM   #16 (permalink)
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of the "smaller" size grinders, I have a little beat-up craftsman.

I want to replace it with a 4.5" milwaukee. the milwaukee co.
makes a 4.5" and a 5" unit that is basically the same unit except
the 5" grinder has a slightly larger guard. this unit is a 12 amp
motor.......

most the little 4-5" inchers only run around 6-8 amp. the 12 amp
unit really rocks for a small grinder..... they're a bit heavier than
a 4-5" grinder. but you can still use it one-handed...

I also have a 7" dewalt. runs great with both 7-9" wheels, and
large cupped wire wheels.


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Old 02-15-2004, 05:53 PM   #17 (permalink)
 
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Milwaukee or DeWalt. I like using quality stuff when you use it all the time.
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Old 02-15-2004, 06:38 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Milwaukee or DeWalt. I like using quality stuff when you use it all the time.
And dewault is quality??
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Get a wire wheel. Works great for cleaning into tight spots where the sanding disc won't fit.
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I have absolutely beat the piss out of a 4.5" HF angle grinder and it scoffs at me. I can't even tell you how many times i've hung the blade, and it just keeps kicking.
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My HF 4.5 worked great for about two years, but now the button that holds the wheel for changes is broken. I set it up with a twistes wire brush (Milwaukee from HD for around $18) permanantly, and bought a DeWalt at Home Depot for around $50 for grinding duties. Works great so far.

I concur with the other people that say buy the Milwaukee or better if you are gonna use it everyday.

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Old 02-15-2004, 10:03 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I want to replace it with a 4.5" milwaukee. the milwaukee co.
makes a 4.5" and a 5" unit that is basically the same unit except
the 5" grinder has a slightly larger guard. this unit is a 12 amp
motor.......
True, but Milwaukee also produces a 4.5" grinder with the 12A motor, it's on my wish list for sure. Check this out, $117:

http://www.jimslimstools.com/detail.aspx?ID=1407

Makes the 8amp unit that Home Depot sells for $99 look like a rip-off (I just killed my 8 amp Milwaukee btw, but it was repaired under warranty).

They also selll the 6154-20 which has adjustable speed, but I don't see myself needing that for grinding and cutting metal.

And yeah, the HF units dont' compare, if you try to cut with them they bog, but the Milwaukee just laughs and keeps spinning the same speed.
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