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Posted May 18, 2011 - 08:22 PM

Rick, you're sure right about using a quality cutoff wheel. Cheap ones just sit on the metal till it glows red & melts in-two! I like the thinner ones also. They cut so much quicker & seem to last just as well as thicker ones.

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Posted May 29, 2011 - 08:04 AM

Do yourself a big favor, but a variable speed grinder... Night and day when you can control the speed! I have two from TSC (Hatachi, I think) I did have the cheap on/off one and burnt up all the brushes fast. The new one has been worked hard and still has not needed any work.

Also, good wheels are great, but honestly... I buy a lot of the $10 "packages" from Harbor freight. They have 3 flap disks, a couple 1/4" stones and a few cut off disks. I have never had one of these fail and they are WELL worth the money for $10. Sometimes I will pick up the DeWalt thin disks if I am cutting some heavy stock, but at close to $5 a disk... they sure make the HF ones a killer deal!

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Posted May 30, 2011 - 05:52 PM

My vote goes to the 4 1/2 in. porter cable one. I've had three between me and my dad and only had one break after my dad cut the cord and the bushings started to wear out after 5 or 6 years of constant and hard use.

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Posted May 30, 2011 - 08:28 PM

Rick, you're sure right about using a quality cutoff wheel. Cheap ones just sit on the metal till it glows red & melts in-two! I like the thinner ones also. They cut so much quicker & seem to last just as well as thicker ones.


I'll agree on this too. Naturally, if you want to spend the $$, a more expensive grinder would be the way to go. But if you only need the grinder for moderate use, I would go with a cheaper grinder and use good quality wheels with it. I worked a maintenance job at a place that would only give us their own generic brand of grinding wheels to use. I saw several of those wheels break and fly to pieces while I was using them.

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Posted June 03, 2011 - 10:37 AM

No doubt you get what you pay for. But I have two 4 1/2" cheap grinders that work fine for me.
One is a Black & Decker I have had for 10 yrs. This one has been through He-l and still comes back for more.
That includes a project I would not reccomend, Sculpting an anvil out of a RR Rail. That project alone should have killed the grinder.
I needed a grinder last spring, my B&D was at my old place and had gone through a flood last August. 6 ft of water in the garage.
So I went out and bought a new Skil grinder. the next week I went and got the old grinder and plugged it in. It started and after the cloud of dust cleared. It has been running fine ever since.

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Posted June 29, 2011 - 10:37 AM

+1 on the harbor freight ones if it;s a smaller use application. If you plan on using it a decent amount, spend the money.




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