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#1 Sawdust OFFLINE  

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Posted August 25, 2017 - 04:33 PM

During a two year period I have had three of the same HF grinders. The first two the lock buttons came apart & were exchanged, no hassle. The third one I got back in June just flat out died for no reason hanging on my bench. I thought no more of this model. It cost me $30. so I'll see if I can upgrade to a different model. I explained to the clerk & like always no problem. This Hercules brand is a new line of power tools. It was $40. but the clerk said I'll just give you an even exchange. I also bought the two year warranty for $21. Although I haven't used it yet it seems well built, runs smoother, more quiet & has 7 amps compared to the other one I had was 6 amps.

 

Here is a pic of mine & also a video link of a breakdown comparison of their other models. The dark blue one on the right in the video from Chicago Tool was the one I had so much trouble with.

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Edited by Sawdust, August 25, 2017 - 04:37 PM.

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Posted August 25, 2017 - 05:35 PM

I go to pawn shops and find the DeWalt grinders! Last much longer for nearly the same price!


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Posted August 25, 2017 - 06:03 PM

I use the $15 ones HF sells. Cheap enough to have several setup with different wheels on them. Get a couple years out of them till they die then buy another one. A quality one is about $95. I can have several cheapies doing multiple things for less. If I was using for business then I would get the best I could afford, lively hood would depend on it, so couldn't afford downtime!
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Posted August 25, 2017 - 07:37 PM

I use the $15 ones HF sells. Cheap enough to have several setup with different wheels on them. Get a couple years out of them till they die then buy another one. A quality one is about $95. I can have several cheapies doing multiple things for less. If I was using for business then I would get the best I could afford, lively hood would depend on it, so couldn't afford downtime!

I also like having multiple wheel setups.   If saves a bunch of time and frustration.  I find that for industrial use it is hard to beat an pneumatic grinder, they are light, vibrate less, last forever and you will not get electrocuted in a wet environment. Bur for at home multiple cheepies   are the way to go!


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Posted August 25, 2017 - 08:21 PM

I bought a cheap skil brand and has lasted me 7 years so far of hard use.


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Posted August 25, 2017 - 08:29 PM

the last HF grinder I bought gets so hot you can't hold it after about 10 seconds. If you are brave, and have thick gloves, it does work though. I broke down and got a porter cable.


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