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    I am looking at getting a grinder, and would like some recomendations on brands of choice, and good prices on them. Iam trying not to spend over $150.00 and just need a basic, but good quality one.

    Thanks in advance.
    Thanks
    Gary Wolboldt

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    Re: recomendations for grinders?

    Originally posted by GWOL
    I am looking at getting a grinder, and would like some recomendations on brands of choice, and good prices on them. Iam trying not to spend over $150.00 and just need a basic, but good quality one.

    Thanks in advance.
    On the previous message board, this was a lengthy discussion. My fave is the HILTI 5" grinder, however it's pricey, but there's no other grinder that has the power this one does. It turns at 11,000 RPM and you can't stall it out. The 4 1/2" grinders turn much slower, but I have a Milwaukee that I like. Metabo and Bosch are good, too. I also have a Black & Decker and a DeWalt, but you can hear the bb's in the bearing rattle.

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    • #3
      I know exactly what you mean about the bb's Rocky. I laughed when I read that, because ever since I pulled the Black and Decker out of the box, it sounded like it was about ready to take a dump. I have 2 Dewalts that I got new, and they both took a dump on me. Those plastic housings they come in are cheap. The heat caused the casing to crack around the buttom you push to change the wheel. Well, I took them over to my dad, the ex-shop teacher, and he managed to fix them both before I was ready to go back out on the job the next day. That was just this summer. I remeber that discussion myself.

      Slagman

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      • #4
        Rocky, looked at the old formum and found all the links for this, yes there were hundreds of links. From what I read, sounds like the metabo is the way to go. Will check this out today. Thanks again for the help.
        Thanks
        Gary Wolboldt

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        • #5
          Originally posted by GWOL
          Rocky, looked at the old formum and found all the links for this, yes there were hundreds of links. From what I read, sounds like the metabo is the way to go. Will check this out today. Thanks again for the help.
          Glad to help, Gary....that's what this forum is all about!

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          • #6
            I have a Milwaukee 4.5" and its great Paid 99 bucks and it has been worth every penny. Make sure the one you get has an easy to use switch and a locking mechanism that can be released easily but only when you want it to.
            Duke

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            • #7
              Bosch and Makita are all we use on the job, we tried U S made ones and they wont take the abuse. I have a Bosch that is 8 years old now and all it ever needed was a set of brushes. I burned out a black & decker in 2 weeks.
              steelhanger

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              • #8
                I looked at the Milwaukee 4.5" and read the post on the old forum and it sounds like Mitabo and Milwaukee are the best ones to use. I was pricing them and looks like will be able to get a resonable price on a 4.5" one. Thanks again for the recomendations on this.
                Thanks
                Gary Wolboldt

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by GWOL
                  I looked at the Milwaukee 4.5" and read the post on the old forum and it sounds like Mitabo and Milwaukee are the best ones to use. I was pricing them and looks like will be able to get a resonable price on a 4.5" one. Thanks again for the recomendations on this.
                  I'm really a biggot on this grinder...the 5" HILTI. There is no grinder with more power and versatility than this one.

                  I am showing two that I have...one with the standard wheel for steel, the other in the foreground has a .040" cutoff wheel in it. Until you try one, you would n't believe how quick they can cut through 1/4" steel! It has all but taken the place of my O/A cutting torch!

                  No, I don't work for the company......they just have great stuff!

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                  • #10
                    Rocky,

                    I went out to the Hilti web site and did not see any of the grinders on the product catalog. I will keep looking. But if you want, since you have two of them, you can send me one! hehe

                    Thanks for the input, I will see if there is a local dist. for them around central ohio. I think I have limited it to the Milwaukee or the Metabo. Will check out the Hilti also.
                    Thanks
                    Gary Wolboldt

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                    • #11
                      Hard to tell what country a tool is made by brand name.
                      Many Makita tools are made in US.
                      One Porter Cable 4.5 grinder is made in germany by Metabo?. They are under same corp somehow.

                      Don't buy a grinder with metric threaded spindle.
                      Don't buy a grinder with plastic gear housing.

                      I have a grinder made in china with M14 metric threaded spindle but for $10.00 have got more than that much use out of that noisy piece of junk.
                      M10 spindal can be adapted to US standard 5/8" spindle but not M14. Real 5/8" spindle is better if your in US.

                      Someone who doesn't care can destroy any grinder.

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                      • #12
                        http://www.us.hilti.com/

                        http://www.us.hilti.com/holus/module...jsp?OID=-12459

                        They only give general data about their grinders.

                        Are you using Hilti cutoff disc with your Hilti 5" grinder? The abrasive cutoff discs I have used don't last to long but cut good.
                        Last edited by Roger; 10-04-2002, 10:39 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Roger,

                          Thanks for the info on the grinders. I found the info. on the angle grinders on their web site. Thanks for the links, did not look at this part of the web sites.
                          Thanks
                          Gary Wolboldt

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Roger
                            http://www.us.hilti.com/

                            http://www.us.hilti.com/holus/module...jsp?OID=-12459

                            They only give general data about their grinders.

                            Are you using Hilti cutoff disc with your Hilti 5" grinder? The abrasive cutoff discs I have used don't last to long but cut good.
                            Roger you are quite right, that the cutoff wheels do not last on the 4 1/2" grinder. It's due to the slow speed. On the 5" 11,000 RPM Hilti grinder they do last,and are amazing, which is why I like them so much. The extra speed seems to make the disk stiffer and stronger. They are well worth the extra money!
                            Last edited by Rocky D; 10-05-2002, 04:47 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by russell
                              Rocky D,
                              What brand cutoff wheels do you use? I have a 5" 11,000 rpm (10 amp) grinder too,but its not a Hilti its a Dewalt.I would like to try it with a cutoff wheel,only used it with regular wheels so far.Wish I had seen your recommendation about the Hilti before I bought this one.Have`nt had any problems with it,but I know if a tool will hold up to your professional use,it should last me forever.


                              Thanks in advance,
                              Russell
                              I use the wheels Hilti has. I get them from them direct.

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