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4 1/2 Grinders - Need Quality
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Peanut    Posted 09-28-2004 at 12:48:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Its time to replace my old and worn out Black & Decker cheapo grinder. My choices (in the $70-100 range) are Milwaukee, Rigid, Dewalt, Makita. I mostly sharpen mower and bush hog blades but if I get a higher amp grinder (7.5 amps or more) I am sure I'll find more uses for it. That is why I am willing to cough up between $70 & $100.

Any thoughts on good or bad qualities on these brands? Any other brands I am not considering in this price range?

Bernie in MA    Posted 09-28-2004 at 19:03:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've got a couple B&D industrial ones, hard wheel on one and flap disc on the other. Only problem is the cords don't last, but it's been a few years. I gave away a cheap one after the switch went on when it wasn't supposed to and ground the skin off one side of my finger.

mud    Posted 09-28-2004 at 18:04:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
i got a hitachi job 15 years ago. works like new. was pricey but well worth it.

talltines    Posted 09-28-2004 at 17:11:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dewalt are not like they were last year, they now are made in mexico i belive and the quality is gone. I just found out the hard way, have a year old dewalt circular saw and went and bought a new one, same model and all but the quality is gone, feels like one of the cheapo models now. Just thought you should know. Good luck. I like makita they are always consistant.

MW    Posted 09-28-2004 at 15:02:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My $15 Ryobi burnt out after about 8 years of trouble free use.Even then it was an auction purchase.Went for broke on a $89 DeWalt.I really liked it until I dropped it and broke the button that locks the spindle.That fix was $50.Good grinder.Bad luck. Mark.

James(Ga)    Posted 09-28-2004 at 14:57:45       [Reply]  [No Email]

Peanut, I have a 41/2 heavy duty black and decker. Used it for years on lawn and bush hogg blades. I have loaned it to many neightbors and its still going strong but if it quit i think i would look into porter cable

TimV    Posted 09-28-2004 at 14:22:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Peanut: I like Makita, but others will probably serve. Metabo makes a good grinder, but they're pricey. I've also got excellent service out of my $19.99 Homier China junker, including long periods of running it with a 7" wire wheel. Rigid and Milwaukee have both gone way downhill in the last couple of years, though the old ones are good grinders. Milwaukee was just bought out by someone in (I believe) Hong Kong, so they're probably going to go downhill even further shortly.

toolman    Posted 09-28-2004 at 14:24:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
i think your right tim you pay more for the name now as the quality has long gone.

donna wv    Posted 09-28-2004 at 14:22:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Bought hubby a rigid for father's day and he swears it's the best one he's ever owned.

toolman    Posted 09-28-2004 at 13:35:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
i use mine quite a bit and i buy the cheap ones as it easier to throw them away than an expensive one and when the expensive one goes im always looking for parts to fix it a waste of my time, i can buy two or more forthe price of an expensive one, that way i always got an extra one laying around.

tacon1    Posted 09-28-2004 at 15:53:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have to agree with toolman, mine is a cheap Chinese from Harbor Freight and it works fine. And like he said, it's cheaper to throw it away and buy a new one than the cost of repairs.

Peanut    Posted 09-28-2004 at 13:40:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Do you run into lack-of-power problems with the cheapies?

toolman    Posted 09-28-2004 at 14:22:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
not so far and nothing i use them for , i get alot of my stuff from canadian tire they are reasonably priced and usually pretty decent stuff, (some quality name brand as well) for what i need, if i need speciality tools then i usually go to the dealers

Len....NY    Posted 09-28-2004 at 12:56:21       [Reply]  [No Email]

Hey there peanut, don't forget to check out Porter Cable. I've always appreciated their quality.

Fawteen    Posted 09-28-2004 at 12:55:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a DeWalt. No complaints.

UcleTom    Posted 09-28-2004 at 16:08:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have 1 makita that i paid 52$, it is the plastic gearbox one. Then one came on sale for 37$ for the makita aluminum gear box so i bought up.Havent had any problems. They work great for lawn mower blades clamped in a vice.

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