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Old 01-20-2008, 12:50 PM
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When I use a die grinder in the shop, I usually use one of various pneumatic models, I have, but in the field, compressed air at times is not available. So the need for an electric die grinder become necessary. After trying numerous models by Milwaukee, DeWalt, and Black & Decker over the yrs, I've finally settled on 2 models from Metabo, both are variable speeds models, the GE 700 is a 7,000-27,000 rpm model, while the GsE 7145 is a 2,000-5,500 rpm model, with a offset nose assembly to handle the gear reduction, to limit the speeds. The speed adjustment is made by the yellow wheels at the rear of the motor housings. The GsE 7145 (has been replaced by the GE 900) is the original model and uses a wrench piece to lock the spindle to tighten or loosen the holding collet, while the GE 700 has the newer style built in spindle lock at the collet base. The units are very well made, work great, and have proven to be very durable, the variable speed mode make these units to be very controllable.

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http://www.metabo.com/metabo/handgef...aightgrinders/
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Old 01-20-2008, 01:54 PM
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Well, those are fancier than my old Sears 'n Roebuck models.
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Old 01-21-2008, 04:49 PM
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Well, those are fancier than my old Sears 'n Roebuck models.
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What is that? a Thomas Edison signature model, actually signed bt TAE himself. :evil:

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Old 01-21-2008, 05:21 PM
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What is that? a Thomas Edison signature model, actually signed bt TAE himself. :evil:

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Now thats funny right there! Jack I couldn't have phrased it better!
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Thanks for the write up and product review, Jack. Someday I need to get a die grinder for the shop at work. Our LWS carries Metabo too.
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What is that? a Thomas Edison signature model, actually signed bt TAE himself. :evil:

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Young whipper snappers! I remember using one like that, that a buddy of mine has. It wasn't THAT long ago! LOL

That model had an optional mount so that, you could put it on a lathe, as a toolpost grinder. I bought a Craftsman about 30 years ago but, by then, only the nose was aluminum. The motor housing was plastic.

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Jack, thanks for the post. I am currently in the marke for a new electric die grinder and I like the variable speed option on the Metabo. My Milwaukee wasn't variable speed.

What air die grinder do you recommend? My current air supply 15-18cfm 90psi.
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I am currently in the marke for a new electric die grinder and I like the variable speed option on the Metabo.
I suppose I would have liked to have tried a Metabo at some point, just never ran across the opportunity. (Variable speed is something I would have liked but I can't think of a use that I would have needed it for. If I had variable speed on a grinder, I suppose I would find a use.) I own a few other brands though. I have a smaller DeWalt die grinder that gets used almost every day and performs well, I've only had it a few years. I have a big B&D Industrial that is a beast for power and very well made. I've had it for 15 years or more and no complaints what so ever. Unfortunately, I loaned it to Dad a few years ago and he hasn't been too interested in letting it go home. It misses me.



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What air die grinder do you recommend? My current air supply 15-18cfm 90psi.
It takes a serious air supply to feed die grinders... It looks like you have that met. I am partial to Cleco & Dotco brand pneumatic die grinders. Lotsa' power, they are not cheap but very well made and worth every penny. I run a couple of Ingersol-Rand die grinders as well, they are good but I've had much better experience with Cleco & Dotco. Don't waste your money on ChiCom junk, they consume tons of air to get gutless, crappy performance, fall apart in no time, and have a tendency to let the file loose because of crappy collets. Talk about a loose bullet! Been there, done that. They are an OSHA recordable waiting to happen.

Oh! Don't forget a quality brand of air tool oil. Cheap air tool oil and oil not made for pneumatic tools will build up inside the tool and cause problems. I put a drop or two in the pressure port at the start of every day that I use the tool. If I'm working it hard, I will put a drop in every hour or two. I put another drop or two in and spin it up at the end of the day.

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I like Metabo. I probably would have gotten one of the Metabos if my supplier had actually wanted to order one. So, my DeWalt has served me well to date.
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What air die grinder do you recommend? My current air supply 15-18cfm 90psi.
That like asking which is the best brand of beer is. :evil:

There are as many good air die grinders, I have a couple of I-Rs, good reliable units, a Couple of Macs (probably I-Rs), a couple of Vikings, good servicable unit and 3 Nitto-Kohkis, unbelieveable units, well made, lite and built to last, not real popular as they run in the $400-600 range per unit. Like all pneumatic devices, they need good clean air, and as PM said they need to be properly lubed to get the best results. It appears that your air supply wouldn't be a problem.

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