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Old 10-11-2008, 11:07 PM
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I need a nice 7" or 9" angle grinder. I was wondering if of is better than the others. I have used fatfranks 7" milwaukee and thought it was ok but wasnt real impressed with it, but it did work just fine. I have a cheap dewalt 7" and it feels like it is going to shake you to death and explode while running.

What about the old looking makita. I found a few stores, where it is only $170.
http://www.amazon.com/Makita-GA7001L...3783771&sr=8-9

Would this be a long lasting tuff tool or should I look at another brand.


Also who makes a nice 4-1/2" air angle grinder thats good.

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Old 10-12-2008, 08:28 AM
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I had to replace one recently, had to go with mail order, I as a last resort
had to go with Sears, #009-26438, 13 amp, 8k rpm 110.00 bucks, got it on sale for 99.00
with free shipping. Other than being louder than a raped ape it has been
a work horse. Where I am I only have grinders and a saber saw for cutting.
My Dewalt saber saw does well on 1/4 plate and pipe. In a bind I would get
another one and a big bag of ear plugs.
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Old 10-12-2008, 08:57 AM
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the Makita should be good.
I have an old Black & Decker Wildcat in my truck.
I got one of these for the guys a couple years ago and it has held up well:
http://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-D28493N...819115&sr=1-17

I have several of the Dw 402 4 1/2" grinders,and they are good too, but hard to find.

Here is a good place to get them http://www.landmessertools.com/

They have a lot of stuff and good pricing.

And, remember that a grinder is only as good as the wheel you put on it.
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I have a Big Milwaukee, a Makita, a Porter Cable, a slightly smaller Makita low speed polisher and a B&D Industrial low speed polisher. They are all smooth as glass, quite as could be expected, work hard and run good. The Milwaukee is the one I use the most when it gets down to hogging some metal off. It is almost impossible to overwork that big rascal.

A few years ago, my old workhorse of a big grinder was a B&D Industrial grinder, probably a Wildcat. My dad, OM, bought it new in the early 70s. I finally let the Magic Genie out of it in 2005. It had been rebuilt twice and had countless brush changes.

Mostly it is down to this: Buy the industrial use model of a good quality brand and you won't be disappointed. Beyond that it's a Fords & Chebys comparison.
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Old 10-12-2008, 09:12 AM
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Over the years I have collected four large grinders and they spend most of there life under the bench not being used since the smaller grinders came out. I have always had good luck with Milwaukee and the old Black and Deckers.
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Old 10-12-2008, 09:22 AM
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I forgot... I have a 9" Bosch in the shop and I'd never get another.
It whines something awful and has a very short cord.
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I have a 7" Metabo, 2 Milwaukees and a old beat up B&D, and like Digr rarely use them, I end using one of them about once a year. Most I use a 6" Metabo with a 4 1/2"guard on it, and that does almost all of what I work on.

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Old 10-12-2008, 10:49 AM
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I have a 7" Metabo, 2 Milwaukees and a old beat up B&D, and like Digr rarely use them, I end using one of them about once a year. Most I use a 6" Metabo with a 4 1/2"guard on it, and that does almost all of what I work on.

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Old 10-12-2008, 01:41 PM
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have 2 9 inch dewalt industrials and a 9 inch wildcat.

only use them for heavy plate weld prep and rarely do that at all anymore.


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Old 10-13-2008, 05:18 AM
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I forgot... I have a 9" Bosch in the shop and I'd never get another.
It whines something awful and has a very short cord.
what colour is your bosch?

green or blue?

Cos my top reccomendation would definitely be a blue bosch. a friend has a couple of them and I love using them. soo much quieter and smoother than my 9 inch makita
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