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Old 10-25-2008, 10:37 PM
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hey who has cordless 4 1/4 inch angle grinders they use...what brands...and what voltage...God i'm tired of tripping over cords...Help me with advice...Jeff
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Old 10-26-2008, 07:13 AM
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I bought the cordless Milwaukee, 24v, just about useless, awkward, cumbersome, big, very heavy and absolutely eats batteries. For me to keep it in operation, I'd need one of these 20 position gang battery charger, to keep enough batteries charge to make it worth while.

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Old 10-26-2008, 08:55 AM
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I've had my Ryobi 18V grinder for a couple? years now and have nothing but praise for it. Well recommended if you own the Ryobi 18V "One+" tools already. I reviewed it soon after I bought it below.

http://www.shopfloortalk.com/forums/...hlight=grinder

PS: I should add that I hold it "one handed" and squeeze the trigger with my pinky/ring finger and that has been working fine for me.
PPS: Another important item I neglected to mention in the review is that it only spins at 6,500rpm compared to a corded 10,000rpm.
PPS: I find it especially useful for cutting padlocks off with a skinning blade.
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Old 10-26-2008, 09:33 AM
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I used a dewalt with a cut off wheel on it and in this one particular situation it worked ok.... I could have done the same with a hack saw and taken about the same amount of time but the dewalt was easier to find this time.
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Old 10-26-2008, 10:07 AM
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I use the dewalt 18v usually with cut off wheels. It eats batterys so I always have an extra with me. It is used only when I can't get power to what I need to work on.

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Old 10-26-2008, 10:43 AM
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I have a Dewalt 18V that I use mainly for grinding. It is very handy for small quick jobs but not as powerfull as a corded grinder.

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Old 10-26-2008, 12:48 PM
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The only one I've ever used was the DeWalt. We used it to cut the tops of metal fence posts off level after the rails were set so they'd all be the same height in relation to the fence. It was a very awkward job and couldn't have gotten by any other way. The guy leading the job added the cost of the tool and extra batteries into the job--the homeowner was that picky about it.

It worked well on the thin gauge metal poles with a cutoff wheel. It was slow going compared to a corded one. I've put off buying one of my own just because of the lack of performance. The need has never justified the cost. It is one of the few One+ tools that I do not own, as I can buy many extension cords for the cost of the tool...
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Old 10-26-2008, 04:36 PM
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I bought the Ryobi after I bought the Ryobi cordless set so I was already equipped with batteries and chargers. I use the grinder when I installed three point drive shafts on tractors. The drive shafts often needed to be shortened and then dress the cut end to slide in or over the other side. I often use it with a different wheel than the corded version in the shop to prevent wheel changes.
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Old 10-26-2008, 07:16 PM
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I have always got the impression that the cordless angle grinders are only for a quick job. The batteries only last a short time and run down fast. They never have had much power and are fairly slow at grinding metal. Save your money and use a corded angle grinder.

also, there have been talks about these on here before. I tried to find the links to them but could not. All I found was mccutters link.
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I had the DeWalt 18V and as mentioned, it was a battery eater, but it got the job done when it needed to. This year, I've been using the Makita 18V Li-Ion system (and just ordered a kit for myself) and it's twice the grinder of the DeWalt Ni-Cd. These days, except for my SDS-Max, I'm pretty much all cordless with Makita Li-Ion. Though I still have corded grinders for most shop work, just cause they stay plugged in and handy, each with different wheels.
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