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Re: My Black Friday Adventures, And a New Grinder

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welding man

11-23-2012 12:09:49

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Really tough to find a good 4 1/2 in grinder. No body in the world is as tough on grinders as I am. Milwaukee used to last me a year to 18 months, now they are Chinese Junk. Last one I bought made it 3 months, sent it back and they repaired it lasted 3 months. Threw it in the trash. Bought a Makita,it died yesterday,lasted 6 months. The last Dewalt I bought didn't make it 30 Days.No luck with Bosch-Metabo-Black and Decker-or Ryobi either. Anyone else got any suggestions. Oh by the way, I buy grinding wheels 100 at a time and they last me about 3 months. I do a lot of grinding.

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11-23-2012 16:10:45

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 Re: My Black Friday Adventures, And a New Grinder in reply to welding man, 11-23-2012 12:09:49  
My only suggestion would be a bigger grinder. If you're having trouble with Metabo grinders, there may be no help available.

I've had nothing but good out of the old 5" Makita and a 6" Metabo grinder, if you have any use for a bigger grinder. We've gone to using 3M grinding pads with the plastic backing disc. The quality of a grinder will become apparent pretty quick with those. Can't grind a groove with one, but they will remove a mountain of metal in a hurry.

Now, if you're looking for a good electric pencil-type die grinder, Pferd is where it's at. Metabo is as bad as the rest with that particular tool.

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Stick welding

11-23-2012 15:44:39

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 Re: My Black Friday Adventures, And a New Grinder in reply to welding man, 11-23-2012 12:09:49  
Have you tried a Fein? They're supposed to be very good power tools. A lot of people like Hitachi too but I'm not sure about a 4 1/2". Surprised about Metabo as they usually have a slip clutch.

Lanse's new grinder should be OK as long as he doesn't lean on it too much. I had an old B&D 4 1/2" that I really liked but used it on something a little too big. I like the paddle switch better than a trigger.

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welding man

11-23-2012 17:32:35

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 Re: My Black Friday Adventures, And a New Grinder in reply to Stick welding, 11-23-2012 15:44:39  
I haven't tried a Metabo in quiet some time. Checked them out again a while ago. Looks like they might have improved them since I last owned one. Might order one tomarrow.Thanks for the input.

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Russ from MN

11-23-2012 14:29:07

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 Re: My Black Friday Adventures, And a New Grinder in reply to welding man, 11-23-2012 12:09:49  
The place I retired from used Metabo, bought them from our welding supply, they might be the best available. That"s the 4 1/2", the bigger ones had a temperature sensor or something that would shut them down just when you need them! the 4 1/2 s just kept on going!

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