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Re: 4-1/2 Grinders

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dr sportster

02-09-2013 07:07:53

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Make sure you get one with the trigger lock. If you don't have this feature your hand will get much more fatigued. Some shops see this as a safety issue and if you had the switch lock you had to hide it if a safety guy came around. When you are grinding for 8-10 hrs you need the switch to stay locked so you can vary your grip on the tool.

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02-09-2013 15:50:25

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 Re: 4-1/2 Grinders in reply to dr sportster, 02-09-2013 07:07:53  
Funny you should mention that. The welding shop I worked in 15 years ago had big 9" Makitas that I used to grind off the burrs where the welders had attached bars to pull the sheet steel into place before welding up the luggers, roll-offs and trash containers they were building. They had the locks removed from them too, for safety reasons. I ran those grinders for 10hrs a night and had to hold the switch on the whole time. I remember waking up with my index and middle finger snapped tight shut to my palm and having to pull them away from my hand with my other hand.

I did end up with a lot of respect for Makita tools though, after watching the pounding they took.

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