Posted by Lanse on September 03, 2012 at 05:23:21 from (188.8.131.52):
So, back last spring when I was building that BBQ, I probably would have killed for a good 7" grinder. Then, when I sold it a week or two ago, I decided I'd go and buy one.
My first thought was to go with the $149 Makita from HD... Looked it over, looked nice, not too heavy, feels well made, etc.
Then the other day I happened to be in Lowes and I checked out their 7" Hitachi. Looks almost identical to the Makita, same 15 amps, just a little heavier. Quite beastly and its currently on sale for $89.
Seems kind of hard to beat. Keep in mind that this isnt something Im going to be using every day, its just one of those things that when you need it, you need it.
Granted I'd rather have the pretty blue than lime green, the only difference I can see is in the weight, the Hitachi is noticeably much heavier than the Makita. Im actually thinking this might be a good thing, if it's heavier duty, Im all for the added weight.
Thing is, I have zero experience with Hitachi tools.
Whats you guy's opinion of them? Is it a good brand? Do they last? Or is this a rebadged Harbor Freight Grinder for twice the price and I should quit being cheap and buy the Makita?
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