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Old June 4th, 2013, 10:42 PM   #1
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I'm thinking about buying a portable grinder but I'm unsure of what brand to get
Who has tried what and what did you think of it and what would you recommend
I'm not trying to spend a ton of money on one
I was looking at a craftsman on with a lithium ion battery
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Milwaukee or dewalt are nice. Go on Amazon as they have some good pricing. Or we are running a deal you buy a drill kit and get the grinder free.
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Milwaukee or dewalt are nice. Go on Amazon as they have some good pricing. Or we are running a deal you buy a drill kit and get the grinder free.
How much is that kit?
I know dewalts aren't cheap
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Do yourself a favor and check out where the on/off switch is on various grinders. Most brands require you to hold the switch while operating and depending on your hold some can get awkward. Metabo has a positive on/off switch and is my brand of choice but haven't seen a battery operated one.
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Do yourself a favor and check out where the on/off switch is on various grinders. Most brands require you to hold the switch while operating and depending on your hold some can get awkward.
This for sure.

I think mine are Makitas and they have been through hell and still work great.

Also no lever for a switch to hold down while you are grinding...just a real on off switch.
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Avoid ryobi... My dad has the 18V one and I feel like it couldn't grind off a layer a paint. It is really weak.
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I've got a porter cable. Came in a set. The battery life is pretty sad, but its handy for a few bolts when a corded one would be inconvenient.

They make a bigger battery than what come in the kit, but its like $75.
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I saw the thread title and thought this was going to be about strippers who make house calls.
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a generator or a long heavy gauge extension cord would be much more useful.

hit up garage sales and small auctions this summer - great deals on nice stuff can always be found.
I mainly want one for use pulling parts in junk yards so the generator isn't much of an option
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My father-in-law has a 18V DeWalt that I borrowed a couple times prior to buying my own grinder, I was happy with it's performance. I imagine the newer ones with Li-Ion batteries are even better.
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I mainly want one for use pulling parts in junk yards so the generator isn't much of an option
Check and make sure the yards you frequent will allow you to use them. The you pull it's around here don't, or at least they never used to...

Otherwise I have an 18V Dewalt and it works great other than the battery life isn't too long. It doesn't hold a candle to a good corded model, but it gets the job done.
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Check and make sure the yards you frequent will allow you to use them. The you pull it's around here don't, or at least they never used to...

Otherwise I have an 18V Dewalt and it works great other than the battery life isn't too long. It doesn't hold a candle to a good corded model, but it gets the job done.
If they don't they don't look at what I bring in very well because I have brought borrowed ones in about 3 times
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Ill get pricing tmrw at work..metabo does make a.portable one....but not cheap. Do you have any other battery operated tools? That would benthe biggest determining factor for me if you have other batteries around.
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Ill get pricing tmrw at work..metabo does make a.portable one....but not cheap. Do you have any other battery operated tools? That would benthe biggest determining factor for me if you have other batteries around.
Neither me or my father have any quality cordless tools so I'm looking to start a collection
I realize its not going to be cheap but I also don't want to spend $400
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I've got the Ryobi and a new Milwaukee, with the Lithiom ion batteries there's really not a whole lot of difference in battery life. But the Milwaukee has A LOT more kick to it

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Do yourself a favor and check out where the on/off switch is on various grinders. Most brands require you to hold the switch while operating and depending on your hold some can get awkward. Metabo has a positive on/off switch and is my brand of choice but haven't seen a battery operated one.
X2 we use the metabos for that exact same reason. Well that and you can get the 6" wheel version on a standard size grinder. The majority of Pipefitters/ welders that I know use them. I have not used their cordless version but if the quality is anywhere near the corded ones I wouldn't hesitate to buy. I get around 3 years out of a 6" grinder but that is beating the hell out of it everyday. Under normal use it would last someone 3 lifetimes. Any other grinder I have used wont last 6 months.
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