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Old April 17th, 2017, 08:48 AM   #21
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My Makita has been very good to me for the price I paid. It was a holiday deal.
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Old April 17th, 2017, 09:09 AM   #22
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I know last year when I bought mine, Home Depot had a sale on Dewalt where it was a package of 2 4.5" with the paddle switch for like $80 or $90. I think they are the 7amp ones but I guess Dewalt also makes a 10 amp 4.5" grinder. Also, with Harbor Freight, the Central ones are much better than the Drillmaster. The one Drillmaster special I used would get hot to the touch when using a cutoff wheel.
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Old April 17th, 2017, 10:05 AM   #23
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Did you burn it up, or just wear out the brushes? you can replace brushes pretty cheap.

My Dewalt has a spring plunger in the brushes that when they wear out to a certain point the plunger comes out and leaves the grinder inoperable until you replace the brushes.

Dewalt parts store is right by Purity in GR.
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I have the bosch slim, I wish I bought two because they don't sell them anymore. At least where I can find them. But it's a high amp motor that I haven't been able to stall yet, but it's small enough I can touch my thumb and middle finger grabbing around it. I love it for tight places and it's light
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Did you burn it up, or just wear out the brushes? you can replace brushes pretty cheap.

My Dewalt has a spring plunger in the brushes that when they wear out to a certain point the plunger comes out and leaves the grinder inoperable until you replace the brushes.

Dewalt parts store is right by Purity in GR.
I believe I burned up the brushed, but the bearings and/or gearing in the head was going out too, figured it was just a matter of time. Rather than spend the money fixing up a beat up grinder, I just said screw it and bought a new one.
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Brushes are cheap, fix it and keep it as a back up


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Old April 17th, 2017, 05:33 PM   #28
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I have a metabo for cutting. Then I have 3 harbor freight specials. One has grinding wheel, one has flap wheel, one has wire wheel. That way one not constantly switching them. Plus I got them for like $10 on sale.
I do the same, 4 HF grinders, with a 5th on the shelf. They flame out in about a year, the one I use cut offs on.
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I have a hitachi one from lowes, it like it but sometimes the switch gets dirty and it doesn't like to shut off.
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We have a Metabo and a Milwaukee that are both about 15 years old and working great. Used almost daily. Bought newer dewalt and Milwaukee that only last a year or three, Hitachi seems to last better, not sure if we've killed one yet actually.
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In on my 3rd Makita and 2nd dewalt within the last 10 years. Sick of having grinders puke on Sunday mornings and have to waste time running. 1 hour to pick up a cheap pos to get threw the project. Next grinder is a metabo. Plus they get into tighter corners
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