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Old 02-11-2006, 10:18 PM
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I was looking at the 4 1/2 grinders. Anyone ever have any problems with them? I have a makita now and its about 6 years old and still going strong, but I would love to get another grinders. So whats your take on the Chicago Electric stuff? Is it all crap?

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I've experimented with some of the mid to high end grinders ($50-$100) and discovered they can be burned up just about as quickly as a Chicago, or in my case, even faster. So now I just have two $16 Chicago's from Harbor Freight. One to grind with and the other as my backup in the event number one blows up and I have to wait while a new one gets deliverd from HF.

Obviously, if you are using the tool on a professional level (6-8 hours a day) you will probably want to forget Chicago and go VERY high end. But for the hobbyist, I think the Chicago grinder is just fine and works out better financially than the big buck grinders. I also have the Chicago die grinder to run my burrs - and haven't had a lick of trouble with it.

Cheap- is- better clearly does not apply to all tools. But in the case of the Chicago grinders, my opinion is it does.

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Ive got a 4" for 10 years now Ive used it for metal going afar as using a 7" disk on it & Ive used it to cut ceramic & porcelain tile !

the switch on mine sticks some times .

For the $$ you can't beat it!


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