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Does anyone have a size or maker they prefer I am looking to upgrade for this cup stone I just bought and the little ryobi I got just won’t cut. 

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I have an ancient industrial Milwaukee, 9"?: metal bodied, weighs a metric ton, tries to break your wrists when you turn it on and has cut through many a piece of RR rail and welding tank!  I'll be hunting another one like it when it dies; I bought it used about 20 years ago...

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As far as new goes, Makita are hard to beat. The 4.5" average around $70 to $80 depending on where you shop. I have four in the shop and I've burned one up after nine years of steady use. They (Makita) are not all created equal. If it's priced around say $40-$50 USD that's a good indication it's a 6 or 7.5 amp motor. These are intended for sale at big box stores to homeowners/weekend warriors who will purchase them to cut a few pieces of rebar for a small landscape project and then never use it again. The ones that are priced higher have 10 amp or better motors and are intended for heavier duty. It's the same with Milwaukee, Dewalt, any of the major brands. They all offer lower and higher grades of tools that look very similar but internally are actually quite different. Pay more attention to the amp rating of the motor than the brand.

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I believe there was another or many more, thread/s on angle grinder preferences with a lot of good info.

 

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Good to know not looking for new since I go to so many flea markets and estates sales. Do you have any idea on price range  for a used 10amp one? 

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Look up new and pay less than that acording to condition. ;)

To be honest I rarely see the good ones at estate auctions and at fleamarkets they ask almost new prices so I buy new now as I need them.  After the last two "good" ones i bought, I haven't needed to buy one in several years. 

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Watch the classifieds. I got a solid professional quality DeWalt 7” and a bin of accessories for 30 bucks from a contractor wrapping up his business. 

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I used a lincoln 135 for years and it served me well. ( still using it too) but I needed something for thicker metal and after a lot of price shopping went with the Hobart Ironman 230. With no regrets. 

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Variable speed.

Wire wheels, grinding and sanding discs so much nicer at low to medium speed.

Haven't touched my favorite Makitas since I got one.

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I keep meaning to plug my DeWalt into my variable transformer (currently adjusting the blower speed on my forge) to run it at lower speeds. Maybe when I go to clean up those rusty frying pans....

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2 things to add to what those above have said--

If you buy a new grinder, spring another 10 bucks to get a second wrench and nut for it.  For some reason, grinder wrenches and nuts seem to have little legs and wander off....right when you are needing to use the thing.  It's really cheap backup and since you have that backup, you'll probably never need it (part of Murphy's law).  I use both threaded and unthreaded discs and the swap is when the nut gets misplaced for me.  The wrench is stolen by the underpants gnomes nor matter how careful I am.

Second is to spring for good quality wheels and flap discs rather than thinking cheap saves you money.  Better quality abrasives are soooooooo much nicer to use than the cheap stuff (especially the cheap china-made stuff) and the extra cost is well worth it.

 

Oh..on a side note a question to all:  Everything makita I own has had the cord and cord boot become brittle and crumble in only a couple of years time.  Is it just the tool-gods frowning on me or is this a problem others have also?  My milwaukee, bosch, dewalt, and other brands haven't had the same problem...only the makita.

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I don't use a wrench, I just run them up hand tight. Never had one even think of coming loose.  At work we have the speed nuts that you flip over depending on the thickness of the wheel. They have the hub for 7/8" center holes. 

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Do yourself a favor and go cordless. And Dewalt > all others for reasons.

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Pay attention to where the cord is and it won't end up cordless. :P

Frosty The Lucky.

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