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68 S-code GT
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posted 03-06-2006 08:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT        Reply w/Quote
Any recommendations? I have burned up one generic brand and Three Black & Deckers. Problems have ranged from worn out switches and brushes to the bearings. I use it for everything from grinding metal, cutting re-bar and with braided wire wheels to do some quick striping. I want something that will last more than a year. I don’t use this every day so I really can’t understand how these things crap out so easily.

68 S-code GT
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posted 03-06-2006 08:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT        Reply w/Quote
I bought a Milwaukee hole shooter and love that drill with its all metal gearing so maybe someone can steer me to a good Milwaukee grinder.


Milwaukee 6154-20 4-1/2" 12 Amp Sander/Grinder with Lock-On and Dial Speed Feature

Anybody use this one?

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71RESTO
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From: Oregon, USA
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posted 03-06-2006 10:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 71RESTO        Reply w/Quote
I bought a Dewalt a couple of years ago and have had no problems what so ever. It's pretty stout with plenty of power. If I remeber the price was around $89 (my memory isn't great though).

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fastford34
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posted 03-06-2006 03:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fastford34        Reply w/Quote
Ditto on the Dewalt grinder.
i would buy another one if this one quits.

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Barry70Stang
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posted 03-06-2006 03:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Barry70Stang        Reply w/Quote
Dewalt, mine has been great! Buy it at Sears, they're supporting our troops. (Check out the thread on Sears in Sam's Place)

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68 S-code GT
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posted 03-06-2006 05:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT        Reply w/Quote
What models do you have and how long have you had it with what kind of use?

mellowyellow
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posted 03-06-2006 05:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow        Reply w/Quote
I have the Home Depot DeWalt in the high $40's class. Wore out the first one and 2nd one still good. For the money....great. The first one I ever used was a buddy's A Makita. It was tops also.

68 S-code GT
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posted 03-07-2006 11:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT        Reply w/Quote
I think I'm going to make the jump and get the Milwaukee 6154-20. It has a variable speed from 4000-11000 and has a sensor to keep the speed constant when brought under load.

2FarGone
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From: Kent, Oh,
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posted 03-08-2006 10:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 2FarGone        Reply w/Quote

For economy I would go with the Craftsman, they are real close if not the same as a Bosch. OTOH, when you buy a tool that has lasted eight years or so the quality of the new unit may not be the same as the old.

If and when this grinder gives it up I'm going to look at the Milwaukee. But then for the last five years or so when I'm looking to buy electrical hand tools I start wtih Milwaukee (and Porter).

Barry70Stang
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posted 03-08-2006 11:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Barry70Stang        Reply w/Quote
You won't regret buying the Milwaukee, it is a good piece of equipment. I feel the same about DeWalt and Porter-Cable also. You can't go wrong with any of these brands, I've used all of them under some pretty harsh conditions at the coal fired power plant that I worked at. Good luck

68 S-code GT
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posted 03-09-2006 07:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT        Reply w/Quote
I bought a Milwaukee 1/2” drill a few years back and love the thing. I have put it through a lot and it still performs like new. I know that if I bought a Craftsman or B&D that they would have craped out by now. The Milwaukee is heavier than those but the thing is built to last!

68 S-code GT
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posted 03-14-2006 09:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT        Reply w/Quote
I only used my new Milwaukee grinder for about 15 minutes yesterday but I love it already. This thing is awesome with no jerking when you start it and the adjustable speed!

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