Best Angle Grinder
If you currently own a car that is older than 5 years, there is no way you can try to fix anything of significance about it, without having an angle grinder at hand. After years and years of rain, heat, and snow, every bolt on the car will be seized, you can be sure that there will be signs of rust here and there, and there will be certain the situations where all the WD-40 in the world will not be enough. That is actually the great thing about having an angle grinder at hand: you can use it for so many different functions that you can be sure it will get you out of almost any bind, and it is the one investment in your garage tools that you are never going to regret.
That is of course if you buy an angle grinder that actually can get the job done because you have to remember that an angle grinder gets pushed very, very hard so its gears need to be able to take a lot of punishment, and every retention bolt needs to be very tight and of the best quality because the one thing you cannot afford is to have things start flying off in your garage while you are using it.
A very simple way of knowing if your angle grinder will stand the test of time is to only choose reputable brands like Makita, DeWalt, Porter-Cable or Bosch. Of course the other challenge is to find those products that will do the job you need but that will not cost you an arm and a leg. It is true that price coincides with quality some of the times, but there are products out there that are simply ridiculously overpriced and for no reason pertaining to their quality. Knowing all of that we have set out to search the best angle grinder on the market while taking into consideration the fact that not every home mechanic will have the financial power of a professional garage.
So we created 3 different categories, the first being best angle grinder on the market if money is not the issue, which is what the professional mechanic should be buying, and there is a best angle grinder on a budget category that should be the focus of your average home mechanic. So we encourage you to go through each angle grinder review the able to make an informed decision about which product is the best for you and your needs.
|DEWALT DWE402K 4-1/2-Inch 11-Amp Angle Grinder Kit||4.8/5||$$|
|Makita 9565CV 5-Inch Variable Speed Angle Grinder||4.0/5||$$$|
|PORTER-CABLE PC60TAG 6.0-Amp 4-1/2-Inch Angle Grinder||4.4/5||$|
|Makita 9557PBX1 4-1/2-Inch Angle Grinder with Aluminum Case||4.7/5||$$|
Best Angle Grinder If Money Is Not an Issue
Spending a lot of money on features you do not need, or just because there is a big brand name stamped on the side of your angle grinder, is never a good idea. However, there are features that are absolutely essential on an angle grinder, and there are certainly some features that, although not essential, are certainly worth the money. So, if you can afford to pay a little bit extra to get the best of the best, your best choice will be the Makita 9565CV 5-Inch Variable Speed Angle Grinder . The most significant feature that attracted us to the Makita is the Super Joint System, or SJS, that prevents gear damage. For those of you who have never used an angle grinder, you should know that there will always be situations where the grinder will get stuck in a piece of metal and stop suddenly. For those situations, having an excellent gear system protection system is essential, because otherwise the gears will get chipped.
It is not likely that you will ever be in a situation where bringing the angle grinder to a forced dead stop will actually destroy it completely, but, in time, through multiple stops like that, the gears will be faded to the point where they will stop transmitting any power from the motor to the rim. There are several other functions that we absolutely love about the Makita 9565CV 5-Inch Variable Speed Angle Grinder, like the fact that it has the most powerful motor in this line of products, at 12 Amps, and it also has the ability to take the biggest diamond rim available at 5”. That is almost double the power most angle grinders come with and it is essential for cutting through thicker pieces of metal. There is also an electronic limiter that senses when the motor is overloaded and stops it before over heating or an accidental dead stop can incur significant damage.
Finally, professional mechanics and home enthusiasts too will appreciate he fact that you have a dial with 5 setting to control the speed. Although we do not actually recommend this, it is important to point out that you can actually take the Makita 9565CV 5-Inch Variable Speed Angle Grinder to its lowest setting and use it as a polisher, although there are better tools for that, and you should probably chose one of those if you are not a very experience polisher.
Best Angle Grinder Overall/For the Money
We have already talked about the best features you could have on an angle grinder today, but the truth is that you do not really need many of those features. We do love having a 12 Amps motor to work with but the truth is that you can make do just as well with a 11 Amp motor and just a 4 1⁄2 inches blade, especially since the price difference between the 2 is significantly lower. And that is where the DeWalt DWE402K angle grinder comes in. This is the best deal for the money you could get and we would be very excited if everyone of our readers could afford it. There is a budget solution and we are going to talk about it in a minute, but here you have the best deal you are ever going to get. DeWalt is the company that takes on Bosch on every hardware tool contest and, even if they do not win every time, they come so close as to make no difference. So the quality level of the parts that went into making the DeWalt DWE402K are of the highest standard and it will definitely serve you for years to come. It has a dust ejection system that was designed to keep any type of debris away from the gear case, providing an extra level of protection.
Best Angle Grinder on a Budget
The one true fact that we have to accept is that even people with the skill level of an advanced mechanic may, sometimes, not be able to afford the best angle grinder on the market, and that is when you will want to reach for something like the Porter-Cable PC60TAG . The great thing is that Porter-Cable build excellent hardware that stands the test of time. The bad news is that the Porter-Cable PC60TAG only has a 6 Amp motor. Used properly those 6 amps should be more than enough to cut through basically anything, but the thing is that you will not be able to afford to change the angle of the cutting as you go deeper into the metal.
That is something that you should not be doing anyway, but the thing about the angle grinder we have been talking so far, is that they are strong enough to actually compensate for the lack of skill on the part of the user. The Porter-Cable PC60TAG uses a cast metal gear case that will protect the gears, and given that the motor is somewhat weaker, that protection is essential. The guard can be removed without the need for any tools, and you only need a single type of wrench to change the other bits on the angle grinder. Both of these features are essential because they too help compensate for that weaker motor by allowing you to change to the exact type of disc that each step of a job may require.
There is one other angle grinder that we gave a lot of consideration and almost nominated it as our best choice for the money, and it is the Makita 9557PBX1 . On the one hand it is an even cheaper angle grinder than the DeWalt we ended up choosing. However, the price difference is not so great that it would make us forget that the Makita only has a 7.5 motor, whereas the DeWalt actually has an 11 amps motor. However, the Makita makes up for that lack in power by providing a very nice and sturdy carry case for its angle grinder, plus a hefty reserve of diamond wheels.
So, although the Makita only makes the list as our Honorable Mention choice, there may be a lot of our budget conscious readers that may choose it. The fact that they are using a less powerful motor also allows Makita to make the entire tool lighter and to pack it in a much smaller housing. So what you end up is a much easier to use angle grinder that you can actually get into difficult to reach places and make nice, clean cuts.