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FESTOOL DISCUSSIONS => Festool Wish List => Topic started by: teocaf on March 11, 2015, 10:25 AM

Title: Cordless angle grinder--Suggestions?
Post by: teocaf on March 11, 2015, 10:25 AM
Can't find that thread at the moment but I wish Festool made a cordless angle grinder.  Having run long cords through the snow many times this past winter, I'm now ready to buy a cordless grinder.  Anyone have experience and use one regularly?  I'm looking for suggestions to narrow down my list.  Looking for a high quality tool with decent lasting capabilities.
Title: Re: Cordless angle grinder--Suggestions?
Post by: rst on March 11, 2015, 10:56 AM
I have the Milwaukee M18 grinder and it is great especially with their 49-94-4500 stainless cutting wheels.  I do commercial steel and aluminum door work and use mine all the time...GREAT tool.  ;D
Title: Re: Cordless angle grinder--Suggestions?
Post by: bionicus on March 11, 2015, 11:51 AM
Metabo LTX or Milwaukee Fuel

http://www.toolsofthetrade.net/cordless-tools/18-volt-cordless-angle-grinders_o.aspx (http://www.toolsofthetrade.net/cordless-tools/18-volt-cordless-angle-grinders_o.aspx)

Milwaukee now has 5.0 Ah batteries if you need the extra runtime but I don't think they're including them with the kits yet.
Title: Re: Cordless angle grinder--Suggestions?
Post by: sae on March 11, 2015, 11:54 AM
Metabo should be the first and last on your list. :)

Angle grinders are their core business and second to none. The cordless version isn't as fully featured as their corded ones, but even with the autobalancer, it's one of the smoothest angle grinders I've used. Made in Germany.


Bonus is their brushless drill is also really good so you can share batteries, and they started manufacturing tools for Mafell too in case you want them in red. [smile]
Title: Re: Cordless angle grinder--Suggestions?
Post by: waho6o9 on March 11, 2015, 12:01 PM
Metabo WP18LTX115

Battery: 18 volts, 5.2 Ah
Battery gauge: 4 bars, on battery
Weight: 5.5 pounds
RPM:8,000
Switch type: paddle switch (lock-on slider switch model also available)
Guard: 4 1/2-inch grinder guard
Guard adjustment: tool free
Other features: rotating battery, removable filter screen, overload warning light
Web price: kit $399; bare tool $103.
Includes: tool, 2 batteries, charger, wrench, plastic case
Country of origin: tool: China; battery: Hungary
Title: Re: Cordless angle grinder--Suggestions?
Post by: bigjonh on March 11, 2015, 12:55 PM
Makita, love mine use it all the time. They have a brushless one out now.
Title: Re: Cordless angle grinder--Suggestions?
Post by: sae on March 11, 2015, 01:32 PM
Metabo WP18LTX115

Battery: 18 volts, 5.2 Ah
Battery gauge: 4 bars, on battery
Weight: 5.5 pounds
RPM:8,000
Switch type: paddle switch (lock-on slider switch model also available)
Guard: 4 1/2-inch grinder guard
Guard adjustment: tool free
Other features: rotating battery, removable filter screen, overload warning light
Web price: kit $399; bare tool $103.
Includes: tool, 2 batteries, charger, wrench, plastic case
Country of origin: tool: China; battery: Hungary

The COO isn't correct in that article.

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Title: Re: Cordless angle grinder--Suggestions?
Post by: teocaf on March 11, 2015, 02:12 PM
thanks for all the responses.  i had not mentioned in the original post that my two finalists were metabo and milwaukee in that order because i did not want to skew the suggestions and i was also interested to see if there were any other options that i had not heard about.  i have and heavily use a number of corded grinders:  metabo, milwaukee and makita.  while they all have held up, i do prefer the little extras on the metabo i have like the variable speed control and the general feel of the tool.  i also purchased recently a metabo combi hammer drill which i absolutely love and selected it even over the hilti.

yesterday, when i stopped in at my local fastenal where i got my corded metabo some years back they did not have any cordless on the shelf but i could not help but notice that there was a stack of german made metabo grinders in color boxes and right next to them in a black and white box was a chinese made metabo, so i think that currently they are made in several places.  that seems to be the case for proxxon as well.  earlier tools i have from them are from germany or lichtenstein, but the most recent two things i got from them are from china, so we shall see if they hold up in time.
Title: Re: Cordless angle grinder--Suggestions?
Post by: Cheese on March 11, 2015, 02:18 PM
I have always used 2 Milwaukee corded 5" Super Magnum® 6156-20 grinders. One of them with grinding accessories mounted and the other with cut-off accessories mounted. I just purchased the M18 5" fuel 2780-20. Fantastic performance and excellent battery life because of the brushless motor. I'll be purchasing a second Fuel grinder and putting the 2 corded Milwaukee's down the road.
Title: Re: Cordless angle grinder--Suggestions?
Post by: sae on March 11, 2015, 02:48 PM
yesterday, when i stopped in at my local fastenal where i got my corded metabo some years back they did not have any cordless on the shelf but i could not help but notice that there was a stack of german made metabo grinders in color boxes and right next to them in a black and white box was a chinese made metabo, so i think that currently they are made in several places.  that seems to be the case for proxxon as well.  earlier tools i have from them are from germany or lichtenstein, but the most recent two things i got from them are from china, so we shall see if they hold up in time.

Their lowest end corded grinder is made in China I believe, along with some of their other non-core tools (so far, my cordless recip saw and cordless circ saw are made in China). The drills and cordless angle grinders are all made in Germany I believe. There's some other forum where a member was keeping track of all the COOs, I'll see if I can find it again.