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Old 02-14-2017, 12:15 PM   #1
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So... Most people consider the Makita to be the best wired grinder on the planet per dollar spent. I guess I'm one of those guys? I mean, I have a Makita for wired use and a Milwaukee for wireless and haven't had an issue with either. I tend to go fo...
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Old 02-14-2017, 06:23 PM   #2
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Incase this post inspires people to check out Fein grinders. Beware the new entry price WSG 7-115. It is not made in Germany, it is made in China.

Most of Fein's things are made in Germany, but theres a few that are not.
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Old 02-14-2017, 07:09 PM   #3
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I know the Fein is 3 times the price of an equivalent spec Makita in my local tool shop. I would like one as it looks and feels quality, but we get about 10 years out of the Makitas with a brush change or two.
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Old 02-14-2017, 07:15 PM   #4
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So... Most people consider the Makita to be the best wired grinder on the planet per dollar spent. I guess I'm one of those guys? I mean, I have a Makita for wired use and a Milwaukee for wireless and haven't had an issue with either. I tend to go fo...
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I thought Metabo was considered the best?
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Old 02-14-2017, 07:19 PM   #5
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I thought Metabo was considered the best?
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Old 02-14-2017, 07:25 PM   #6
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We have a couple fein WSG20-180 grinders, we get a solid couple years out of them. The trigger takes some getting used to.
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Old 02-15-2017, 12:57 AM   #7
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I've had great luck with Makita grinders. I bought one just for fiberglass work 10 years ago and even with all the dust never a problem. I had several cheap ones I used for metal (harbor freight) that all failed. My father then gave me his 1988 vintage Makita when he got a new one. Still works great.
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Old 02-15-2017, 01:09 AM   #8
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I know a lot of people with Makita grinders who have been very happy with them. I don't see how the Fein could possibly be 3x the grinder.

I really like my Black and Decker 13 amp 7-9" grinder, but B&D probably hasn't made a grinder like this in 30 over years.
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Old 02-15-2017, 02:02 AM   #9
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Incase this post inspires people to check out Fein grinders. Beware the new entry price WSG 7-115. It is not made in Germany, it is made in China.

Most of Fein's things are made in Germany, but theres a few that are not.
Thank for the heads up.

A new small Bosch my dad bought is also from China.

My next one would be either Metabo or Flex with variable speed.

What do you guys think between these two?
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Old 02-15-2017, 04:39 PM   #10
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PS:

Fein Tools not made in Germany:
Cordless tools: ASB/ABS/ABSU/ASCD (China)
Corded tools: WSG 7-115 angle grinder (China ? S.Korea ?)/vacuums (Romania)/JHM core drills (USA)/belt grinders (Denmark)

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My next one would be either Metabo or Flex with variable speed.
What do you guys think between these two?
Maybe this helps :
all Metabo variable speed grinders = Made in Germany
Flex LE 9-11 125 is not made in Germany
(L 3410 VR/L 1506 VR/LE 14-7 125 INOX/L 3406 VRG are made in Germany)
-Rat tail or not....?
-variable slow speed range....?
-variable medium speed range ...?? or
-variable high speed range..... ??
-amps ??
-price ??
What do you want/need ??
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Old 02-15-2017, 05:02 PM   #11
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I know the Fein is 3 times the price of an equivalent spec Makita in my local tool shop. I would like one as it looks and feels quality, but we get about 10 years out of the Makitas with a brush change or two.
Have a hunt around for a deal Dutch! I have a few Fein tools now and I have never paid anything like that!

Think my Fein 115mm grinders was a little more expensive than Makita, but nothing like x3!

I hate grinders though, so if I have to use one I don't like the added hassle of a cheap one!

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Old 02-15-2017, 05:13 PM   #12
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Cant beat bosch imo..
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Old 02-15-2017, 07:27 PM   #13
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Makita? HA! What a joke
I have killed makitas with no problem
The longest lived grinders I have had in my shop are the black&decker industrial-dewalt grinders. I though you could never beat them.
Then because of some deal thread here I tried the FEIN grinders and they are not my favorite. Love them, have 4 of them

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Old 02-15-2017, 11:19 PM   #14
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His tear downs are great, a wealth of knowledge and pretty evenly critical
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Old 02-15-2017, 11:45 PM   #15
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I don't have a Fein grinder, but I do have grinders from Dewault, Makita, Milwaukee, Hitachi, Bosch, Porter Cable, Harbour Freight, and Metabo. All of them are pretty good. I use all sizes, 4 1/2, 6, 7 and 9 inch.

I'd say I value smooth running and plenty of power over anything else.

I'd put the Metabo and the Makitas at the top.
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The Metabo with the quick nut is awesome and seems to have a powerful, smooth motor.

The Makita 6 inch 11 amp SJS with soft start and variable speed is probably the best combination of power and easy to use. I could use Makitas all day with their butter smooth motors.

The 7-9 inch ones are just too big and heavy for me to use much. I've got a 9 inch Dewault that is a monster, but I can only use it a few minutes at a time.

Bosch is probably my least favorite of the name brands - very rough running.

Porter Cable is the sleeper among them. About the cheapest and very durable.

Harbour Frieght grinders are OK for occasional light duty use - If used hard, either their switches or the brush holders will give out.

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Old 02-16-2017, 12:48 PM   #16
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Makita? HA! What a joke
I have killed makitas with no problem
The longest lived grinders I have had in my shop are the black&decker industrial-dewalt grinders. I though you could never beat them.
Then because of some deal thread here I tried the FEIN grinders and they are not my favorite. Love them, have 4 of them

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Do you mean that you like the Fein over the B&D? Have you tried the Metabo?
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Old 02-16-2017, 12:53 PM   #17
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PS:

Fein Tools not made in Germany:
Cordless tools: ASB/ABS/ABSU/ASCD (China)
Corded tools: WSG 7-115 angle grinder (China ? S.Korea ?)/vacuums (Romania)/JHM core drills (USA)/belt grinders (Denmark)


Maybe this helps :
all Metabo variable speed grinders = Made in Germany
Flex LE 9-11 125 is not made in Germany
(L 3410 VR/L 1506 VR/LE 14-7 125 INOX/L 3406 VRG are made in Germany)
-Rat tail or not....?
-variable slow speed range....?
-variable medium speed range ...?? or
-variable high speed range..... ??
-amps ??
-price ??
What do you want/need ??
I thought I had decided until your post

is rat tail useful?
Price not a problem.
Speed- not sure what I need. I mostly use it for cutting a few things, but mostly for grinding steel as well as rough sanding with proper attachment. If i get the variable one I may use it for polishing the car?

Will go back to the drawing board again
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Old 02-16-2017, 01:44 PM   #18
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PS:

Fein Tools not made in Germany:
Cordless tools: ASB/ABS/ABSU/ASCD (China)
Corded tools: WSG 7-115 angle grinder (China ? S.Korea ?)/vacuums (Romania)/JHM core drills (USA)/belt grinders (Denmark)

My old Fein Rotary, which I don't have in my possesion, I could have sworn it was German made.
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Old 02-16-2017, 01:44 PM   #19
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I wouldn't use it to polish a car. Get a random orbital for that.
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Old 02-16-2017, 03:42 PM   #20
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I wouldn't use it to polish a car. Get a random orbital for that.

Thanks Pureleaf
Now that I re-read my post I have realised it.

how about the Festool ETS

I think I will go with the elbow grease in the end
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