An angle grinder is an extremely versatile tool, but also one that not a lot of people are familiar with. More people should be familiar with this handy little tool, as it can clean, cut, buff, polish, and grind depending on the blade it is fitted with.
If you are interested in getting an angle grinder, don’t go shopping just yet because we have a list of five great angle grinders that you are going to want to check out first. We have reviewed each of these five grinders and given the pros and cons of each.
If you want to know that the best angle grinder is, it’s the DEWALT DWE402 4-1/2-Inch 11-Amp Paddle Switch Angle Grinder.
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Angle Grinder Reviews:
DEWALT DWE402 4-1/2-Inch 11-Amp Paddle Switch Angle Grinder
The first angle grinder that we are looking at is from the very well-known and well-respected company DEWALT. The DEWALT DWE402 4-1/2-Inch 11-Amp Paddle Switch Angle Grinder is an extremely high-quality tool (as all DEWALT tools tend to be) and definitely deserves to be acknowledged on our best angle grinder list.
The first thing that we want to talk about is the power of this grinder since that is what matters the most when dealing with grinders, saws, or any other power tool. The DEWALT Angle Grinder features an 11-amp motor that has a maximum power output of 11,000 RPM.
That power output on its own is good, but when combined with the size of the DEWALT, it becomes even more impressive. While we can’t verify DEWALT’s claim that this is the best power to size ratio on the market today (as that would require looking at every major angle grinder on the market), we can verify that it is an extremely compact and powerful little angle grinder.
Speaking of power, we should take a minute to discuss the motor on the DEWALT. Now, if you have used DEWALT tools before, then you know that their power tools typically have really high-quality motors and that is the case with the motor in the DWE402. It uses a high-quality brushless motor that can handle some pretty tough jobs. The motor is also extremely durable, so you can rest easy knowing that the motor won’t die on you anytime soon.
Outside of the motor, the rest of the angle grinder is also incredibly well-made. For example, the handle can easily be repositioned to either side to make it easier for you to use. It has a one-touch guard which makes it easy to adjust the guard whenever you want. Finally, it also has a dust collection/ejection system, which means that as you are working, the grinder is automatically getting rid of annoying dust and debris.
We should also mention that this is a corded angle grinder. As we will discuss later on, there are pros and cons to wired and wireless angle grinders, so we won’t list this as being either a positive or a negative. However, if you happen to prefer wired grinders, then you will like the fact that this is a wired model.
Durable, high-quality brushless motor.
Powerful, especially given the size of the angle grinder.
Dust and debris removal system.
Easily adjusted handle.
Can be bought alone, or with a kit.
Cheap plastic handle that seems prone to breaking.
Bosch 1375A 4-1/2-Inch Angle Grinder
Next on our best angle grinder list, we have an inexpensive, but still very good, corded angle grinder from Bosch. Now, Bosch is a very well-known brand in its own right, so you probably aren’t surprised to see them appear at least once on this list.
The main draw of this particular angle grinder, in our opinion, is how easy it is to use. For starters, this is an extremely lightweight angle grinder. Now, angle grinders aren’t exactly heavy, but even by those standards, the Bosch is still incredibly lightweight. It weighs under 4 lbs. so it is extremely lightweight. This very light design means that the Bosch is very maneuverable and easy to control. Your hands and arms won’t get tired while using it, which further improves its accuracy.
Overall, the lightweight design really makes the Bosch a lot more pleasant to use and we think that experienced contractors, carpenters, and metal workers will agree.
It isn’t just easy to use either, it is also very comfortable to use thanks in large part to the very comfortable and well-made handle. The handle is ergonomically designed to fit perfectly in your hand it causes minimal amounts of discomfort, even after many hours of continuous use. Furthermore, the handle can be easily moved to either side of the angle grinder to further improve your comfort levels.
If you care about being as safe as possible when using this tool (and you should), then you will like that Bosch has included its very helpful “service minder” system. If you haven’t heard about this before, this is a system that automatically stops the tool when it detects that some sort of maintenance is needed.
When power tools fail catastrophically, they very rarely do so out of the blue, instead, they usually fail after something small breaks and goes undetected. So, this “service minder” system is very helpful.
All right let’s discuss the power of this angle grinder. For starters, it only has a 6-amp motor, which is a bit less than we would like. However, despite the low-amp motor, it still manages to have a power output of 11,000 RPM, which is the same as DEWALT that we reviewed previously on our best angle grinder list. So, the lower number of amps isn’t too big of a deal.
Despite the small size of this angle grinder, it isn’t as fragile as you would think. The interior is designed in such a way that there is minimal exposure to things like dust and debris. The exterior of the Bosch is coated in an epoxy, which helps prevent physical damage to the grinder from debris.
So, definitely consider this compact, durable, lightweight angle grinder next time you go shopping for one. It may be a bit underpowered compared to some other entries on our best angle grinder list, but it is able to perform solidly.
Epoxy coated exterior.
Interior is protected from dust and debris.
Automatically stops when it detects that maintenance is necessary.
Small and compact.
Very lightweight; weighs under 4lbs.
Motor is a bit underpowered.
Makita 9557PBX1 4-1/2-Inch Angle Grinder with Aluminum Case
We are continuing our trend on this best angle grinder list of reviewing top-rated tool brands by reviewing an angle grinder from Makita, another very great tool brand with a lot of name recognition. With this angle grinder, they have shown exactly why they are well-regarded by carpenters, contractors, and others who work with power tools.
Much like the previous angle grinder that we reviewed, the Makita 9557PBX1 is a very compact and lightweight tool. While it isn’t quite as light as the Bosch, it still only weighs a paltry 4.5 lbs. All the same things that we said about the Bosch apply here. The low weight makes the Makita very easy to use for extended periods of time and very easy to maneuver with.
However, despite the low weight, the Makita isn’t underpowered. The Makita sports a 7.5-amp motor, which is more than adequate for most household jobs. It isn’t the most powerful angle grinder on the best angle grinder list, but it isn’t the weakest either. We image that the 7.5-amp motor will be more than enough for most of you reading this.
One really nice quality-of-life feature on this grinder is the presence of a switch that lets you permanently lock the angle grinder into on mode. So, if you are working really hard on a single area, you can just lock the on switch in place and you don’t have to hold down the trigger anymore.
The interior of the tool is very well-designed. It features what is called “labyrinth construction.” Basically, what this means is that the inside of the tool is designed to prevent dust or debris from getting into the tool and then working its way throughout the rest of the tool. In other words, if somehow some debris gets inside the Makita, you can rest easy knowing that it isn’t going to work its way to other parts of the tool.
The Makita has two downsides. Firstly, the carrying case that it comes with is very low-quality and frankly just not worth it. You are better off getting your own case separately. Secondly, while the Makita does support a dust extraction system, the bundle that comes with the dust extraction tool is extremely expensive.
Lock the on switch for easy continuous use.
Lightweight; weighs 4.5 lbs.
Interior is protected from dust and debris.
Decent motor strength.
Carrying case is poorly designed.
Dust collection bundle is expensive.
Hitachi G12SR4 6.2-Amp 4-1/2-Inch Angle Grinder
Next up on our best angle grinder list, we have the Hitachi G12SR4 6.2-Amp 4-1/2-Inch Angle Grinder. This is a slightly underpowered angle grinder that succeeds in a bunch of other areas.
First, let’s start by talking about what comes with the Hitachi. Unlike a few other angle grinders on this best angle grinder list, the Hitachi does not require you to buy a separate bundle to get access to a carrying case and different blades.
By default, you get a carrying case and a couple of different blades for different jobs. Actually changing out blades is very easy thanks to the presence of a spindle lock, which allows you to change out blades and accessories with minimal hassle.
Speaking of locks, we should also mention that the Hitachi comes with the ability to lock the on switch in place for continuous use. Not a major feature, but a nice little quality-of-life feature, which is what sets angle grinders on the best angle grinder list apart from others.
The handle can be used either left-handed or right-handed. When you want to switch sides, simply pop out the handle and put it on the other side. The handle is also ergonomically designed, so you can use it for a while and not have any problems.
Finally, we should mention that the Hitachi is extremely durable. It is a solidly built angle grinder and it should last you for years, if not longer.
Very durably built.
Comes with carrying case and different blades.
Can lock the on switch for continuous use.
6.2-amp motor is a bit on the weak side.
PORTER-CABLE PC60TPAG 7-Amp 4-1/2-Inch Angle Grinder
For the last entry on our best angle grinder reviews list, we want to draw your attention to the PORTER-CABLE. The PORTER-CABLE PC60TPAG 7-Amp 4-1/2-Inch Angle Grinder is an affordable, high-quality angle grinder that should appeal to everyone and therefore it is the perfect way to end our review list.
In the power department,t the PORTER-CABLE is more than adequate. It has a 7-amp motor and a max power output of over 10,000 RPM. So, while not as powerful as say the DEWALT that we reviewed at the start of our best angle grinder list, it still has more than enough power to tackle most basic household jobs.
This is also a very durable angle grinder. The gears are housed in a solid cast metal case, which keeps them safe and protected from both physical damage and debris. The exterior of the PORTER-CABLE is similarly well-made and should last you for a while.
Despite being very well-made, the PORTER-CABLE isn’t all that expensive. In fact, it is one of the cheaper options on the entire best angle grinder list. So, this is a really good option if you want a good angle grinder, but you have a strict budget and can’t afford to try out one of the more expensive ones.
High-quality metal cast keeps internal gears safe.
Handle is a bit uncomfortable.
Angle Grinder Buying Guide
Curious as to how you can go about picking out your own best angle grinder? To help those who maybe don’t know what to look for when shopping for an angle grinder, we have decided to include this buying guide to accompany our best angle grinder reviews.
In this guide, we will give you a brief overview of what to look for when shopping for a high-quality angle grinder.
A Powerful Motor
The first thing that you want to look for when shopping for your own best angle grinder is a powerful motor. Angle grinders often rely on brute force to get the job done, so it is essential that you don’t get an underpowered angle grinder.
By far the best method for determining the strength of an angle grinder’s motor is by looking at the amps. Generally, the lowest you will see is 6-amps, which is a bit too low in our opinion (though depending on what jobs you are doing it may be more than enough).
Anywhere from 7-amps and above is good enough. Ideally, you want to go with the most powerful angle grinder available, but that isn’t always an option.
While on the subject of motors, we should also mention that you want your angle grinder’s motor to be durable, in addition to being powerful. Durable motors are ones that will last you for a long time and that won’t burn out easily when you tackle tough jobs. Look for angle grinders that advertise that they have a “brushless motor.”
Angle grinders can be used to tackle some pretty tough jobs, so you want an equally tough angle grinder that can handle those jobs without breaking down. There is a lot that goes into determining whether an angle grinder is durable or not.
We talked in the last section about finding a durable motor, so that aspect is covered. However, you also have to look for internal and external durability as well.
Internal durability refers to making sure that your angle grinder doesn’t break if dirt or debris gets into the interior of your angle grinder. Depending on what you are using your angel grinder for, this can end up being a major issue because certain jobs produce a lot of debris.
The same applies to exterior durability as well. Debris can damage the outside of your angle grinder, so you want one that is well-built and that won’t break easily.
Depending on the job, you can often end up using your angle grinder for long stretches of time. So, you want to also make sure that the angle grinder that you end up getting is actually comfortable to use.
Look for an angle grinder that is lightweight, that has an ergonomically designed handle, and that has the ability to lock the on switch in place.
This brings us to the end of our best angle grinder article. We want your feedback on both the reviews and on the buying guide.
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