|Review by PurpLev||posted 07-23-2009 10:44 PM||3442 views||0 times favorited||13 comments|
seems like I had my share of disappointing experiences with tools last couple of weeks, but I guess a bad review is more valuable than a good one as it can save the agony of others. so here goes:
I had a dewalt cordless grinder for years, and although I have very limited use for it, I find it very valuable, since when the time comes – there’s nothing else that can do that job as good. unfortunately my 18v batteries all died on me, and currently there is no justification to spend the ~$100 per battery replacement, and so I started replacing all my cordless tools with corded versions since I’m not a contractor anymore, and don’t really need the cordless abilities.
Since I do not work with metals much, I don’t really require a very powerful angle grinder, nor one with extra features such as variable speed, etc. so I figured I’ll get something simple, on the cheap, that will do that I need it to do once in a while (grinding off nails, wire brushing clean wood… thats about it). having good experience with the PC Circular Saw, and seeing that this grinder is very attractive in price (~$40 after tax) I bought it with no second thoughts.
The unit looks good out of the box, feels solid, and comfortable to hold. upon usage I noticed it was vibrating much more than my cordless dewalt did – but give the fact this one spins at 10K rpm and the cordless only at 6.5K rpm that was acceptable.
after cleaning some bowling alley slab from the protective layer of tar for reclaiming the lumber I wanted to change the used wire brush attachment with a new one is where I got stuck: the wire brush was locked tight on the thread, putting some pressure on it to release it caused the spindle lock to break. from the looks of it, the spindle lock is based on plastic parts, compared to my dewalt which incorporates a metal lock. at this point, there was no way for me to lock the spindle to remove the used wire brush attachment, and the entire machine including the wire brush on it went back to the store.
while at the store, I happened to look at the PC 18v Cordless tools, and it seems that PC utilizes lots of plastics (locking mechanisms etc) on these tools as well compared to metal parts on other brands. just thought I’d mention it here if anyone is out and about and looking to buy something like that – just keep that in mind.
definitely did not pick up another one of the same… and cannot recommend this unit to anyone else. worth spending twice as much and get the dewalt, or similar others.
Thanks for reading,
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