Angle grinder recommendations for power carving

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Forum topic by gtbuzz posted 03-19-2014 04:02 PM 2547 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-19-2014 04:02 PM

I’ve wanted to try my hand out at some power carving, specifically with a Turbo Plane or maybe a Holey Galahad. Still also need to get an angle grinder as well. I’ve already decided I don’t want one with a slide switch on the side. Was pretty much set on the Dewalt 28402:

But then I came across the 28115:

The price difference doesn’t matter too much to me and I don’t really care about the extra power in the 28115. The one thing that I do find intriguing though, is that the 28115 has a trigger grip rather than the barrel grip on the 28402. I got my hands on the 28402 at Home Depot and it does seem like that could get tiring after a while; it’s a rather beefy grip. In fact some people mention that in the reviews for the 28115, as an advantage for it. The trigger grip also gets your hands further away from the cutter head so I figured you’d be pelted with chips far less often (at least in that hand).

Those all seem like plusses, but one thing I can’t figure out is if your right hand is further away from the cutter head like it is on the trigger grip, does that equate to less control? Your left hand is still in the same position. If that’s the case, it seems like it would negate all of the previous benefits.

Has anyone tried that trigger grip style with power carving and have any opinions?

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Shawn Masterson

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#1 posted 03-19-2014 04:51 PM

both of those are dead wrong. They are made for grinding on steel. You need variable speed. Especially being a beginner, it will make the tool less aggressive, easier to handle, and more forgiving. Back when I was doing granite counter tops we used every brand you could think of for polishing. Metabo held out the best, and had the best power. I recommend something along this line.
Happy hunting and good luck.

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#2 posted 03-19-2014 05:32 PM

I’ve been happy with my Milwaukee for the last 15 years. Also the Lancelot disk.

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#3 posted 03-19-2014 06:00 PM

I have a DeWalt very similar to the 28402, only with a sliding side switch. I don’t use it very often as it’s under powered compared to my older Milwaukee (with paddle switch) and Metabo with variable speed. I use a 5 inch “Bad Blade” 6 tooth carver I bought off amazon after seeing how expensive the Turbo Plane is. It has thick carbide and can be sharpened the same as a saw blade.

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#4 posted 03-19-2014 06:08 PM

That’s a great price on the Metabo.

I just recommend staying away from the chainsaw heads for the grinder. After I got stitches the second time I threw mine away.

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#5 posted 03-19-2014 06:13 PM

I know I’ll catch some flack for this but take a look at HF. Their red 4 1/2” angle grinder is rated 4 out of 5 stars and is only $15 with a coupon. The also have a wood power sculpting attachment by Lancelot for $30 that is rated 5 out of 5. I have both of these items.

The angle grinder has nice power and I have put it through a beating and it doesn’t skip a beat. The Lancelot sculpting disc has worked well so far. I’ve only put it threw practice use trying to get comfortable with it but in the up coming months I pan on doing my own rendition of the power contemplation chair The Wood Whisperer did a little while back.

As much as I hate investing in cheap tools my budget is limited so if I’m just getting into something that I don’t expect to use all the time I see if there’s a good quality bargain option out there. If I wear it out over the years I figure Ill invest in the better brand then.

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#6 posted 03-19-2014 11:38 PM

some of the HF tools are fine as long as you don’t expect the world. When I buy a HF power tool I expect the worst, so when it excels then I am happy. You could always go for a cheap grinder and a router speed controller for starters.

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#7 posted 03-20-2014 07:10 AM

HF also has a 4 1/2” grinding wheel embedded with carbide particles. Removes wood with authority without being too aggressive or dangerous. I have used the Lancelot chain saw carvers, and they are VERY aggressive, and the grabbiness wants to pull it right into the wood. But they do remove a lot with great rapidity.

I use an angle grinder a lot, for both wood and metal. They are definitely a tool to use with both hands. I’m most likely to get in trouble when I try to hold the work in one hand and the grinder in the other. I find it one of the most useful tools in the shop.

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#8 posted 03-20-2014 08:36 AM

I’ll second HF! The blue angle grinder with the paddle switch is the one you want ( SKU #65519 ) for $29.99 on sale. HF also carries the LanceLot carving wheel for $34.99. Use a 25% off coupon on each and your all set. I use these particular grinders with aggressive wire wheels attached, and also for metal grinding. They really hold up to the abuse.

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#9 posted 03-21-2014 03:38 AM

I also have the HF grinder although I do not use it much.

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#10 posted 03-22-2014 05:11 PM

I’ve been using the Fein WST 14 for some time – well-balanced, powerful, very safe (for an angle grinder), and expensive. Built to last – quality is expensive ONCE.


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