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Unread 01-01-2008, 08:08 PM   #1
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Makita tools/ thanks CX

Been lurkin here awhile. Anyhow seein CX's signature all the time with that link to Makita, I decided to check em out. I was in the market for a new 4 1/2" angle grinder and really wanted a paddle switched one. My dad was a carpenter for most of his life and swore by Rockwell and Milwaukee; so I was pretty dead set on Milwaukee but for about half the price I found a nice Makita

http://www.tools-plus.com/makita-9557pbx1.html

So thanks CX for opening my eyes.

PS: one question- I got a diamond blade with it and the blade says concrete and marble use. Does this mean the blade would work for tile or no?
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Unread 01-01-2008, 08:27 PM   #2
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I must not have opened your eyes quite wide enough, Jason, on accounta it doesn't sound like you got one of the variable speed models. I like all the Makita grinders I have/have had, but I really like the variable speed models, of which I now own a pair.

I have a Milwaukee angle grinder with the paddle switch and gotta say in general I don't like that switch design. I'm way too often having it on when I really want it off. It's a strong tool, and still ocassionally sees action, but is barely used since I discovered the variable speed tools. World of difference.

Can't speak to your blade question. Sounds like it's for softer materials, but I'm sure it'll cut a lot of tiles, too. Is it a smooth continuous rim design, or segmented, or have raised "teeth" on the side, or just what?

And again, for cutting tile, nothing nicer than that slower speed available on the variables.

My opinion; worth price charged.

Your signature link doesn't take me anywhere, by the way.
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Unread 01-01-2008, 09:30 PM   #3
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For tile, I use the DW4701 diamond blade...

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Unread 01-01-2008, 10:22 PM   #4
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You gotta watch ol Kelly. He might jump up and mail you a tool to try out knowing allla long you'll get hooked on it. He did that to me with a hoss of a grinder, sent his back and bought my own.

I think he sent the same grinder to Rob, he's getting hooked as we speak, just taking him a little longer than me.

Kelly, Rob still got it? You ever gonna get to use it?
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Unread 01-01-2008, 10:33 PM   #5
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Far as I know, Davy, ol' RobZ still has that grinder and uses it regularly. I know this because he'll call or email with a giggle in his voice and say, "Me and Eddie used that grinder all day to flatten a slab today." So I know where it is and I figger Eddie has even taught it to grind in Spanish by now.

I've since bought two of'em for myownself.

But the one Rob has was given to me by Makita for test purposes and ol' Rob's still obligated to pass it on next time we find a worthy candidate to try it. I expect the same result I got when I gave it to you, of course. We seem to sell more grinders that way.

And Rob will hafta buy hisownself one, too. He ain't gonna like that part.
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Unread 01-01-2008, 10:34 PM   #6
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Unread 01-01-2008, 10:37 PM   #7
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Well, at least you know where it's at and that he's taking good care of it. It was made to work, I know that.
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I use a Makita grinder alla time, one speed though, fast!
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You can tell Rob to send that puppy out this way I have to well walls to grind on a little prior to setting the tile.
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Yeah, I've still got a couple of those, also, Mike. Since before I ever got holt of one of the variables. Still use'em, too.

But once you try one of the variable speed models, I doubt you'll ever want one of the fast ones again for tile work. Just sooo much more controllable and less vibration down around 2,800rpm than at 11,000.

Trask likes them other brand whose name I disremember. Same kind Davy usta have. Good tools, too, I'm told. But these Makita's are fine grinders.

And axe me to rave a little about my 18v LXT cordless angle grinder some time.

You ain't got no variable speed angle grinder, Jerry? You bigger than RobZ?
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Unread 01-02-2008, 08:39 AM   #11
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The work I do every day is really rough on power tools. Most every tool in my tool room is Makita blue. Been that way for the past 25 years or so. Like that pink bunny, they are the tools that just keep on going.

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Unread 01-02-2008, 01:47 PM   #12
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never much considered variable speed, will next time.
I am a diyer but I don't do much tile. Just asking about the blade since I am thinkin about a small tile project in the spring (of course also on the list is a whole mess a concrete work, new fencing , trying to fix the stormdoor that the idiot siding contractor messed up... etc)

mainly I use a small angle grinder for metal (anything that I cant do with a sawzall) or use a wire brush for cleanin metal. Lately though I found one useful for cleaning out concrete cracks (easier than trying to do it with a partner K 750)
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"Trask likes them other brand whose name I disremember. "

You must be talking about Metabo. I think they were the first to make variable speed grinders. They have the best grinders, but their other stuff is questionable.
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Kelly, you're thinking about "Metabo". It's still going too.

When it comes to polishing, can't beat the variable speed to slow things down. My old fast grinders would sling the paper off. Also cutting out grout joints, slowing it down throws less dust.
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Yep, Metabo is the one I was thinking of. I've never used one. Never even seen one, truth be known. I do believe ol' Trask still says he favors them over the Makita, though. But, hell, Trask even likes his BIL, Dave.

JohnVC, I thought alla your tools was pee-neumatic out yonder in your shop. You taken to usin' 'lectric stuff, too?

Jerry, I'll axe Rob can you have a turn with the grinder. I can't just make him do stuff on accounta he's younger and waaaaaa bigger than moi. Can't even threaten to shoot him on accounta he's got guns, too.
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