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In most cases the cost is directly related to expected durability. In expensive commercial/professional grade tools, parts spin on ball bearings and motors are more powerful. They are designed to run allday every day at maximum speed where time is money. Home owner grade tools typically are designed to be used for brief periods of time and at less than ...


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Electric angle grinders are very useful tools, they can also be extremely dangerous. First and foremost, select a tool with as many of the latest safety features as you can afford: an integral clutch that disengages the drive-line upon wheel bind a "slow-start" or "soft-start" feature NO "lock-on" button a "deadman" trigger or lever feature (shuts off if ...


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Volts should be irrelevant - normally only even mentioned on battery powered tools, and an angle grinder is not a good choice for battery power. Since you mention Lowes, presumably any grinder you look at with a cord will be 120VAC, end of that story. Elsewhere in the world, 220-240 VAC, still end of that story. Buy an extension cord if needed, or a ...


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They are made, they look like mini chainsaws and are commonly used for carving bowls. A common brand for these blades is Lancelot You can also get smaller saw blades in the 4.5" form factor. I suggest you go to a saw store or woodworking shop. Here is a product on Amazon: ...


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I really think a belt sander would do a nicer job than an angle grinder. You could use a small handheld model with 40 or 60 grit belts, or rent a larger one used to refinish hardwood floors if you need to do larger areas.


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There are no universal solutions. All the powerheads are proprietary (as are the batteries/chargers) An angle grinder is too fast, too heavy and too powerful for the precision that the oscillators provide, as a class. Any combo you would jury rig in this fashion would not be worth the time, money and frustration. I have the Rigid oscillator, and I ...


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According to this site: The weight of the backing is usually designated by a letter. For paper backings, the weight ratings range from "A" to "F," with A designating the lightest and F the heaviest. Letter nomenclature follows a different system for cloth backings, with the weight of the backing rated J, X, Y , T, and M, from lightest to heaviest.


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It looks like a fine tool for using occasionally. One reson for some tools being a lot more expensive are that they are intended for professional use. For cutting concrete is seems that you just need a special blade: http://www.nortonconsumer.com/concrete-cutting.aspx There is a recommended maximum RPM of 12000 for cutting concrete with a blade of that ...


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The primary reason is grinders typically spin at 10,000 rpm. Wood cutting saws typically spin in the 3500 to 4000 rpm. If you spun a typical circular saw blade at 10,000 rpm it would come apart. As @Matthew PK has shown they make wheels for working wood with a grinder but they are not the typical toothed blades.


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Depending on the thickness of the blade, you flip the locking nut over. Also, it may or may not need the adapter for different disks.


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When does one care about the amp rating on an angle grinder, and why? Models that list amps as a primary specification have cords. The amps are directly related to the machine's power. When does one care about the volt rating on an angle grinder, and why? Models that list volts as a primary specification are battery operated. The volts are sort-of ...


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I've always used a 4.5" side grinder. Very carefully.


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It depends what you mean by "cut tiles." Certainly an angle grinder has sufficient power to turn a disc of abrasive material and force it into a ceramic or concerete tile. But it will probably perform very poorly compared to a wet saw for two reasons: 1) It's not guided in any way. A tile saw is set up like a table saw, you push the tile into a ...



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