I need an angle grinder for very occasional use, initially to trim some
slates. Any recommendations? Screwfix have a basic-looking Energer model
for an amazing £17.49, with a Bosch at £34.99 and an Hitachi at just under
the £50 mark (the only one of these which comes with a disc). Toolstation
have a Makita with disc at £54.72. There is a Lidl fairly near me
advertising their Parkside 2000W model (no disc) at £34.99, but it won't be
available until the 4th of May and there doesn't seem to be a way of
checking local availability online anyway.
Price isn't everything but obviously I don't want to pay more than I have
to. Many thanks.
I bought a B&Q's own crappola PowerPro job in about 1997 for a one off
job. It's still going strong now having then discovered just how useful
they are. I even stripped down and re-greased the gearbox a few years
ago as a mark of its good service!
Mind you, for £35 the Bosch sounds cheap enough to avoid the non-name stuff.
Where are we going and why am I in this handbasket?
On Tue, 28 Apr 2015 03:38:25 -0700 (PDT), firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Pretty sure it was Power Devil(*) orbital sander that exploded on me.
The dicast metal backing plate just disintegrated. Lumps taken out of
wall and I was finding bits of shrapnel all over the room for ages.
(*) Pale grey red fittings, dark adjustable front handle.
On Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 4:43:04 PM UTC+1, Dave Liquorice wrote:
Those are the colours of Performance Power Pro (the brand that Scott M repo
rts he's had for nearly 20 years and is still going strong). Power Devil w
ere red, and ceased to exist as a brand many years ago, so the likelihood o
f Bert buying one is fairly remote.
Power Devil in the UK and Ferm (who are still going in the Netherlands) use
d to buy the same Chinese OEM models but obviously in their own colours. T
he previous posting about Ferm being good and Power Devil being no good rem
inds me of the market research done for a new bleach some years ago. Consu
mers were given three bottles of bleach: a yellow one, a blue one and a yel
low-and-blue one and asked to test them. The yellow was weak and ineffecti
ve. The blue was too harsh. The yellow-and-blue was just right. Of cours
e, the bottles contained identical bleach.
For the record, I have a Power Devil router that has been doing sterling se
rvice for years and I had one of their reciprocating saws that was crap and
eventually emitted magic smoke and went for recycling.
The Bosch is a good price for a branded model and seems better than the oth
er £35 offerings from Screwfix but the £20 125mm Lidl/Parkside one from
a few weeks ago fits your original requirements too. The Lidl one you've l
inked to is a full size 230mm model.
On Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:54:41 +0100, Bert Coules wrote:
No-brainer, the Bosch.
Don't let "comes with a disc" swing anything - they're a consumable that
really doesn't last very long at all. Get a pack of the right ones for
what you're cutting/grinding, and be willing to swap 'em when they start
to show they're "going off". Or, of course, when they turn into a handy
Thanks for that, and the advice about packaged discs. The idea of a case is
appealing though, and the Bosch doesn't have one of those. Whether the
extra cost for, say, the Hitachi is worth it just for the case (and one
disc) though, is another matter.
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