Angle grinders are an essential tool for any general fabricator or welder. Angle grinders have been used in one way or another to build every custom car out there. From shaving door handles, installing hydraulics, or molding chassis, angle grinders have been used in one way or another. Depending on the attachment you put on you can use them to grind, shave, or cut metal. The corded grinders are the only way to go for all-day use but we wanted to look at cordless ones and see what kind of benefit they had. We went out to our local hardware store and picked up a few different cordless grinders from DeWalt, Craftsman, Makita, and Ridgid.

Each grinder came with a screwable handle that can be mounted on either side of the grinder (the Craftsman and Ridgid allow you to mount it on top also), tool-less adjustable guard, and wheel attachment wrench. None of them come with a battery.

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Make/Model
DeWalt/ DCG412B

URL
www.dewalt.com

MSRP
$119

Overview
The DeWalt DCG412B 20V MAX Lithium Ion 41/2-inch Cut-Off Tool features a 7,000-rpm motor that provides high power for cutting and grinding applications. A quick-change wheel release allows for tool-free wheel changes without the need for a wrench, and the tool-free guard allows for quick, easy guard adjustments/positioning. It offers a two-finger trigger switch with lock-off button for convenient activation and easier gripping, along with a two-position side handle offers greater control, comfort, and versatility. Includes: DCG412 Cut-Off Tool, Spanner Wrench, Type 1 (Cutting) Guard, and Two-Position Side Handle. This is a bare tool item (battery sold separately).

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Make/Model
Ridgid / R86040B

URL
www.ridgid.com

MSRP
$99

Overview
The Ridgid X4 18V Cordless Angle Grinder (Console Only) is compatible with all 18V slide battery packs and features a tool-less guard design to easily rotate the guard for optimal grinding. With console-only tools, you have the option to add onto existing kits to create your own. The grinder features innovative Hex Grip micro texture to ensure comfort during extended use, and a load level LED light protects the grinder by preventing overload. With the convenient cordless design, it easily reaches tight spots without hassle. Backed by Ridgid’s lifetime service agreement, you can count on free batteries, free parts, and free service for the entire life of your tool.

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Make/Model
Makita / XAG03Z

URL
www.makitatools.com

MSRP
$119

Overview
Makita delivers corded grinding performance without the cord with the 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless 41/2-inch Cut-Off/Angle Grinder (model XAG03Z, tool only, battery sold separately). A Makita brushless motor powers it for longer run time, increased power and speed, and longer tool life. For the most demanding applications, Makita’s exclusive Automatic Speed Change Technology automatically adjusts speed and torque during operation for optimal performance. The XAG03Z is ideal for grinding, cutting, and sanding a wide range of materials including tile, concrete, pipe, conduit, and more.

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Make/Model
Craftsman / FS2600

URL
www.craftsman.com

MSRP
$79

Overview
A powerful grinder with handheld portability, this Craftsman C3 41/2-inch angle grinder transforms 19.2V battery power into 6,500 rpm of cutting and grinding power. Perfect for weld cleanup, cutting rod, and destroying rust, it’s ready for a variety of tools, like grinder wheels, cutting wheels, straight and braided wire brushes, while the cordless design keeps you moving fast. Featuring a smart, ergonomic build and an adjustable handle that conforms to the job, this 41/2-inch angle grinder is ready for long hours of work. Equipped with in-handle wheel wrench storage, a lock-on switch, and powered by Craftsman’s 19.2V series of batteries, this tool is built to deliver. Add it to your kit, and get the next job done with the power of Craftsman.