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    Hey guys,
    Been looking for a 125mm angle grinder for DIY. Usual steel work aswell as some zec disc masonry stuff. Bunnings have quite a few in the $75 range including Ryobi, Makita, AEG, Ozito. The ozito is about $63 all others are around $75 up and roughly 700w. The AEG however is around 1000w. I like the look of the AEG but wasn't sure if this brand is still reasonable quality or the pick of the bunch?

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    I am impressed with my AEG tools I bought at Bunnings (multitool/drill driver/impact drill combo). Would buy again.

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    I've got an AEG and it is fine. My only complaint would be that its easy to bump the switch off when holding it (in probably the wrong position ).

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    Can you get a shroud with vacuum/dust extractor attachment?
    I have seen photos of them attached to angle grinders but not sure if it was aftermarket or not?

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    About 10 or 15 years ago I brought a throw away type (un-known brand) 100mm (I know not same size) angle grinder from Bunnings for something like $12.00. I still have and use it today, its gearing is noisy and allways has been. In addition I have several other Ozito tools (I think they came with 3 year warranties). So I wouldn't overlook the cheaper tools.

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    I have two 125mm from Aldi that work fine (I think they were about $30 each). I gave up with brand name angle grinders long ago, just buy cheapies and throw away. Some just never die and some do. For the bigger grinders I would stick with brand names.

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    What Phil01 said.

    As much as I dislike the idea of disposable power tools, for simple inexact tool types the cheapies are just fine.
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    6 year warranty on the AEG is hard to pass up. Bosch blue come up now and then for $89 on special too

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    You guys are swinging me to the cheap side. My 100mm was purchased from a store like aldi in 2002 for $20 and still going strong. I thought AEG was German but now they are just manufactured under the name rights by Techtronics? Good warranty but not a precision tool so no need for the premium. Ill compare up close and see which follows me home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rod1949 View Post
    About 10 or 15 years ago I brought a throw away type (un-known brand) 100mm (I know not same size) angle grinder from Bunnings for something like $12.00. I still have and use it today, its gearing is noisy and allways has been. In addition I have several other Ozito tools (I think they came with 3 year warranties). So I wouldn't overlook the cheaper tools.
    Does XU1 ring a bell? I still have two of those. Think they were $18 when i got them. One was wobbly as hell out of the box and replaced same day. The lock button broke on one recently, fixed with a big nail when i change disks but they still go. Not a precision tool, but if I had to use one everyday I'd go higher.

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    I agree to go higher if a constant user, but if you buy a bunch of cheapies you find the tool with the right blade every time.
    This is what I do, flap sander in one, ultra thin cutting blade in another and diamond blade in another etc.
    Also it beats me why 100mm grinders are popular when a 115mm has the same body size with far better blade life.

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    I have a cheapy as well, think it's the XU1. Works a treat my only complaint is that in future I would like to have one with a push button rather than a sliding button so that if you happen to drop it accidentally it won't stay running.

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    For DIY use, I don't think you can pass up the AEG, at $79 with 6 year warranty, 1100W, antivibe it's a bargain, if I was looing at cheapie this would be my first choice.
    AEG 1100W 125mm Corded Angle Grinder I/N 6230120 | Bunnings Warehouse

    For trade use I have two 100mm Metabo's, they are both still going strong after 10 and 5 years, never faultered, Metabo have a good reputation for their quality grinders with Marathon Motors (German made ones)

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    I have a collection of grinders, from a 30 years old all aluminium Hitachi, several Makita, Dewalt, Bosh yet the one I actually use all the time are the old Hitachi I have set with a steel brush and my favorite, Milwaukee. Can't beat the Milwaukee, soft start, no tool disk change, dead man switch and rat tail grip plus 1500W. Milwaukee tools AG16-125XC 125 mm (5") Angle Grinder, 1520W | United Tools

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    What about circular saws, precision or not? Would the likes of Ozito etc be sufficient or is there more to them? I have only used quality saws so have no comparison.
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    As for saws I would stick to a good recommended brand. BTW never liked my 20yo Hitachi, for that era Makita was much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonesy_SA View Post
    What about circular saws, precision or not? Would the likes of Ozito etc be sufficient or is there more to them? I have only used quality saws so have no comparison.
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    Depends on the size saw you want, for 184mm if you are after a cheap saw, the Bosch Green is a good DIY machine, accurate and powerful $79
    Bosch 1500W 184mm Circular Saw I/N 6200253 | Bunnings Warehouse

    If you are after something better, I have always had Makita and these seem to last the distance, this one is a powerful one, 1800w in a 7 1/4 and has had a beating without complaint, (even got totally drenched once when the apprentice picked up a plastic from the roof which had about 30 liters of water on it and dumped it onto the saw), survived and is still going.
    Makita 1800W 185mm (7-1/4") Circular Saw

    This one is also a nice saw for detailed / fiddly cuts, gives a nice finish.
    Makita 950W 160mm (6-1/4") Circular Saw

    Stay away from the ozito's etc, as you can get a decent quality brand name for $20 more, so why would you bother with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phild01 View Post
    As for saws I would stick to a good recommended brand. BTW never liked my 20yo Hitachi, for that era Makita was much better.
    Yeah, my Makita is nearly 30 year old. Still good. In fact I like all my makita tools bought during that era.

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