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    Default XU1 back at Bunnings?

    Hmm, was sniffing around the Bunnings tool section online and saw this










    I thought they ditched the XU1 range in favour of Ozito?




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    They used to be $12 a few years ago!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by r3nov8or View Post
    They used to be $12 a few years ago!!!

    Yeh I had a small corded XU1 drill for years.
    Think I paid $15 for it.



    That grinder is still cheaper than the Ozito equivalent though.

    might have to get one

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    So I've been using this a bit this morning.

    What can I say....if feels just like the $25 toy it is.....
    Just feels very....plasticky and flimsy.

    Goes ok when using a flap disc for light paint/rust removal, but as soon as you put a bit of pressure on it, the revs drop.

    It'll be ok for flap disc, but I wouldn't use it for cutting or grinding.


    Might pop the head off and give it a greaseup as well,
    Usually with these toys they throw half a teaspoon of cheap grease in there it seems.

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    $ 25.00 thats cheap for an XU1

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldie1 View Post
    $ 25.00 thats cheap for an XU1


    they only come in blue though
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    Now you are just being picky

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    Just thought I'd mention that this little grinder is going strong.
    sure, I've not had it very long, but it's getting a lot of use.
    been dropped a few times too...


    The on/off switch is a bit sticky at times bit other than that it's a great little machine.
    It's quite light which is good as I do a lot of flap disc work one-handed.

    I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who needs a 4" grinder for the occasional bit of use on the weekend.
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    I have said it before, you get good value out of cheap grinders, but they do die eventually

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    Of course.
    I dare say I use my grinders more than anyone on this forum, and of course I know a decent one will last longer.


    however

    I only got this as my trusty 4" which I've had for 12 years finally died
    Well, the brushes wore out and couldn't find any around town and saw some online for $15 or whatever and I needed the grinder NOW so grabbed this.

    My 2 Blue Bosch and Makita 5" will surely outlast this cheapie, but, as said, anyone looking for a cheap little grinder on a budget, I would recommend this.

    I only use the 4" for the cheap Craftright flap discs from Bunnings.
    can't beat them for value.

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    Get one of the cheap 115mm, far better than the 100mm and are the same body size and weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phild01 View Post
    Get one of the cheap 115mm, far better than the 100mm and are the same body size and weight.
    Try to pay attention.


    As I've said, I only use the 4" grinder for the cheap 40 grit flap discs.
    (Anyone who's used those discs will know what I mean.)


    All my other grinders are 5"

    This XU1 is good for what it is.
    A cheap 4" grinder
    4" grinders have their uses as well.
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    Your 4"flap discs would wear out much quicker than a 115mm flap disc. Have you ever tried a 115mm, I reckon they will do about anything the 4" can do!
    115mm rules

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    Quote Originally Posted by phild01 View Post
    Your 4"flap discs would wear out much quicker than a 115mm flap disc. Have you ever tried a 115mm, I reckon they will do about anything the 4"can do!



    Not sure if you're just bored at work or not comprehending what I'm saying, but I'll humour you.




    You can reckon all you want.
    I know how much use I get from a $7 5-pack of 4" discs compared to a single $5 5" disc.

    Have you any idea how much metal work I do?
    The unusual shapes and angles and scenarios I work with?

    People go on about me taking the guard off.
    Yeh leave it on, good for you as you cut your little piece of steel secured in the vice and put the grinder away for the next two weeks.


    This is what I have set up, plugged in and use just about every day



    5" Cut
    5" Grind
    5" Wire
    4" Flap



    Not only are the 4" flap discs better value for money (and that's a fact), but the 4" grinder can get in to places the 5" can't





    I've used and tried all brands of 5" flap discs and for what they cost and how I use them, nothing comes close to those cheap buggers up there.

    Also, a 40 grit flappa will grind steel faster and better (less heat) than a solid grinding disc.
    And smoother finish



    Also (again) this thread wasn't about spruiking the awesome invention that is the 4" grinder.
    Just saying that they're selling cheap 4" grinders at Bunnings and I think they're pretty damn good value.


    And that's based on actually trying it.
    And using it a lot.

    Not just "reckoning"




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    PG, I said 115, not 125!

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    Lol... great rant though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlatypusGardens View Post
    Not just "reckoning"
    Great info! Thanks for posting.

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    Flap discs are amazing things, I have no idea how they last so long. My first one sanded the paint off all the timber work outside the house and hung around for another 5 years of odd jobs.

    Much better than the cheap grinder I used it in. After a few weeks use it would no longer spin when switched on and needed to be crank by hand ti start it!! Then it would slowly speed up and keep going. Went in the bin soon after...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudbrick View Post
    Flap discs are amazing things, I have no idea how they last so long. My first one sanded the paint off all the timber work outside the house and hung around for another 5 years of odd jobs.




    Much better than the cheap grinder I used it in. After a few weeks use it would no longer spin when switched on and needed to be crank by hand ti start it!! Then it would slowly speed up and keep going. Went in the bin soon after...
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    You don't like flap discs on timber, or 5 years is too long, or both ?
    It was a brumby IIRC, probably still here somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudbrick View Post
    You don't like flap discs on timber, or 5 years is too long.
    Flap Disc on timber is great.....was more wondering about the 5 years of odd jobs.
    Guess they don't make 'em like they used to.....





    Anyway, first bit of repair needed on the little $25 grinder.
    replace the cord as it had severed inside the machine and it would only work when holding the cord at a certain angle.
    (Have had the same thing happen to "decent brand" grinders too, so no biggie)


    Replaced it with a slightly more substantial one.
    And a bit longer, which is always useful.

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    It's true although I had very few needs to use it ver those years, maybe once a year for 5 or 10 minutes to smooth off some rough cut piece of wood. I did find it again in the garage recently.

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    As those Craftright ones have been "recalled for some reason" (noone seems to know why) off the shelves at Bunnings and nobody else seems to sell them, I've been a bit lost...

    However, walking through one of the local shopping centres there was a pop-up store selling tools and misc hardware.
    Found a 10-pack pack of 40 grit discs for $20
    Happy days


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