I don’t know about you, but except for a chain saw, an angle grinder is about the last thing I want to be more compact and slim. It looks as though I’m in the minority here as both Bosch and Ridgid offer small slim grip angle grinders. Maybe they’re on to something after all.
Bosch 1380 Slim 4-1/2″ Angle Grinder
Bosch’s slim grip angle grinder is ergonomically designed, and is intended to add comfort and convenience for all day use. Despite its svelte size, Bosch was still able to fit a reasonably powerful 7.5A motor inside the grinder. The grinder is priced quite affordably at $70, or $75 with a kit case.
Ridgid R1005 4-1/2″ Angle Grinder w/ Slim Grip
Ridgid’s slim grip grinder offers a much slimmer grip, and resembles a balloon animal that’s about to be twisted. Although Ridgid’s slim grinder appears to offer a better grip than Bosch’s, its rear looks to be a bit bulkier, possibly hindering one’s ability to grasp that part of the tool.
This grinder has a 7.0A motor, which realistically won’t perform much differently than the 7.5A motor in the Bosch grinder. At $99, Ridgid’s slim grip grinder is a bit more expensive than Bosch’s..
I’m still a bit on the fence as to whether a smaller grinder with powerful 7, 7.5A motors are a good thing or not. Then again, if they were unsafe or unwieldly, Bosch and Ridgid wouldn’t have approved the tools’ production. Right?
Other brands produce small angle grinders, but these are the only slim grips I’m aware of.