Zachary wrote in about a new Ridgid angle grinder deal at Home Depot:
I was in Home Depot today and saw that they are now selling a combo pack of two 4.5″ Ridgid angle grinders for $79. Thought it might be a good thing to mention.
I saw the same deal online, but was on the fence about whether it was worth posting about. On one hand, two grinders could be useful. You could equip each one with a different grinding wheel or accessory, and quickly switch between grinders rather than having to switch accessories back and forth. On the other hand, some users would benefit more from buying a better grinder, or a single grinder and some quality consumables.
The combo comes with (2) Ridgid R1006 angle grinders, complete with wheel guards, grinding wheels, side handles, flanges, clamp nuts, a spanner wrench, and operator’s manual.
These grinders are engineered with 8A motors and spin at 11,000 RPM. They’re equipped with a slide switch and spindle lock for easier wheel changes.
Price: $79 for the 2-pack, or $50 each
It doesn’t look like the grinders come with a cut-off wheel guard. It looks to come with a Type 27 wheel guard, which is used with grinding wheels, but I believe it’s generally required or at least very strongly recommended that thinner cut-off wheels be used with a Type 1 guard that provides greater protection against shattering.
When I shop for corded or cordless angle grinders, I make sure that there’s a Type 1 guard either included in the package or available as an optional accessory. While all grinding wheels and discs can fail, thinner ones can fail more spectacularly, hence the need for greater guard coverage. Type 1 guards also prevent users from applying loads against the surface of cut-off wheels, as they’re not intended to be used in such a manner.
This combo bundle looks like it could be a good deal for anyone in the market for 2 basic angle grinders, and those who don’t intend to use them with cut-off wheels. Other brands occasionally have similar promo bundles, such as Bosch.
If you’re not very familiar with angle grinders, keep in mind that this one has a slide switch. Others have paddle switches. Some brands give you a choice between slide and paddle switches. Slide switches are on/off, which you might not want. If you take your hand off the tool, such as if it kicks back or binds and wrestles itself free, you’ll have an angry and dangerous grinder on the loose. A paddle switch must be actively squeezed in order to power the grinder, which can be safer, but fatiguing for very long cutting or grinding tasks. Some brands have paddle switches with on/off features.