Skil is a new ToolGuyd sponsor, and I have been going through my backlog of user requests to see which tools would potentially fit into my busy spring schedule. In checking the price of a tool a reader asked about, I came across quite the deal on a Skil cordless grinder kit.
Over at Amazon, they have a Skil 20V (Max) cordless angle grinder KIT priced at $70. That couldn’t be correct – right? Some Skil dealers have this kit, model AG290202, priced at $90, but it’s indeed $70 at Amazon.
(According to online price trackers, the price dropped to $70 from $85.50, and it was $90 for a weeks before that.)
With this kit you get the 4-1/2″ angle grinder, a charger, and 2.0Ah PWRcore 20 Li-ion battery.
The bare tool by itself is priced at $59, and so for $11 more, you get a battery and charger. Seems like a great deal to me
For the user that only needs to do a little bit of metalwork, such as cutting or grinding, this is an excellent price. To be fair, a 2.0Ah battery won’t provide extended runtime on a tool like this, but it’s enough for quicker or smaller tasks. If you need more runtime, you’d be better suited with a 4.0Ah or 5.0Ah battery.
One thing to note is that this grinder has a lock-on switch. Personally, I prefer paddle switches, but a lot of users prefer lock-on switches.
The Skil angle grinder has a tool-free adjustable guard, spindle lock for easier wheel changes, 3-position side handle, soft-start motor, and onboard wrench storage.
If you want a more powerful option, Skil also has a brushless model.
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See Also: Brushless Kit
My experiences with Skil’s cordless power tools have been quite positive so far – here’s my review of the Skil 12V brushless drill.
If you have any Skil cordless requests, please let me know. So far I have a couple of reader requests I’m working on, including a review of their digital router.
I’m pretty skeptical of a 2ah battery for a grinder, maybe if I was grinding plastic or wood. I imagine grinding a flat weld smooth, the battery would be done in under six inches of weld.
I doubt it’s that bad. I have a brushed Porter Cable grinder. I’ve used it with 1.5ah, 2.0ah and 4.0ah batteries. 1.5 is done pretty quickly – but not so quick it’s not useful at times.
I can cut through some pieces of steel, do a little shaping and smoothing – but admittedly not a lot. I’d say it has the runtime even with the 1.5 to do a small project – but if you were planning to use it for a larger job or in a professional environment, you’ll definitely want spare batteries.
Same here – my PC worked with 1.5Ah and 2.0Ah batteries, with usably long runtime for smaller tasks. It’s not easy to broadly recommend such a configuration, but it worked.
For under $100, options are usually limited to corded models, bare-tools, or entry-level cordless kits.
Dang that’s a good price. Skil is making it hard to resist for sure.
I too prefer a paddle switch. In a worst case scenario, if the tool gets away from me, gets wrenched from my hands, or I hurt myself and drop it the tool doesn’t keep going and potentially shoot across the floor and do more damage. I don’t personally have a need for a cordless version, all of mine are corded and used in my garage/shop, but I can see the utility and application for a cordless grinder for some.
Lowes Deal of the Day is the Brushless Jigsaw kit for $99.
Amazon is close at $104. They have the brushed kit for $69 too.
Good deals on Skil today.
Skil prices on Amazon seem to fluctuate a lot. Have been looking at the combo kit with the 12V drill, 12 Inch Digital Level, 2.0Ah battery and PWRJump charger. In the past 6 weeks, prices have ranged from $45 to over $100.
I’ve been buying woodworking tools and got great deals on a vintage General 14″ 130 planer, a Craftsman (Belsaw) 8″ Jointer/Planer/Molder, Dewalt Radial Arm Saw, and a Shopsmith Mark 5. All stationary machines and am currently cleaning it all up.
Now I want to get cordless brushless tools: Circular Saw, Jigsaw, Reciprocating Saw, Multitool, and Orbital Sander. I’m planning to buy DIY grade and just upgrade to pro grade later, if a tool sucks.
I’m looking at Ryobi and Skil. I already have a lot of Ryobi tools and batteries, but that 5 minute recharge for Skil is really tempting. Looking for opinions and suggestions from everyone.