Skil announced today that they’re freshening up their grinder line with the introduction of an updated 4-1/2″ angle grinder targeted at homeowners, advanced DIYers, and occasional pros.
As you can see from the photo, the new 9290 is a barrel-grip type with a top-mounted switch, which we’re fond of. The bottom-paddle-switch types can really hurt your hand after a bit of use, and they also have a nasty tendency to turn on when set down on a workbench. It sports a 6 amp motor spinning at 11,000 RPM, and it features a special guard which can be rotated into different positions without the use of additional tools. This can be handy for getting to those tough-to-reach spots.
The grinder’s packaging will include a metal grinding wheel, wheel guard, flange kit, locknut wrench, assist handle, and the whole shebang in covered by a standard two-year warranty.
It’s going to retail for $39.99 through home improvement centers, so if you don’t already have an angle grinder you really won’t have any excuse after this one hits shelves in August.