You’ve heard circular and recip saws called “high amp draw” tools? An angle grinder’ll make those look downright girlie-man in comparison. This is the first cordless angle grinder we’ve seen, and we suspect it’s a good thing that it’s lithium-ion powered. It takes standard 4-1/2″ discs and spins at 10,000 RPM.
If it’ll grind for more than just a couple of minutes, it’d be handy as hell.
It ships with two 3.0 Ah batteries — which should help increase runtime. (Bosch’s “FatPack” li-ions are only 2.0 Ah in comparison.) The “kit” also includes a 45-minute charger, cut-off and grinding guards and discs, and a case. Makita also offers a “tool only” version if you’re already decked out with 18V LXT gear.
Would this work as a day-to-day grinder? I doubt it. But this would absolutely rock for on-site work or as a second grinder for finish work. (In the shop we’ll often keep two angle grinders out — one with a grinding disc and the other with a flap-disc for lighter work.) And think: If you just needed to “run out and grind a little off to make it fit” you don’t have to string extension cord or move the object.
This tool is also included in some of Makita’s newer combo kits if you’re looking to start from scratch. It’s nice of them to think about metalworkers instead of just woodworkers.
Street pricing hovers around $400, though we did see a few out there for less.