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I actually own one of these 1/4″ pneumatic die grinders from Harbor Freight, and it’s not too bad.  It spins at 22,000 rpm when provided a steady stream of 90 psi air, and does its job quite reasonably. 

Sean and I also saw a bunch of ’em in use at a major body shop we visited a while back.  Their reasoning was that while they don’t last as long as bigger-brand-name models, they do offer about a third to a half the lifespan for about 1/25th to 1/50th the price — a good deal made even better when the employees in the shop don’t always oil ’em or clean ’em well. 

For a home user, they’ll last for a long, long time.  I use mine only rarely, but I’ve had it for over three years now and it’s fine.  And the bottom line is that you can have a die grinder for $6.  How can you go wrong with that?

1/4″ Air Die Grinder [Harbor Freight]


5 Responses to Cheap-Ass Tools: A $6 Die Grinder

  1. DaleC says:

    I own one of these and several other HF air tools. They work for me as well as my other branded air tools and I heartily suggest them to friends looking for air tools for the home shop, for the same reasons you listed above.
    I shop at HF often and most of the stuff will work great for home use, and if it does break, you can still afford to buy two more before you reach what a name branded item would cost. The one exception I can think of off hand is a welder, but that’s for another article.

  2. John Brewer says:

    Am I the only one who gets cold shivers up my spine at the thought of holding a $6.00 piece of shrapnel in my hands spinning at 22,000 rpm? There is an old axiom, “You get what you pay for.” In this case, it could be instant death.

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  4. Chuck says:

    Does anyone have any comments on those little Chicago Tig / Arc welders that Harbor Freight is selling currently for $199?
    I plan on just using it for minor boat maintenance welding
    (I live on a trawler)
    What do you think?

  5. These are simply ok. You have to remember.. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR! You will keep a quality tool for a lifetime!!

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