We often tease Makita about the number of motocross-related news items they seem to have. However, they also do this whole tool thing we like to mention once in a while. In this case they’re expanding their grinder products with the addition of a new 192618-2 and 192972-4 dust extraction system.
Okay, so “dust extraction system” works out to a new guard around the wheel with a hose on the back of it — but that said, the issue of dust and particulate matter produced on a job site from cutting concrete isn’t fully appreciated until you’ve had the joy of choking on it once or twice.
The new cast aluminum guard fits around the drive collar and encloses a 4 1/2″-5″ cutting wheel around the back side to catch debris. Makita is also rolling out a version of this same guard with a shoe on the open end to simulate more of a circ-saw type of feel with a grinder. The guard comes with either the 3/4″ Makita hose fitting or 1 1/2″ or 1 3/4″ in order to fit most shop vacuum attachments.
You’d better be serious about air quality, though, as the 192618-2 and 192972-4 guards will run you somewhere in the neighborhood of $60 for their minty-fresh goodness. We’ve seen other whole grinding systems that cost less, but quality build in a good extraction system can be worth its weight in gold, so value is really up to the individual.