5 Of The Best Cordless DeWALT Grinders Detailed Comparison. DeWALT hand grinder

Of The Best Cordless DeWALT Grinders [Detailed Comparison]

You will need to look at the grinder itself for the capacity and power to cut what you need it to cut AND get the right battery so it lasts as long as you need it to, a combination of both elements!

I laid out all of the available models that DeWALT currently carries (updating as needed) and compare them side-by-side looking at reviews, features, the specs and many other elements to help others decipher which model is best suited for their needs. Hope you like it!

Which DeWALT Angle Grinder Should You Buy?

The DeWALT DCG412B. The Most Affordable Grinder In The Lineup.

The DeWALT DCG412B is one of the most affordable models that DeWALT makes but is intended as a lower end model and is best suited for light-duty use, compared to the other models.

There are no special features like you find on some of the other grinders and is basically intended for small cutting and grinding tasks, where a grinder is needed but where a corded model wouldn’t be efficient.

As with all grinders, you will need a decent battery for improved runtimes, I would recommend a 3.0Ah battery AT LEAST.

The major complaint with the DCG412B was battery life and is mainly a result of not having knowledge about cordless grinders and the juice they use.

I found a helpful video on YouTube where a man cuts roofing tiles (cement) using a diamond blade, the DCG412B and a 3.0Ah battery.


What Stood Out Above Other Models

The DCG412B was much cheaper than the rest of the other DeWALT grinders and was well under 100 at the time so it can easily be added to your collection without breaking the bank.

The DCG412B also had the most number of reviews online, out of all of the cordless grinders I looked at. There were over 750 in total!

I like the fact that the DCG412B is a 20V model, which is a huge improvement over the older 18V grinders (users have stated this as well).

20V tools will give a little more power and it is designed to be a little more comfortable and more ergonomic over the older models, as well.

What I Noticed That I Didn’t Like.

The DCG412B is affordable but is also a basic cordless grinder. It has enough power for smaller tasks and if you are using a decent Ah battery, it will last for several minutes. Nothing special about it though!

With that said, the DCG412B is not going to have the power that a brushless model would and if you compared it to the newer 60 grinder, it seems to come up very short.

Having a brushless motor would have made the tool a little better but I’m sure it would have jacked the price up quite a bit, probably closer to 100.

Kits For The DeWALT DCG412B?

I found a kit that comes with two 5.0Ah batteries, a charger, the DCG412B and a soft carrying case for everything. The kit is the DCG412BP2.

The kit was much more expensive than the bare tool alone but comes with the recommended batteries, so it is a complete kit.

It was priced a little bit more than 300 at the time and was more than 200 difference, compared to the bare tool alone.

The DeWALT DCG413B. A Balance Between Price, Functionality Features.

The DeWALT DCG413B is really just an upgraded version (of the DCG412B) and is still considered one of their lower end cordless grinders but has many features that the DCG412B does not.

The DCG413B has a brushless motor and uses DeWALT’s E-Clutch System and their Kickback Brake as well, making it much safer and more efficient.

The price was about double what the DCG412B was, coming in at around 140 at the time. A great entry level grinder, still for light. medium duty use but has modern features offered by DeWALT and is a great balance of price and features.

The was a pretty in-depth video online that explains the features of the DeWALT DCG413B and the DCG413FB and even shows him cutting some metal so you can get a feel for runtime, performance and so on.


What Stood Out Above Other Models

The best thing about the DCG413B is that it is a great balance between price, feature and functionality. You get a decent tool with some of DeWALT’s upgrared features at a pretty reasonable price.

These upgraded features include the brushless motor, making it run more efficiently and is less likely to overheating problems. The electric brake and DeWALT’s E-Clutch system is also two added features that control blade speed.

What I Noticed That I Didn’t Like.

I really wished that there were more reviews online for the DCG413B to get a better overall idea of how it performs and how it stacked up. There were nearly 70, at the time but they were pretty general in nature.

The kit that the DCG413b came with (DCG413R2) was a bit pricey (nearly 350) and is going to be a challenge for some to justify the price but it is a decent kit, which we will look at closer (below).

A Kit For The DCG413B:

The DCG413R2 was the kit I found for the DCG413B and it came with two (6.0Ah) batteries, the DCG413B, a charger and a carrying case.

The kit for the DCG413B was around the 350 mark and was only a little bit more than the DCG412B’s kit and well worth the extra money.

You get the 6.0Ah batteries, instead of the 5.0Ah ones and the upgraded grinder with so many more feature and a higher RPM range.

I would opt for the DCG413R2 over the DCG412BP2, a way better value!

The DeWALT DCG414B. The Best Cordless DeWALT Grind Available!

The DeWALT DCG414B is the best performing model in the lineup and has some of the richest features as well.

The DCG414B is able to use a 4-1/2″ disc, all the way up to a maximum diameter of 6″, so the versatility in this feature alone is a huge bonus.

It is also a 60V model which DeWALT claims to have as much power as a 13 amp corded grinder.

The head actually rotates and has 3 different positions you can set it in, a brushless motor and implements DeWALT’s E-Clutch System and their Kickback Brake By far, the DCG414B is the best cordless DeWALT grinder in the lineup!

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I found a helpful video on YouTube where a helpful user explains all of the features of the DCG414B in a pretty decent video. He also cuts a few different materials, not very in-depth but is an okay demonstration of it’s cutting ability.


What Stood Out Above Other Models

The biggest thing that stood out from the other grinders was that the DCG414B is a 60V model and really outperforms any other model, hands down!

The DCG414B also is the most feature-rich model in comparison and has all of the updated features that DeWALT uses in their cordless grinders. The DCG414B also has a couple of unique features like the rotating head and the 60V power.

The ability to use a range of different discs (4.5″. 6″) is another very cool feature and makes the tool much more versatile and better suited for a wider range of applications.

What I Noticed That I Didn’t Like.

The DCG414B was one of the higher priced grinders on the list but well worth the investment, especially if you plan on using a cordless grinder 3-4 times a week or more.

I really wanted to see more ratings for the DCG414B but out of the nearly 50 or so I found, nearly all of them boasted about the surprising power it had.

There were a couple of quality issues but very few at the time and not dealbreaker, in my opinion.

The 60V batteries (Flexvolt) are a little bit more than standard 20V batteries so the additional cost of extra batteries (which are recommended for grinders) will set you back an additional 100. 300.

2 Different Kits For The DCG414B.

There were two different kits for the DCG414B and the only difference was that one came with one battery and the other came with two batteries.

The DCG414T1: This kit came with one battery (6.0Ah), a charger the DCG414B and a carrying case (soft). This kit was around 300, at the time.

The DCG414T2: This kit was identical to the kit above in what’s included but you get two (6.0Ah) batteries instead of one. This kit was a little bit more, coming in at around

The DeWALT DC411B. An Older Grinder That May Appeal To Some.

The DeWALT DC411B is probably one of the oldest grinders, as far as date released goes and uses the 18V batteries, instead of the 20V ones.

The DC411B was one of the cheapest models (besides the DCG412B) but is still very popular and had a fair amount of reviews backing it up.

The ability to use DeWALT’s 18V batteries was one of the biggest selling points of the DC411B.

The DC411B is a basic grinder, like the DCG412B and operates at a much lower RPM than any other model. If you need a basic grinder and want to use you 18V batteries, then this is the model I would recommend.


What Stood Out Above Other Models

What stood out about the DC411B was the fact that it could use DeWALT’s 18V batteries. These are cheaper and most people have these lying around, so chances are that you won’t need to buy extras.

The DC411B was one of the more affordable choices in the lineup, coming in at around the 100 mark. The DCG412B was comprable but is a 20V model, not an 18V.

There were tons of ratings online for the DC411B (nearly 400 in total) which provides a great deal of feedback, giving you an idea of what to expect and what applications it will ideally work better for.

What I Noticed That I Didn’t Like.

I stated that the use of the 18V batteries as an advantage for the DC411B but it is also a disadvantage because they are the Ni-Cad batteries, not the Lithium-Ion ones. These are not as light, have less juice and are less efficient.

The DC411B is a basic grinder and has nowhere near the power that some of the other models have. The features are also quite antiquated, compared to the newer DeWALT grinders too.

Kits, Extras, Special Features, Etc.

The DC411B did come in a kit and it was the most affordable kit out there but used the old Ni-Cad 18V batteries, so not comparable to the newer Litium-Ion batteries by any means.

The kit was labeled as the DC411KA and it came with the DC411B, a charger, two 18V batteries and a case. The kit was around 220 but was as high as 400, for some odd reason.

The DeWALT DCG413FB. This is What A Longer Title Will Look Like

The DCG413FB is identical to the DCG413B but has a different design to it. It is flatter and is designed to accommodate specialty applications, where a typical grinder design would not perform as well.

This didn’t have hardly any reviews online, so it was hard to gauge how well it works, who would use it more (what trade or application) and how it stacked up.

The specs are exactly the same for the DCG413FB as the DCG413B, so I don’t want to repeat myself and hash out the same information. Just take a look at the DCG413B to get a general idea of what to expect.

The video that I linked to for the DCG413B also shows the DCG413FB in action and gives a little more background info as to what it can do and how it differs from the DCG413B.

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What Stood Out Above Other Models

The flathead design is a specialty feature and that is really the advantage it had over the other DeWALT grinders in the list.

The DCG413FB is able to use a 5″ wheel, which is an advantage when it comes to size but may be harder to find a wheel that size at every store.

The DCG413FB had nearly all of the features that DeWALT makes in their new cordless tools and is an upgraded model that uses a brushless motor, the E-clutch system and the electric brake.

What I Noticed That I Didn’t Like.

The biggest thing I was disappointed about regarding the DCG413FB was the fact that there weren’t any reviews to look through, only one at the time on DeWALT’s website. Hard to compare and get a feel for how it performs.

The DCG413FB was one of the most expensive models in the lineup and I’m sure it is due to the design. It came in at around 280 at the time and that was for the bare-tool only!

Any Kits For The DCG413FB?

At the time, I didn’t find any kits that were specifically for the DCG413FB, so that was disappointing and a major disadvantage.

For now, you will have to buy the bare tool (DCG413FB) and batteries seperately or buy another DeWALT kit and the bare tool seperately.

I will keep this post updated as time goes on and add a kit as they become available!

The Tool-less Blade Change Feature:

The blade change system that I found with the majority of these cordless DeWALT grinder was pretty simple. You hold the spindle lock doen (button) and hand-tighten the nut, like you normally would.

A wrench is included with nearly every tool but DeWALT states that the wrench is really not needed but is available for people who want to use it. That’s what I gathered, anyways.

Many users also stated that the spanner wrench was not needed and placing the nut on the spindle and hand tightening it would hold the wheel in place.

DeWALT’s Kickback Brake System For Their Grinders:

The Kickback Brake that DeWALT uses on some of their cordless grinders is another safety feature and is similar to the E-Clutch System and seems to be used in conjunction with it. It is basically a Smart brake built into the tool that will slow or stop the blade from turning.

When the grinder senses that the blade is pinched, the Kickback Brake feature is then turned on and slows or stops the blade to prevent a dangerous situation from happening.

The E-Clutch System Is Used On Some Grinders:

The E-Clutch System is used on a couple of the DeWALT grinders that made the list and is desidned as a safety feature more than anything.

If the wheel on the grinder is beginning to bind, the tool will sense this and displace the torque by stopping the blade, instead of the grinder making a sharp abrupt turn and possibly injuring the user.

I could see this feature being utilized more when cutting, rather than grinding and is a nice safety feature to have integrated into the tool. I have had many close calls because of a binding situation and the grinder CAN pull right out of your hands!

Battery Life, Battery Ah And Other Battery Stuff.

Cordless grinders, in general are known to drain a battery within a few minutes so having a decent battery with a higher Ah rating is the best thing you can do to ensure you have the best possible runtime.

I would recommend a 3.0Ah DeWALT battery to be a MINIMUM requirement and will give you roughly 7-12 minutes of working time on a medium-duty grinding or cutting task.

A 5.0Ah, 6.0Ah or 9.0Ah DeWALT battery is even better and will give you extra runtime because of the extra Ah (or cells) that the battery contains. I recommend looking online at some of the DeWALT batteries yourself.

Remember: The larger the battery, the heavier the grinder will be and for all of these DeWALT grinders, that weight will be at the back end.

Best Angle Grinders as of 2023

Angle grinders are among the essential tools that can be found in any respectable metalworking workshop. These handheld power tools can be used to grind, polish, cut, buff, sharpen and clean various materials, including metal, wood, tile, and stone.

Much like any other power tool, angle grinders aren’t created equal.

Some are designed for heavy-duty cutting and grinding work, while others, particularly the smaller versions, are best suited for light grinding and simple DIY projects.

And with many angle grinders on the market claiming to handle all sorts of projects, finding the perfect one for your needs can be tricky.

Luckily for you, we can help with that! We evaluated angle grinders based on power, reliability, versatility and ease of use to create this guide. We’ve also included a handy buyer’s guide to help you make a more informed buying decision.

What Is an Angle Grinder?

An angle grinder is a handheld device with a rotating disc used to grind, polish, sharpen, or cut a variety of materials. They are available as corded or battery-powered cordless units.

What Is the Best Wattage for Angle Grinder?

Generally, the angle grinder’s wattage ranges from 500 to 2,500 watts.

The right grinder for your projects should have adequate wattage or else the work done will be lacking in quality. Here’s a breakdown of the various wattage you need for different activities.

  • For polishing – 500 watts
  • For grinding – 1,000 watts
  • For cutting through light materials – 1.500 watts
  • For cutting through heavy materials, like strong metals – 2,500 watts

If you’re planning on using your grinder regularly and extensively, it’s advisable to choose one with a higher wattage of at least 800 watts.

What to Look for When Buying an Angle Grinder

Consider a few things before picking the right grinder for your needs. The best grinders have unique features, different power sources, and some are best suited for specific jobs. Let’s take a look at the things to consider before buying an angle grinder for your projects.

Disc Size

An angle grinder’s disc size is indicative of its power and overall capacity. The larger discs are commonly used for more demanding work to produce a smooth finish in less time and thus indicate a more powerful tool.

For most DIY projects, a 4, 4.5, or 5-inch disc will suffice. Smaller discs are best suited for FOCUS jobs that require lots of precision. Larger discs may be more powerful than their smaller counterparts but perform poorly on more precise projects. However, a larger disc is the best suited for the job if you need to cut thick metal.

Power Source

Most angle grinders you’ll find on the market today are battery-powered.

However, you may also find corded or even compressed air options if you do your homework well. It’s important to pay attention to the grinder’s power source before committing to buy.

Cordless grinders are more expensive because they can reach spaces that their corded counterparts can’t. However, they are also limited by the battery power. If a battery dies when you’re working, you may have to pause your work for several hours as you wait for it to charge.

Corded tools can run for an extended period as you remain near a power source. However, they can also be limited by the length of the cord. They are also limited by your ability to find a power source. None of the options is better than the other. It will all come down to where you will be using the unit.


The grinder’s speed is also an important factor to consider.

The average grinder’s speed typically ranges between 5,000 and 10,000 revolutions per minute (RPM), though some top-end machines may go over 10,000 RPM.

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A higher RPM model can cut through materials faster than a lower RPM model. Higher speeds will quickly translate to better results in the hands of a skilled artisan. However, in the hands of an unskilled person, even a higher RPM model may not produce the desired results.

The solution is to choose an angle grinder with variable speeds. With an adjustable speed grinder, you can adjust the speed to suit the task you’re working on.


Wattage indicates a grinder’s efficiency.

In most cases, more powerful units will have greater speeds. A motor with high wattage should withstand heavy use, excessive friction, and other forms of operational stress better than the less powerful units.


Last, you’ll want to factor in price, especially if you’re on a tight budget. The cost of angle grinders varies widely, ranging from 25 to 700, with some top-of-the-range models costing as much as 1,000.

But you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a good angle grinder. You can find an excellent corded grinder for under 100.

We compiled this list of the best angle grinders taking the factors above into consideration as well as using the latest customer sentiment data and suggestions from our community of metallurgists:


DeWALT is not new to power tools, angle grinders included. Founded in 1922, the company has been manufacturing grinders since 1967, making it one of the big names in the field.

Their 20V MAX, DC413B angle grinder is an excellent product that combines performance with speed. The cool thing about this cordless angle grinder is that it features the DeWALT E-Clutch technology, which senses the tool’s motion and reduces the mortar torque to a manageable level.

This model also has a kickback brake, designed to stop the grinder when a stall, pinch, or bind-up occurs during operation. Additional technologies include soft start and kickback brakes that manage the grinder’s speed, preventing it from reaching high speeds at once.

As for portability and ergonomics, this unit scores a mark due to its compact design, weight, and excellent vibration control. This 20V unit has a 9,000 RPM, which allows it to cut through materials faster.

Key Features

  • Disc size: 4-1/2 inch
  • Max speed: 9,000 RPM
  • Battery: 20V
  • Weight: 3.75 pounds
  • Additional features: Soft start, kickback breaks, DeWALT’s E-Clutch system

The DeWALT DCG413B is an excellent angle grinder for commercial and DIY projects. At a price of 167, the unit is reasonably priced for its features.

  • Brushless motor of the angle grinder requires no brush changes.
  • DeWALT grinder’s brake stops wheel in 2 seconds or less on average
  • Kickback Brake engages when a pinch, stall, or bind-up event is sensed and the electronic brake engages with maximum force to quickly stop the wheel, reduce the movement of the metal grinder and shut the grinder off.
  • Features E-Switch Protection. When the ON/OFF trigger switch has a no-volt release function. In the event of a power outage or other unexpected shut down, the trigger switch will need to be cycled (turned off and then on) to restart tool.
  • Two stage trigger requires two actions to activate tool.

Bosch 1375A Corded 4-1/2 Inch Angle Grinder

Borsch makes all kinds of home and industrial appliances, power tools, and angle grinders. Their 1375A Corded Angle Grinder is an excellent choice for those on a tight budget.

Weighing only 3.5 pounds, the 1375A corded grinder is small and lightweight. And its compact size doesn’t get in the way of performance. The unit is equipped with a powerful 6.0 AMP motor, capable of producing 11,000 no-load RPM for professional grinding applications.

Its versatility is also remarkable. Although the 1375A is small, it can easily cut through masonry projects. This unit is ideal for metal workers, plumbers, vehicle fabricators, and other professionals who use grinders regularly.

Additionally, the unit features an ergonomic design that provides a firm grip and outstanding user comfort. It’s designed with a sealed switch to prevent dust and unwanted materials from entering the switch mechanism.

Key Features

  • Disc size: 4-1/2 inch
  • Max speed: 11,000 RPM
  • Weight: 3.75 pounds
  • 6.0 AMP motor
  • Ergonomic shape
  • Epoxy-coated design for added durability

The Borsch 1475A Corded Angle Grinder is a compact yet powerful tool for professionals and DIYers. And for 59, this unit gives you the best bang for your buck.

  • COMPACT: weighing only 3.75 pounds, the grinder is compact and ideal for metal workers, vehicle fabricators, plumbers and other professionals who use grinders on a daily basis
  • POWER: features a powerful 6.0 AMP motor to produce 11,000 no load rpm for professional cutting and grinding applications; the efficient motor was designed with an extremely small field diameter, letting the user grind or cut with ease
  • COMFORT: offers a 2-position side auxiliary handle specifically designed to angle to a natural position for maximum operator comfort; the top handle of the angle grinder is also ergonomically designed
  • CONVENIENT: features Bosch’s Service Minder Brush System to eliminate guesswork and stops the tool when preventative maintenance is required; A 5/8 inches to 11 inch spindle works with a wide array of sizes, mounting the most popular accessories
  • DURABLE: features an epoxy coated design to protect the tool from abrasive debris; also designed with a sealed switch to keep dust and debris from entering the switch mechanism


The DeWALT 20V MAX is another excellent angle grinder ideal for professionals who want a powerful grinder without sacrificing much on price.

The DC405B comes equipped with a powerful brushless motor capable of producing 9,000 RPM for professional grinding applications. It uses the highly rated 20V brushless motor for excellent power and features DeWALT grinder brakes that stop the wheel in 2 seconds.

As a part of DeWALT’s Perform and Protect line of products, the DC405B is equipped with Kickback Brakes that stop the wheel when a stall, pinch, or bind-up is detected. There’s also a power loss reset feature that prevents accidental restart in the event of power disruption if the tool is left in the “ON” position.

Key Features

  • Disc size: 4-1/2 inch
  • Max speed: 9,000 RPM
  • Wattage: 850 watts
  • Power source: Battery powered
  • Weight: 3.75 pounds
  • Additional features: Kickback breaks, power loss reset, powerful brushless motor

With a 4.7-star rating from over six hundred satisfied customers on Amazon, the DC405B is truly an exceptional product. And for 156, the item is on par with other products in its class.

  • Brushless motor of the angle grinder requires no brush changes.
  • DeWALT grinder’s brake stops wheel in 2 seconds or less on average
  • Kickback Brake engages when a pinch, stall, or bind-up event is sensed and the electronic brake engages with maximum force to quickly stop the wheel, reduce the movement of the metal grinder and shut the grinder off.
  • Power Loss Reset prevents accidental restarts following a power disruption when the tool is left in the “on” position.

Milwaukee 2680-20 M18 18V 4-1/2 Inch Cordless Grinder

Milwaukee is a brand that requires no introduction, and its cordless grinder is an excellent option to consider for your home and commercial projects.

The Milwaukee 2680 cordless grinder boasts a 4-pole motor capable of pushing 10,000 RPM, that’s excellent for most users. A Li-Ion battery with a voltage rating of 18V powers this unit. This grinder comes loaded with features that make it ideal for a variety of jobs.

Milwaukee has included a rubber textured handle and a 3-position plastic handle that gives you maximum control with the tool. On top of that, it comes with a wheel guard that can be adjusted to suit various applications requiring different cutting angles.

According to the manufacturer, the M18 is the only grinder on the market that offers the user a paddle switch for comfort and ease of use when operating in various positions.

Key Features

  • Disc size: 4-1/2 inch
  • Max speed: 10,000 RPM
  • Power source: Corded electric
  • Voltage: 18 Volts
  • Warranty: 5 years
  • Additional features: paddle switch, tool free guard, 3-position side handle

The Milwaukee 2680 is an excellent angle grinder suitable for various applications thanks to its powerful motor and an array of features. And for 79, the tool will give you the best value for the money.

  • PADDLE SWITCH: You can activate this grinder easily, even when you’re wearing thick work gloves, thanks to the paddle switch design
  • DEBRIS BAFFLES: An “L” shape molding near the grinding wheel picks up debris and prevents it from clogging up the tool’s internal components
  • TOOL-FREE GUARD: The guard is easily adjustable. All it takes is the push of a button, and you can have the guard adjusted for a variety of cutting applications at different angles
  • 3-POSITION SIDE HANDLE: Work with maximum stability with the help of the plastic handle, included in this kit
  • M18 COMPATIBLE: This Milwaukee power tool works with M18 18v lithium ion Milwaukee batteries. Compatible models include the 48-11-1860, 48-11-1850, 48-11-1828, and 48-11-1815, 48-11-1840, 48-11-1820

DeWALT Angle Grinder Tool (DWE43116)

The DeWALT DWE43116 is a high-performance hand grinder best suited for heavy-duty tasks of commercial nature. Powered by a 13-am motor, the DWE43116 can cut through metals and other materials faster and with ease.

The all-powerful 13.0-amp motor can produce 9,000 no-load RPM for professional grinding applications.

Additionally, the unit is equipped with DeWALT’s Dust Ejection Technology that ejects debris and dust particles that enter through the air intake vents. Customers on Amazon love its ease of use, good torque, and small form factor.

And with a 4.8-star rating from over seven hundred satisfied customers, you can be confident you’re buying a quality and powerful product.

Key Features

  • Disc size: 4-1/2 to 6-inch
  • Max speed: 9,000 RPM
  • Power source: Corded electric
  • Wattage: 1,700 watts
  • Weight: 5.7 pounds
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Additional features: powerful 13-amp motor, dust ejection system technology

The DeWALT DWE43116 is a beast of a grinder that has won the hearts of many due to its power and sheer performance. And for 129, the unit is competitively priced for its features.

  • Angle grinder has 9,000 RPM Rating
  • DeWALT angle grinder comes with 13-amp motor
  • Dust Ejection System of the metal grinder provides durability by ejecting damaging dust and debris particles that enter through the air intake vents.

Milwaukee 2485-20 M12 Angle Grinder

The Milwaukee 2485-20 M12 Angle Grinder is a force to be reckoned with in the angle grinder’s space. This grinder offers up to 0.3 HP, making it 20% more powerful than most angle grinders. Milwaukee says this product can deliver better, sustained performance than pneumatic die grinders.

Better still, the M12 angle grinder can push out anywhere between 0 and 24,500 RPM, making it one of the most powerful angle grinders on the planet.

Besides its sheer performance, the other impressive thing about the M12 is the package into which the company has managed to cram all that power. The M12 die grinder is only 4.5″ and weighs only 1.2 pounds.

Key Features

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  • Disc size: 4-1/2
  • Max speed: 24,500 RPM
  • Power source: Cordless
  • Voltage: 12 Volts
  • Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • 2″ Accessories POWERSTATE Brushless Motor Technology

The Milwaukee 2485-20 is the most powerful angle grinder on our list and is capable of delivering better, sustained performance than pneumatic die grinders. For 157, the product is in the upper price bracket, which is expected of a product with such features.

  • The MILWAUKEE 1/4″ M12 FUEL Right Angle Die Grinder is the first cordless right angle die grinder that delivers the performance and size and speed professional service mechanics demand.
  • The die grinder delivers 20% more power than pneumatic competition and features the Milwaukee POWERSTATE Brushless Motor Technology.
  • The cordless die grinder provides users with up to.3 HP performance, best-in-class size to help fit in tight places, and offers users greater mobility and access.
  • 20% Power Than Pneumatic0.3 HP Motor Output4-MODE RPM CONTROLGreater Mobility and Access
  • Optimum performance with 2″ AccessoriesPOWERSTATE Brushless Motor Technology

Wrapping Up

Finding the best angle grinder for your project can be daunting, considering the flood of options out there. We hope this guide will help you cut through the noise and find the best angle grinder.

DeWALT Cordless 20-Volt 4 1/2-in Angle Grinder. 8000 RPM. Side Handle. Bare Tool (battery not included)

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DeWALT Cordless 20-Volt 4 1/2-in Angle Grinder. 8000 RPM. Side Handle. Bare Tool (battery not included)

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DeWALT Cordless 20-Volt 4 1/2-in Angle Grinder. 8000 RPM. Side Handle. Bare Tool (battery not included) is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 130.

Rated 3 out of 5 by Not Happy Still from Never even put a battery on it Bought this to use type 1 this cutting wheels for work, but it only comes with a type 27 (open-side) guard. Called DeWALT to get a type 1 guard. They gave me part #643772-00. Got this guard but it cannot be used on this tool because the guard uses a clamp-on fastener and the tool has a ratcheting release lever fastener. Called DeWALT again to see how to install this type 1 guard and was told to read the user’s manual. Called a factory service center. The guy there researched the part and the tool and said there is no type 1 guard made for this tool. I returned the tool and now I am looking for a tool that will do what I need to do.

Rated 1 out of 5 by romdos from Spindle lock button froze after 2-3 hours use [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Eats batteries, but good for the occasional grind-down or cut off. I used it to try to even up a small section of concrete and quickly found out that kind of thing is not a for a cordless device. The TERRIBLE thing about this device is the spindle lock button that keeps the disc from turning so you can change discs, suddenly froze up. Can’t push it in at all. Tried tapping it lightly, tried PB Blaster, nothing worked. The DeWALT site doesn’t even show the part on their exploded diagram so you can’t even buy it if it would come apart. I can’t recommend the quality or the manufacturer support. Gonna switch to Milwaukee.

Rated 5 out of 5 by ConsumerX from Works well but a real battery hog. Used this to grind off some epoxy concrete crack sealant. I had two of the smaller DeWALT 20 volt batteries from previous DeWALT cordless purchases. This tool eats up the charges way faster than the others. I could not keep up with one charger and two batteries. Just yesterday, I received my order for a 2-pack of the larger DeWALT 20 volt batteries. That should solve my DIY needs. However, a contractor with serious, prolonged, grinding needs might want to look at the corded model.

Rated 5 out of 5 by Film Pro from For a Cordless Grinder, this really can’t be Beat! All these dudes here with complaints(?) about this Grinder are full of.it ! I mean come on, hello? This is an Awesome CORDLESS Grinder! Ya got a Big Job in your Shop? So use one connected to 110. Like all DeWALT 20V tools, this one Rocks for outside Job Sites or when you don’t have access to your Generator. In my case, I build Movie Sets, often out on remote Locations, so this is a 100% must-have Tool in my Kit. And NO. I am NOT paid for my Opinion. IF you are ever in a Sound Stage in LA and can watch the Art Dept at work, you’ll see DeWALT tools all over the Set! No Brainer! ‘Nuff said!

Rated 4 out of 5 by PASs from A nice addition to my 20V max tool collection I already have a DeWALT 20V max drill and 1/4 inch driver set and recently got two additional 3.0Ah batteries so I decided to look for additional tools based on that battery system. I also have 2 DeWALT angle grinders, but they are corded and I wanted something I could grab and use quickly without the hassle of pulling power cords out. This was the perfect answer to all those requirements. Although it isn’t as strong or as fast (rpm) as the corded grinders it works great for small jobs.

Rated 5 out of 5 by Tom from Great tool ! I use this grinder for sharpening large, heavy blades on farm equipment. Great designed tool.

Rated 5 out of 5 by Lestina from Great Grinder Grinder performs great. To get the most out of it, if used in heavy duty grinding though, you need a 4 amp battery. Great tool. Performs well.

Rated 3 out of 5 by Gary from DeWALT 20v grinder Wished I would have done more research on this product. I absolutely love DeWALT, growing up as a child watching my father and grandfather work I knew DeWALT was and still is the most professional, most reliable battery powered equipment. I own many DeWALT 18 and now 20v Li power tools. Heck I even tossed the Echo weed trimmer for the DeWALT 20v brushless. So the problems I had with the 20v grinder is simple. It eats batteries. A 5aH battery will net you about 5 mins tops for grinding. A 1.5aH battery last about 2mins. I have 2 chargers in my shop so I didn’t see this as much of a problem till I realized the battery’s where too hot to charge after use. It takes about 15-20 mins for the batteries to cool down and take a charge. My second problem was the arbor shaft on mine was either out of balance or bent. Using a grinding wheel it would bounce a lot. And yes, it was installed correctly. I even changed out the grinding nuts with others to try and isolate the troubles. A cut off disc wouldn’t work either because of the vibration it would bounce around. I really wanted to like this as this is actually a 5” grinder. For bigger jobs I use a 7” 3m cubitron 2 disc and when they wear down I save them. Luck would have it the wheels would fit it. After day one with all the problems I took it back to Lowe’s and got the 4-1/2 DeWALT brushless and man is it worth the extra 40. I can get nearly 20 minutes of continuous grinding. DeWALT makes great tools. But if unless you are a hobbiest I would go with the better XR brushless. Hope this helps.

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DeWALT Cordless Angle Grinder Review

As someone who knows plenty of blacksmiths and welders, I would say that over 75% of them have a DeWALT grinder in their starting lineup. Granted, these are mostly corded grinders, but DeWALT has gotten it right with their angle grinders compared to other tool manufacturers. Yet again, they grind their way towards the front and hit the mark with the DeWALT Cordless Angle Grinder Review.

DeWALT Cordless Angle Grinder Review Overview

In an array of cordless angle grinders, only a few stand out due to the nature of the tool. The angle grinder, at its core, is an intense tool. One for cutting through very hard materials like concrete and steel. To do this, it requires substantial power and high-performance motors. It also requires a rugged design that plans for the longevity of use in rough environments. On top of all of these factors, safety is key. The angle grinder can become a very dangerous tool if misused or defective. Taking all of this into consideration when making a decision on a cordless grinder is important for homeowners and professionals alike.

After using the DeWALT, I definitely like it. Admittedly, other than my weird obsession with drill/drivers, angle grinders are my “favorite tool.” But to be completely candid, for someone like myself who does a large majority of work from a home shop, it’s hard to replace a corded grinder. On the other hand, the pesky cord is a huge annoyance to me and a safety concern. With that being said, from now on, I’ll leave the corded grinder in the cabinet for when I absolutely need it. The cordless tool has yet again won me over, especially since the DeWALT has some great features and tremendous build quality.

DeWALT Cordless Angle Grinder Review Features

Truth be told, on the grinders’ I had growing up when learning to weld, there were no guards. recently, my corded grinder is absent of one as well since it had perished after a hard drop. This DeWALT has one that will stay on! The very robust type 27 steel guard is adjustable and locks to whatever position you desire. Being able to direct your sparks and residual chips is important, and this guard does a fine job. Also, this model sports a 4.5in wheel, the general standard that is perfect for almost any application. Additionally this grinder runs on DeWalts 20V battery platform.

As I mentioned above, angle grinders can be dangerous to operate. In case of an accident you definitely want the cutting wheel to stop as fast as possible, rather than wind down. To accomplish this, there is a brake feature in the tool. Now, don’t confuse this with an actual device braking the rotation of the business end. Instead, via the motor, all current Is cut, and the gears stop within 2 seconds or less. This happens during any binding, pinching, or stalling occurs.

The brushless motor on the DeWALT turns at a nicely paced 9000 RPM under no load. Sure to be more than enough juice for any project. To learn more about brushed and brushless motors, be sure to check out this recent article that explores their key differences.

The two-stage trigger is a great best practice that has been incorporated into the tool. Before the paddle can be depressed, another small trigger must be activated. This reduces the risk of accidental activation.

The general tool construction is very well done. The tool shell is composed of a material that we’ve discussed in the past and can be found here in What Your Tools Are Made Of. The PA66 30% glass fiber reinforced plastic is strong, impact resistant, and sturdy. The tool shell was also well molded, and was very easy to snap back together after looking under the hood.

In addition, I was happy to see plenty of parts either machined or turned on a lathe throughout the tool, a clear sign of quality.

The butylene rubber overmold is done quite nicely, with dovetail molding into the tool shell. The material is generally grippy, and this overmold is quite thick as well.

Grinding is messy, and DeWALT has done a pretty good job of minimizing the ingress of dust into the internals. Importantly, while still allowing ventilation of the motors. This is accomplished by some mesh vents installed near the rear of the tool. The mesh looks to be suitable for the micron size associated with metal and concrete grinding and is secured to the tool shell, rather than being part of the mold. I suspect that this is to allow some cleaning of the mesh. If so, great job on DeWALT for the design!

As for the rest of the tool, no unnecessary holes are present, and the trigger surprisingly has a boot to prevent debris from traveling into the switch. Overall, DeWALT has done a great job of reducing debris creeping into the tool.

As with most other quality angle grinders, access to the gearbox is quite easy with the removal of the gearbox shroud.

Once inside the main housing, the gears look to be of good quality, and liberally lubricated with the water-resistant, lithium-based molybdenum disulfide grease. If in the event your gears ever wear out or become damaged, replacing the drive gear, and accompanying spiral pinion gear is very easy. This is due to this Smart design with easy access to the gearbox.

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DeWALT Cordless Angle Grinder Review Performance

I really took my time in the testing, teardown, and during actual projects with this grinder and I’m flat out impressed. Angle grinders take a beating and should be made for this, accordingly. The DeWALT just flat out delivers.

When cutting and grinding carbon steel for knife making blanks, I zipped through a rough cutout in just seconds, then switched discs and began some very effective grinding.

The same can be said for concrete. I tested on several bricks and drained my battery while seeing how effective the tool was against one of the toughest challenges for grinders. Lastly, for a tool restoration, I’m working on, I was able to quickly and elegantly reface an antique masonry hammer. Overall, through everything, the DeWALT was effective and ergonomic. Obviously, this was best paired with their 20v MAX 5mAh battery!

DeWALT Cordless Angle Grinder Review Value

Having quality tools that handle tough jobs with metal and concrete is important, and not a place to skimp. And as mentioned above, build quality should be on par with price, since these tools will be taking quite the beating. The DCG413B is an example of extreme build quality and reliability for the money. You can grab the bare tool at The Home Depot for 169.00, a great price for a tool that will certainly last you a very long time.

DeWALT Cordless Angle Grinder Review Final Thoughts

After a long span of thinking that corded grinders were the only way to go – I’m turned! This DeWALT proved in such a short period of time that quality, price, and reliability can culminate together! In times when corners are cut for cost savings and profit margins by many competitors, DeWALT has proven again to be a front-runner, the DCH413B is proof of that!

DeWALT has done it yet again within their 20v MAX line. The DCG413B delivers to any user that is used to a corded grinder, without the hassle of a power cord. The build quality, performance, ergonomics, and overall fit and finish is impressive for a very low cost in comparison to its competitors.

The Best Angle Grinder For Wood, Metal, and

When we set out to determine the best angle grinder, it didn’t seem like a terribly difficult task. However, when we got our team together, it was quickly apparent that there are so many outstanding models out there. Angle grinders are a core tool and nearly every brand makes multiple models.

While we’ve done our best to narrow things down based on our experience, we haven’t been able to put our hands on every model out there. So if you have a grinder you love, let us and your fellow readers know what makes it stand out in the Комментарии и мнения владельцев section.

How to Choose the Right Angle Grinder

Choosing the right angle grinder for the job is mainly about size and performance. With three primary angle grinder classes (small, medium, and large), it’s all about which size wheel fits in the area you need to grind, cut, or polish.

When the wheel contacts the material, it then has to get the job done. An underpowered grinder might cut 1/4-inch steel plate or grind welds, but higher-performing ones are going to do it much more quickly.

From there, it’s about convenience and features. By far the most convenient way to go is to cut the cord and use battery power. The best cordless angle grinders keep up with corded models—even up to 9-inch models! The trade-off is a higher cost and limited runtime. On the other hand, electronic controls give cordless grinders some features that aren’t common on corded ones.

Here are some other features to look consider:

  • Electronic braking
  • Automatic kickback shut-off
  • Advanced vibration control system
  • Compatible shrouds for working with concrete/masonry
  • Brushless motor (on cordless and corded models)
  • Smart controls/tracking
  • Three total side handle install points

Read up on angle grinder uses and how cordless technology is influencing them here.

The Best Angle Grinder Overall | Our Top Pick

DeWALT 60V Max FlexVolt 6-Inch Angle Grinder DCG418

At the end of the day, the tool you pick up the most is the best for the way you work since you use it so much. The one we pick up more than any other in our shop is DeWALT’s second-generation FlexVolt angle grinder. It has the performance (13-amp equivalent, 9000 RPM) and safety features we demand (kickback control and electronic brake) with the convenience of cordless operation.

One of the other things that sets it apart from high-performance grinders in its class is the ergonomics of its handle design. It’s a slim profile with a trigger rather than a paddle or slide switch.

Price: 229.00 bare, 319.00 (1 x 3.0Ah battery) and 469.00 (2 x 3.0Ah battery) kit options

The Best Cordless Angle Grinder

With DeWALT taking the top spot overall, that model is also our number 1 pick as the best cordless angle grinder. Here are three more options we highly recommend:

Milwaukee M18 Fuel 5-Inch Angle Grinder with One-Key 2883/2882

Milwaukee’s latest flagship small angle grinder has outstanding power with the brake and kickback control we’re looking for. Capable of using 4 1/2 or 5-inch wheels, both styles have a top speed of 8500 RPM.

The 2883 (slide lock) and 2882 (paddle switch) also include One-Key. While there are no control settings, it does offer tracking and inventory management, making it a great option for construction firms and shops that prefer help tracking tools from the crib.

Price: 219 bare, 469 kit (2 x 6.0Ah High Output battery)

Bosch Spitfire ProFactor 18V Connected-Ready X-Lock 6-Inch Angle Grinder GWX18V-13CN

Bosch has a lot going on with their GWX18V-13CN angle grinder. It’s capable of using wheels from 5 to 6 inches and using the completely tool-free X-Lock interface, you can kiss your spanner wrench goodbye! As a 13-amp corded equivalent, the grinder’s BiTurbo brushless motor spins up to 8500 RPM.

In addition to electronic brake, kickback control, drop control, and restart protection features, this model is also Connected-Ready. Just add the Bosch Connected Module to gain Smart tracking and diagnostic communication.

This grinder is also available without X-Lock as the GWS18V-13CN.

Price: 249 bare, 399 kit (1 x 8.0Ah Core18V battery)

Makita 40V max XGT AWS-Capable 9-Inch Angle Grinder GAG10

The cordless large angle grinder group is ironically very small. Among the major brands, your choices are between Makita, Metabo, and Milwaukee. None of them are poor choices. However, our pick for the best cordless large angle grinder in Makita’s GAG10.

Using a single 40V max XGT battery instead of two 18V batteries for power, it kickback and brake safety features, and adds restart protection along with AWS. Makita’s Autostart Wireless System automatically turns on your vac when you pull the trigger, making this an excellent option for concrete and masonry work in addition to standard metalworking.

On the performance side, expect to run 7 or 9-inch wheels up to 6600 RPM. The tool also has an isolated rear handle to help absorb vibration and reduce fatigue in your hand and arm.

Price: 309 bare, 469 (1 x 4.0Ah battery)

The Best Corded Angler Grinder

In order to get the kickback control and electronic brake we’ve been talking about, the best way to get them is with the electronic controls that come with a brushless motor. In recent years, a couple of brands have introduced corded brushless angle grinders that offer those additional safety features.

That’s a big deal to our team, plus you don’t have carbon brushes to replace. If those features aren’t a big deal to you, you might find the best corded angle grinder for you is something different than what we’re recommending.

Metabo HPT AC Brushless 5-Inch Angle Grinder G13BYEQ

Metabo HPT earns our pick for the best corded small angle grinder with its 5-inch AC brushless G13BYEQ. It uses a 12-amp brushless motor to spin the wheel up to 10,000 RPM. The paddle switch and electronic brake ensure the motor stops quickly if your hand comes off for some reason, and it has the built-in kickback control we prefer on grinders.

DeWALT Brushless 6-Inch Angle Grinder DWE43244N

For your medium size grinder, we like DeWALT’s 5-inch/6-inch DWE43244N. It’s a corded paddle switch grinder that takes advantage of a brushless motor. As part of DeWALT’s Performance Protect line, it has an electronic clutch with kickback control and an electronic brake.

For those of your working at height, there’s a lanyard attachment hook just below where the cord enters the housing.

Flipping over to the performance, the motor runs 13 amps and produces a solid 1800 watts of power with speeds up to 9000 RPM.

Metabo 9-Inch Angle Grinder WEPB 24-230 MVT

When it’s time to go big, we prefer Metabo for the best corded large angle grinder. In particular, we like the WEPB 24-230 MVT for several reasons. This 15-amp grinder is well-built and can handle wheels up to 9 inches with speeds up to 6600 RPM. Even though it’s not a brushless model, it does have a mechanical disk brake that activates if the deadman switch is released, if the wheel binds up, or even in an unexpected power loss.

The “MVT” designation on this grinder stands for Metabo VibraTech and includes an internal dampening system along with a vibration reduction side handle.

We also really like the rat tail handle design. Grinders of all sizes can have pretty wide handles that small and medium-size hands have a tougher time with. Metabo’s rat tail handle offers a much more ergonomic grip to hands of all sizes.

The Best Budget Angle Grinder

Ryobi 18V One HP Brushless 4 1/2-Inch Angle Grinder PBLAG01

Ryobi made a huge jump in performance with its HP Brushless line of cordless tools and the paddle switch angle grinder of the group is no exception. Paired with a High Performance battery, the brushless motor is capable of 9200 RPM using 4 1/2-inch wheels.

This is one of only a few grinders with a tool-free wheel removal. Ryobi’s FixTec flange nut has a flip-up section you can grab and twist to loosen or tighten with your fingers. If the nut happens to be too tight, there’s a spanner wrench you can use as a backup.

Even though this model is more expensive than some of the more budget-friendly options out there, its performance makes it an excellent value.

Price: 129 bare, 179 kit (1 x 4.0Ah High Performance battery)

Skil 8-Amp 5-Inch Corded Angle Grinder AG242001

Skil takes your basic grinder needs up a notch with its AG242001. As our top choice for the best corded budget angle grinder, this 5-inch paddle switch grinder is a bit more powerful than its competition with an 8-amp motor producing an impressive 12000 RPM.

It also features three handle positions and the spanner wrench stores right inside the side handle where you’re much less likely to lose it.

The Best Angle Grinder Brand

You can ask professionals which brand makes the best angle grinder and you’ll get a variety of answers. When we look at the grinders consistently doing the toughest jobs, no brand shows up as much as Metabo. The quality of Metabo’s engineering and design along with an incredibly deep line that covers the entire range of grinder needs makes it a top choice time after time. They’re more expensive than other professional brands, but that’s what we expect at this level.

Options From Brands We Trust

Best Craftsman Angle Grinder

Craftsman’s CMCG450 is a 4 1/2-inch brushless model that’s a solid value at less than 100 for the bare tool. It has performance primarily meeting the needs of serious DIYers and has a 3-position side handle with a spanner wrench that stores conveniently in it.

Best Flex Angle Grinder

Even though Flex has been around a long time as a brand, its 24V cordless system is one of the newest on the market. Their 5-inch brushless variable speed grinder doesn’t have a first-gen feel, though. With legitimate Pro-level performance and a comfortable design, kickback control reduces injury risk in a bind-up while the side handle absorbs vibration. It’s also the best value in the professional small angle grinder class.

This grinder is available with a slide switch or a paddle switch.

Price: 179 bare, 199 kit (1 x 5.0Ah battery)

Best HART Tools Angle Grinder

While Ryobi was our pick for the best budget cordless grinder, HART Tools makes a great case as another high-value pick with the HPAG25. Their brushless model boasts the same 9200 RPM as Ryobi and has a three-position side handle. The best part is the price—just 119 as a bare tool.

The downside is that it’s not sold as a kit with a battery and charger. However, you’re going to want more than just the grinder, so grab the brushless drill and impact driver combo to help you get started.

Best Kobalt Angle Grinder

Kobalt’s top grinder is the cordless brushless KAG 424B-03 (KAG 1724A-03 for the kit). It’s a 5-inch model with a paddle switch design that covers all the basics you need with a couple of bonuses. It has a three-position handle and the spanner wrench stores inside the handle so you have it when you need it.

The biggest story for Kobalt is the performance. The brushless motor and 6-cell 24V max battery system run your grinder wheels up to 8500 RPM with plenty of muscle to back it up.

Price: 129 bare tool, 219 kit (1 x 4.0Ah battery)

Best Porter-Cable Angle Grinder

Porter-Cable is back and Tractor Supply carries the entire line! With corded and cordless options, our top choice is Porter-Cable’s corded 7.5-amp grinder. It uses 4 1/2-inch wheels and has a 3-position side handle. The biggest deal is the price—it runs just 39.99 and has a 3-year warranty, making it one of the best angle grinders if you’re on a budget.

Best Ridgid Angle Grinder

Ridgid has several angle grinders to choose from with options on both the corded and cordless sides. If you’re on the hunt for something with a larger wheel and more muscle that doesn’t break the bank, check out the R10202. Its 15-amp motor powers 7-inch wheels up to 8000 RPM.

Not only does this model have a 3-position side handle, but it also has a rotating 3-position rat tail main handle design. No matter which way you’re cutting, you can get both hands in a natural, comfortable position so you can FOCUS on the cut instead of your grip. Plus, this powerful grinder retails under the 150 mark.

The Best Angle Grinder for Wood Carving

Most people don’t think of an angle grinder for wood carving duties, but there are accessories out there specifically for that purpose. One of the most helpful is essentially a wheel with chainsaw teeth on the edge. You can also use flap disks just like you do for metal.

Most of the wood carving wheels are 4 or 4 1/2 inches, so a small angle grinder is your best bet, and we highly recommend a model with kickback control. The trick here is to make sure your grinder isn’t underpowered since this can be a very aggressive application. If you have spare batteries and a Rapid charger, cordless can be a convenient option. However, the unlimited runtime of a corded grinder is our preference.

If you don’t already have a grinder in mind, give Metabo HPT’s G13BYEQ as our pick for the best corded small angle grinder.

The Best Angle Grinder for Tile Cutting

If you’re going to cut tile, granite, or other masonry with your angle grinder, you need to use a dust shroud and connect a dust extractor. A collection system keeps the dust from getting into your lungs while also pulling it away from your cutline.

There are several add-on shrouds you can buy that take the place of the grinder’s guard. Our top recommendation is DeWALT’s DWE46125 cutting shroud for small angle grinders (84). If you’re looking for an all-in-one solution, DeWALT’s DWE46123 includes the cutting shroud with a grinder in one package for 219.

Price: 84 (shroud only), 219 (grinder and shroud)

The Best Angle Grinder for Concrete

Similar to tile cutting, the best angle grinder for concrete has plenty of muscle behind it, a shroud to help collect the dust, and has the unlimited runtime of corded AC power.

Check out Makita’s PC5010CX1 for a 5-inch grinder with a concrete shroud as an all-in-one tool. Its 12-amp motor has 1400 watts of muscle and there’s a vibration-dampening spring system to make the job less fatiguing.

If you’re on the hunt for the absolute best in concrete cutting and polishing on an industrial level, take a look at what US Saws has to offer. The Mark III Dust Buggy is ideal for cleaning out joints. For floor prep, the TC-7 Stand-Up Edger lets you tackle the edges close the walls where your larger concrete polisher isn’t the best option. Incidentally, both use Metabo grinders to get the job done.

The Best Angle Grinder for Cutting Metal

The best angle grinder for cutting metal can be virtually any of the grinders we’ve recommended. It’s all about your expectations for performance, features, and budget. What makes a big difference here is choosing the right accessory for the job.

You have two major options: abrasive wheels or diamond wheels. Abrasive wheels are significantly cheaper, while diamond wheels last much, much longer. If you do a cost-per-cut analysis, diamond wheels end up being a better value if you don’t mind the upfront cost.

If you prefer abrasive cutting wheels, we like the performance and life we get from Makita, and they have both standard and X-Lock wheels available. Another one to keep your eyes on is DeWALT’s Elite Series.

For diamond cutting wheels, it’s tough to beat Diablo for both standard and X-Lock arbors. We also use Lenox MetalMax diamond cutting wheels frequently.

Angle Grinder Safety Tips

Angle grinders can spin up to 10,000 RPM or more. When something goes wrong on the business end, it can be catastrophic, sending shrapnel into your face and body, hurting bystanders, or damaging material and equipment around you. Here are some angle grinder safety tips to prevent it:

  • Always wear eye protection—no excuses!
  • Consider wearing a metalworking apron
  • Wear cut-resistant gloves
  • Never work without a guard in place
  • Use a braking grinder when you can
  • Get a grinder with kickback control
  • Consider a paddle switch instead of an on/off switch
  • Wait until the wheel stops moving before you set the grinder down

How We Make Our Choices

As we considered the dozens of quality grinders available, there were several things we prioritized to help us make our recommendations.


At the end of the day, performance is still the number one priority. We’re looking for grinders that have enough torque to keep their RPMs high and continue to work quickly when the going gets tough.

Size and Weight

When it’s an option, our team reaches for the lightest, most compact tool that still gets the job done with confidence.

Safety Features

Braking grinders with kickback control are two of the top safety features we look for. Any other innovations that improve safety also earn big bonus points.

Additional Features

After safety features, other design elements that make the job easier help improve a grinder’s overall score.

Price and Value

We’re big on value. It’s not about paying the least amount of money possible, it’s about getting the most you can from the angle grinder that fits the budget you have.

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Ever check out a “review” site and you can’t tell if they actually tested the tools or if they’re just “recommending” the Amazon top sellers? That’s not us. We won’t recommend anything unless we’d actually use it ourselves and we don’t really care who the primary retailer is. It’s all about giving you a legitimate recommendation and our honest opinion of each product.

We’ve been in business since 2008 covering tools, writing reviews, and reporting on industry news in the construction, automotive, and lawn care industries. Our Pro reviewers work in the trades and have the skills and experience to know whether tools can perform well in the field.

Each year, we bring in and review more than 250 individual products. Our team will put our hands on hundreds of additional tools at media events and trade shows throughout the year.

We consult with innovators in the technology and design of tools to gain a broader grasp of where these products fit and how they work.

We work with more than two dozen professional contractors around the United States who review products for us on real job sites and consult with us on testing methods, categories, and weighting.

We’ll provide more than 500 pieces of new content this year absolutely free for our readers—including objective evaluations of individual tools and products.

The end result is information you can trust because of the editorial, scientific, and real-world professional experience we collectively utilize each and every time we pick up and test a tool.

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