Best Budget Angle Grinders under $100 of 2020 – Top Picks & Reviews
It can be hard to shop for budget tools online. Without getting to hold and use a tool, it can be difficult to tell if it’s a good deal, or if you’re buying something that will break shortly after you start working, and leave you worse off than when you started.
We think that a well-informed consumer can make a great choice when it comes to buying budget angle grinders. The reviews and buyer’s guide in this piece are designed to help you find a model that will last a long time and work well, despite its low price. We also help you learn everything you need to know before you buy so that you can buy with confidence and have the peace of mind that you won’t be buying a tool that will die prematurely.
Our Favorite Models Compared
|Best Overall||DEWALT DWE402 11-Amp||
|Makita GA4030K 4"||
|Best Value||Hitachi G12SR4||
The 5 Best Budget Angle Grinders under $100
1. DEWALT DWE402 11-Amp Angle Grinder – Best Overall
The DEWALT DWE402 is a great example of a tool that provides quality service at a fraction of what you think it would cost. This angle grinder has a powerful eleven-amp motor that can get up to 11,000 RPM, which will be enough power to get you through most tasks without any problems. It also comes with a brushless motor, which lasts longer and is lighter than an equivalently-powerful brushed motor, and has fewer potential points of failure. It also comes with a dust-ejection system that keeps the air intake clean and extends the motor’s life.
It also includes a vibration control system, which reduces the amount of force you have to apply to keep this model in place while you work but has the added benefit of not wearing you out as quickly as other models will. The one problem with this model is that it’s a bit on the heavy side, but in its defense, it would cost far more if it were a model without any flaws whatsoever. If you’re looking to get a great overall angle grinder, but don’t want to break the bank to do it, this is a model that you should strongly consider.
2. Makita GA4030K 4-Inch Angle Grinder
The Makita GA4030K has the potential to be the top model on our list if the DEWALT model that took first place didn’t exist. It comes with a six-amp motor, which sounds insufficient relative to the previous model, but it can get the slightly-smaller 4-inch blade up to 11,000 RPM, which is just as fast as the first model. It also comes with a narrow-grip that is just 2-1/4 inches in circumference, which makes it easier to hold than some angle grinders, which can be bulky and hard to hold. It also includes a zig-zag varnish seal inside the armature which protects it from dust, which should extend the life of the internal moving parts.
An innovative feature on this model is that the handle is ten degrees removed from the typical 90-degree mount, which sounds like a strange feature, but many people report that it makes for a far more comfortable experience. The case isn’t that great, but it’s not an important part of the set. Overall, this is an excellent angle grinder, and if you don’t need the top-end power of the first model and want to save a few dollars, this model is a good choice.
3. Hitachi G12SR4 Angle-Grinder – Best Value
The Hitachi G12SR4 is the best overall angle grinder for the money on our list. It comes with five abrasive wheels, which puts it far ahead of the first two models on our list, which come with only one wheel between the two of them. It’s also a very lightweight model, as it weighs only four pounds, making it one of the models that is easy to move around, and it doesn’t require a lot of force to hold it in place. Given these features, it’s hard to believe that it costs less than the first two models, but it does, making it great value overall.
It also comes with a different on-off switch than most. The upside is that you can lock it on, and don’t have to hold it on while you work. The downside is that it’s a bit hard to activate and if you’re wearing bulky safety gloves that problem gets even worse. It’s a polarizing design choice, and it’s one that’s going to bother most people. If that trigger were to be replaced with a superior one, we would rank this model more highly, but as is it will have to settle for third place.
4. Bosch 1375A Angle Grinder Tool
The Bosch 1375A is a good choice for people who value a tool’s weight above all other features. This model shaves a quarter of a pound off the previous model, and only weighs 3.75 pounds, which is practically nothing when it comes to power tools. It also features a six-amp motor capable of spinning the 4.5-inch blade at 11,000 RPM, which means you can do just about any job with this model. While some tools have a reputation for breaking too easily, this model has the opposite reputation. Many users report that it lasts for years, which is surprising, given the price point.
Of course, it has some flaws, including a hard-to-reposition guard. This model requires the use of a tool to turn the angle guard, which is a bit of a pain. Like the previous model, it also comes with a tricky on-off switch. You can lock it on, but many people occasionally turn it off accidentally, and it can be hard to manipulate the switch if you’re wearing bulky gloves. If you’re looking for a very light tool, you might like this one, but you might want to get a heavier one that is less frustrating to use.
5. Zeroomade JM-6435 Angle Grinder
The Zeroomade JM-6435 is a fairly lackluster budget angle grinder. If you need to get a model for a bargain-basement price, this is a good one to consider, but the question arises of why you wouldn’t pay a bit more and get a better model. The good news is that this model is very cheap. It also comes with a good motor, which provides 7.5 amps of power, and produces between 3,000 and 12,000 RPM, depending on the load. It also comes with a dust-ejection system, which helps keep dust out of the airflow, which extends the motor’s life.
However, this model is subject to numerous problems. Chief among them are the quality control issues that often lead to this model breaking down after just a few hours of use. Another problem is that the manufacturer recommends that you give this tool a rest break every 45 minutes, which is going to greatly reduce your efficiency. Finally, it weighs almost 6.5 pounds, making it a very heavy model. While you could get this model if you were looking for something extremely cheap, the fact of the matter is that it’s not likely to last long or be a frustration-free experience.
Hopefully, our reviews have already given you some insight into the different budget angle grinders on the market today. When it comes to getting great value for your money, it’s important to consider the quality, power, and ease of use that come with each model.
Quality is arguably the most important feature you can get in a budget angle grinder. High-quality models last a long time, even if they have a low price. It’s not always easy to tell which are great models based on online product descriptions alone, especially since most models in this price range use a plastic case. However, reading online reviews and looking for reports about tools breaking prematurely can be a great way to avoid buying a lemon.
Power is also a very important feature. On our list, we have models that range from six to eleven amps of power, which means you can get a model that’s near twice as powerful, without spending twice as much, which makes for a great deal. You’ll also want to invest in a model with a brushless motor if you can, as they provide more power for the same weight as a brush-using motor.
The ease of use is something that many people underrate when working with power tools. Angle grinders with better ease of use have some or all of the following features. Vibration-reducing handles tire you out less, while tool-free disc changes speed up the rate at which you work. You should also look for models with angled handles, which are easier to hold, and models that are lighter let you work for longer without feeling worn out.
The DEWALT DWE402 is our favorite model due to its powerful, brushless motor, dust-ejection system, and vibration control features. The Makita GA4030K is a great overall model that comes with good power, a narrow grip, and a dust-sealed interior, but its bad case costs it first place. The Hitachi G12SR4 includes five abrasive wheels, is very lightweight, and since it comes at a great price, it’s the best model for the money on our list. The Bosch 1375A is very lightweight and comes with a good motor and good durability as well, but it comes with some annoying features that drop it to fourth place. The Zeroomade JM-6435 is cheap and has a decent motor, but quality control issues mean it won’t last long, and its heft means you won’t like using it while it lasts.
If you need a new budget angle grinder, we hope that our reviews and buyer’s guide have helped you find a model that will meet all of your needs without making a huge dent in your wallet.
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