We have grown out of the era to where companies like Dewalt don't want to raise prices on their muscle machines. They're making you buy the battery packs and the charger separately now. The reason I purchased this Dewalt DC411B 18V Cordless 4-1/2" this summer was the abundance of small to medium size jobs I had set up for this grinder to do. With Lowe's in house warranty, if anything were to go wrong with the one you purchased, they will replace it until your machine comes back from the shop.
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What's in the box: My grinder came with a black head wrench just in case the quick release head has any problems. There are two 4 ½ inch grinding plates that came with it. As I prepared the grinder, I put one battery pack in the charger and let it built up a juice. A small suggestion, I bought 5 more grinding wheels so I had them in stock. Read the instruction manual on how the quick release works. Each battery pack is good for 45 minutes to an hour and takes 45 minutes to recharge.
Get use of this grinder first: This 18 volt machine has a 6,500 rotations per minute speed and the grip handle can be used on both sides of the grinder. Other things you have to worry about at the start, pushing your machine hard at the beginning. Break the grinder in slowly moving from a left to right motion if cutting a bolt off, or grazing the metal if cutting on a sheet. I've done this to my old mower decks that we replaced the old rusted out areas. It has a smaller head and neck so it is easier to maneuver in tight quarters. The grinder head has a protection bar across it to help prevent anything coming back at you, please don't remove it.
The Grinder itself: Is a re-enforced poly plastic body with a steel cast head. The grip will feel good if you have a medium hand size, and there's a cruise control button that you press for continuous work and able to use both hands better on the grip. It does feel comfortable like this, but you must keep a balance in what you're cutting so the grinder head doesn't bounce much on you. Wearing protective gear is a must here, safety eye glasses and gloves so the sparks don't hit your eyes or hand. The manufactures warranty goes as followed 90 day money back guarantee if you're dissatisfied, 3 year limited warranty, and the one year free service contract if it breaks on you. Overall this is a very comfortable machine to use; it feels great in your hands so that you can keep your eyes on the project at hand.
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