Makita is a world-renowned Japanese brand that has been manufacturing power tools for over a century. In recent years, the company has found international success with their range of cordless power tools that come equipped with powerful batteries to support the high RPM speeds and durable motors of their range of angle grinders. The 18V Lithium-ion batteries that are included in Makita grinders make ordinary cordless grinders seem like ancient tools of a bygone era. Increased performance and longer cutting and grinding times are frequently cited by users as the standout features of a Makita grinder.
Makita delivers corded grinding performance without the cord with the 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless 4-1/2″ / 5” Cut-Off/Angle Grinder (tool only, battery and charger sold separately). It’s powered by a Makita brushless motor for longer run time, increased power and speed, and longer tool life. For the most demanding applications, Makita’s exclusive Automatic Speed Change™ Technology automatically adjusts speed and torque during operation for optimal performance. The XAG04Z is ideal for grinding, cutting and sanding a wide range of materials including tile, concrete, pipe, conduit, and more.
Grinding discs traditionally come between 4 to 12 inches in size. The more common tend to be on the smaller side of 4 to4.5 inches because they get through a load of work. The smaller discs are used as they make the angle grinder easier to use in tight spaces. However, on the flip side, if you know you need to be grinding or polishing larger areas then a larger disc will definitely be a better fit for your needs. That means it depends on if you just want a good all-rounder or you need an angle grinder for a specific task in a project.
Makita’s 4-1/2” Cut-Off/Angle Grinder combines 7.5 AMP power with comfort and motor-protection features for longer-lasting industrial performance. The 9557PB Angle Grinder delivers 11,000 RPM, with soft start for smooth start-ups. The Cut-Off/Angle Grinder also features a range of durability features including labyrinth construction which seals and protects the motor and bearings from dust and debris for longer tool life, as well as a protective zig-zig varnish engineered to seal the armature from dust and debris.
In many cases, the size of the motor will go a long way in determining how much power you have. On the smaller size, you’re looking at a 7.5 amp motor. Which delivers plenty of power if you’re needing an angle grinder for smaller jobs in contracting tasks or around the house. They also tend to be cordless which makes them more practical to use anywhere as well as in tighter spaces.
In contrast, the larger angle grinders can go up to 12-13 amps motor sizes. If you find that you need a workhorse of an angle grinder that you use day in day out, or you work a lot with welds this is going to be a much better fit.
Makita delivers corded grinding performance without the cord with the 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless 4-1/2” Cut-Off/Angle Grinder with Electric Brake (XAG09Z, tool only, batteries and charger sold separately). It’s powered by a Makita brushless motor for longer run time, increased power and speed, and longer tool life. For the most demanding applications, Makita’s exclusive Automatic Speed Change™ Technology automatically adjusts speed and torque during operation for optimal performance. For added convenience, the XAG09Z has an electric brake that stops the wheel in 2 seconds or less upon release of the switch.
This seems like a minor point but it will go along way in determining the power and performance of the angle grinder. In an ideal world, you’d want a cordless Makita angle grinder because the cable restricts where you can use it and can also get in the way whilst you are grinding. But, even though the technology is advancing, you don’t quite get the same power. Well, at least not yet. You can get very good general purpose cordless angle grinders, but if you need to grind a lot of welded metals or polish larger surfaces, you should look at a corded angle grinder option to get the job done.
The 9565CV is powered by a 13 AMP motor with soft start for smoother start-ups. The 5-stage variable speed dial (2,800 – 10,500 RPM) allows the user to match the RPM to the application. The electronic limiter stops the motor and reduces accidental motor overload and burnout, and the electronic speed control maintains consistent speed under load. Labyrinth construction protects the motor with a complex set of channels, prohibiting dust and contamination. In addition, the protective zig-zag varnish seals the motor and bearings from dust and debris by creating a barrier under rotation. The 9565CV is engineered with SJS™ mechanical clutch system, an innovation from Makita that protects the gears by automatically disengaging the motor should the grinding wheel accidentally catch or bind.