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HF Angle grinder bites the dust
#1401441 Mon Mar 15 2021 04:04 AM
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Housekeeping (Moderator) Making a Stovebolt Bed & Paint and Body Shop Forums
So the $20 Harbor Freight angle grinder I bought at least 5 years ago let the smoke out today. I had to break out my spare $20 HF angle grinder to finish the job.

Not bad service for a cheapskate like myself. wink

Here's a video [flickr.com] of the carnage.


Kevin
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
Busting rust since the mid-60's
Re: HF Angle grinder bites the dust
klhansen #1401455 Mon Mar 15 2021 12:42 PM
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'Bolter
thumbs_up


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: HF Angle grinder bites the dust
klhansen #1403596 Mon Mar 29 2021 03:50 AM
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Before the guys went to nearly all battery tools we bought the dickins out of HF air tools. With paint prices out of sight one can't oil air tools so we used them dry. Life was short. Now the walls and benches are cluttered with battery chargers but very few fish eyes in paint.


Evan
Re: HF Angle grinder bites the dust
klhansen #1403605 Mon Mar 29 2021 04:52 AM
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When I was teaching auto body classes at an inner-city Nashville high school, we had terrible problems with fisheyes in several paint jobs. I finally tracked down the source of the problem. At least a third of my students were using large quantities of Vaseline Intensive Care lotion on a daily basis. They called it "ash killer"! Sanding body filler and then rubbing their hands over the freshly-sanded surface feeling for ripples was putting the lotion deep under the primer and the finish paint.
Jerry


The murder victim was drowned in a bathtub full of Rice Krispies and milk.
The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

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Re: HF Angle grinder bites the dust
klhansen #1404115 Wed Mar 31 2021 11:22 PM
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Shop Shark
Kevin - I keep two spare HF Angle Grinders in my tool cabinet, buying them when they are on sale. A lot cheaper than the other big box store brands!! You're not a cheapskate, you're just being frugal!! More money to spend on truck parts.


Charlie

'51 3100 5-Window (Restomod in progress)
Re: HF Angle grinder bites the dust
klhansen #1404117 Wed Mar 31 2021 11:37 PM
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Frugal! Yeah, that's the ticket. grin


Kevin
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
Busting rust since the mid-60's
Re: HF Angle grinder bites the dust
klhansen #1404127 Thu Apr 01 2021 12:11 AM
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LOL I bought a Grinder at least 25 years ago from a Truck Load Tool Sale (we didn't have HF back then). It was 5 dollars and came with 5 grinding wheels. Somewhere along the way someone gave me another one. Well the bearing in one went out and I bought a $3 bearing at the hardware store that fit perfectly. the next issue I had was the switch went bad. Tore it open and it was a double pole Switch well I made it a Single pole cause one side still worked! I have spent more money on Cut off wheels, Wire Wheels and Diamond Wheels then I have on Grinders. I bought it as a use it and Throw it away when done...... guess I ain't done with it yet! LOL


Brian Moore
1949 3100 5 window Deluxe
"Today is better than yesterday, but not as good as tomorrow"
Re: HF Angle grinder bites the dust
klhansen #1405047 Wed Apr 07 2021 12:03 AM
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It's ALIVE AGAIN!!! nanner
I (of course) opened it up and discovered that the rear bearing (near the brushes) had seized up and spun in the housing. So I went down to the local bearing supply and bought a replacement bearing. Used a little epoxy to reinforce the housing around the bearing and set it aside to cure. Today I plugged it in and nothing, so tore into it again and discovered that one of the brushes was hanging up. Fixed that and it roared back to life. So I still have a spare. thumbs_up


Kevin
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
Busting rust since the mid-60's

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