I use a lot of air tools for sanding and have been slowly upgrading them as stuff has worn out. Some years back I bought a Harbor Freight (HF) model and the bearings wore out so I did some digging to buy a new one. I tend to look at a combination of features, reviews and price. In this case, I needed something local as I was in the middle of some work and couldn’t wait for mail order.
I decided to go with a new one from Home Depot – the Husky H4230C 1/4″ angle grinder. The price was good and I could walk into my local Home Depot and pick it up. 30 reviews and 4.5 stars was good enough for me. I really didn’t want another HF tool as they tend to use a lot of air in my opinion.
The Husky is light, compact and like every other angle grinder on the market. The one thing I immediately noticed is that it didn’t take much air to operate. Even at 60PSI the thing was clipping right along and at 90PSI it had plenty of speed and torque to turn the 3″ sanding flap and surface prep discs I use.
By the way, I need to do a lot of uneven surfaces and a trick I know is to use the 2″ R-type quick connect mandrel but actually use 3″ discs. You can save a ton of money by purchasing the discs via Amazon – don’t buy them at a retail store or you will pay a fortune.
I bought unit in August 2017 and have used it a ton with no problems at all. I need to keep my airlines clean and do not run an inline lubricator so I do add a few drops of air tool oil at the start of each sanding session – that is the only maintenance that I do. All in all, I am happy with the purchase and thought I would pass along the recommendation.
Here are some photos of it including next to the seized HF unit that went in the trash after I tool the photos:
I hope this helps you out!
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