Hitachi G12SR3 4-1/2-Inch Angle Grinder
Hitachi’s grinder has a slide switch, which almost knocked it out of the list, but I decided that wasn’t fair to those who like slide switches. At 6 amps and 10,000 RPM, the motor is a bit smaller than the others and also the lightest grinder on this list at only 3.1 pounds. Add rubber over-molding on the barrel and you’ve got a high degree of operator comfort. The side handle is slightly canted towards the front, providing better leverage to the user. Hitachi has even made the brushes easily accessible for quick replacement. While replacing the five included wheels does require an included wrench, there is a spindle lock. The price on this grinder is incredible making it an attractive option for handymen everywhere.