Obviously, the tool has a really powerful motor. It’s small and lightweight. It’s probably the Cadillac of grinders. We’ve made our money back on it time and time again.
Pittsburgh, Pa. (Vocus) December 2, 2009
With a complete line of five WS 14 compact angle grinders in use in the field, professional metalworkers are providing feedback on how the newest additions to the FEIN Power Tools (http://www.feinus.com) product line are doing.
One such professional is Jerry Harris, assistant shop supervisor for Hopewell Designs Inc. in Marietta, Ga. He uses FEIN WS 14 angle grinders in metal fabrication applications—and based on the machine’s performance so far, he expects many years of cost-effective operation.
“If you look at the new FEIN grinder, you see everything I’ve ever asked for. After you’ve wrestled with these things for 30 years, when you find something you like, you want to tell everybody,” he said. “I expect lower lifetime cost because it’s twice the machine, and I will get longer usage out of it.”
In addition to its performance benefits, the FEIN angle grinder stays cooler during operation, according to Harris. “I use six-inch disks on my five-inch grinders all day long, and I’ve put seven-inch disks on it to try to burn it up, and I cannot,” he said. “I went around with it for 45 minutes and it didn’t get hot, it didn’t overheat, it didn’t stop. I’ve got a competing product to do finishing sanding, and after 10 minutes it was too hot to touch the head of it.”
Andy Hobbs, owner of Nashville Fabrication in Nashville, Tenn., concurs with Harris’ opinion of the WS 14 angle grinder’s performance.
“I think the gears are cut better. It’s quieter and smoother in your hand, and it doesn’t vibrate—you can just feel it’s running more smoothly,” he said. “Obviously, the tool has a really powerful motor. It’s small and lightweight. It’s probably the Cadillac of grinders. We’ve made our money back on it time and time again.”
Fine control is a significant benefit of the WS 14 angle grinder, according to Steve Slater, head grinder at Thomas Precision Machinery. “It’s very durable, with a lot of nice adjustments for speed. The control is really good,” he said.
Slater also mentions customer support as a FEIN advantage. “It’s got a great warranty, which I doubt we’ll use because of how well the tool’s been running so far,” he said. “It’s like buying a Mercedes-Benz—I think it’s worth its value in the long run.”
About FEIN: Headquartered in Schwäbisch Gmünd-Bargau, Germany, with the primary U.S. location in Pittsburgh, Pa., FEIN develops and produces power tools for industrial and manual trades, including the metal, interior work and automotive sectors. A longtime innovator in handheld electric power tools, FEIN holds more than 800 active industrial property rights, including more than 500 patents and patent applications. The company, which was founded in 1867 and invented the first electric hand drill in 1895, employs more than 840 people and markets its products through 16 international subsidiaries and representations in 61 countries around the world. http://www.feinus.com