15 best grinding machines

To make it go smoothly

Even if the last acquaintance with sandpaper you had on the lessons of work at school, you probably saved the memory, how tedious and monotonous this process is - polishing. It is not surprising that a person came up with such a variety of grinding machines: from multi-kilowatt two-handed "Bulgarians" (yes, although they are familiar as a tool for cutting, but the term "angle grinder" hints) to compact engravers with appropriate nozzles, people have long called "Dremels" following the example of "copiers" and "diapers".

Where is the work of grinding the most time consuming and long? Naturally, when processing large areas, where you need to set the same straightness of the surface or the desired radius of curvature. A few hours back and forth to carry a bar with a stretched piece of sandpaper? Never! Today we will talk about those families of grinding machines, which will help out with the independent production of furniture made of wood, and when repairing the house, and when filling the body with its own “swallow” in the garage. There are many ways to apply a good grinding machine - as always, it’s worth getting into the hands of a convenient and productive tool, as there are more and more new tasks for it.

Ranking of the best grinders 2019

CategoryA placeNameRatingPrice
The best eccentric grinders1DeWALT D264109.9 / 1016 063
2BOSCH GEX 125-150 AVE9.8 / 1018 320
3Makita BO5041K9.3 / 108 440
4Metabo SXE 425 TurboTec9.1 / 1011 328
5DeWALT DWE64238.9 / 105 700
Top Vibration Grinders1BOSCH GSS 230 AE9.8 / 1015 273
2Makita 90469.6 / 1016 140
3AEG FS 2809.4 / 108 067
4Metabo SRE 31859.1 / 106 716
5DeWALT DWE64118.9 / 105 385
Best belt sanders1DeWALT DWP352VS9.7 / 1019 280
2Makita 94049.5 / 1016 574
3Makita 94039.4 / 1017 455
4BOSCH PBS 75 AE9.1 / 109 318
5BLACK + DECKER KA888.8 / 104 819

The best eccentric grinders

DeWALT D26410
16 063
Almost the most expensive grinding machine of this type in our ranking turned out to be the most productive. Judge for yourself: having fixed a 150-millimeter circle on it for rough work, you can switch the machine to the oscillation amplitude as much as 6 millimeters! At the same time, due to its weight, it will not begin to try to break free of hands to the beat of the vibrations of the circle, and the 400-watt engine will provide enough time to operate with coarse sandpaper. Well, going to the finishing surface treatment, simply switch the DeWALT to 3-mm oscillation amplitude.

The range of adjustment of the frequency of oscillation and rotation is wide, the machine can work even with concrete, even with plastic, without risking overheating the latter: from 8,000 to 20,000 vibrations per minute, from 4,000 to 10,000 rpm. Well, roll up your sleeves and ... and what about us with dust removal and dust protection? And also everything is fine: even without a vacuum cleaner, the machine actively fills the removable filter bag, preventing dust from scattering around. Bearings and controls have sufficient sealing, you should not be afraid of clogging with dust.

But, according to our tradition, we must find a fly in the ointment. Perhaps it will be a mechanism for changing the course of the sole. Guess how to do this without instructions? But like this: press the eccentric locking button next to the sole, then turn the sole counterclockwise until “sensible fixation of the eccentric in a fixed position” (direct quotation from the manual), and after that still roll the platform half a turn “until sensible fixation in the right position. " Gentlemen, you did not say that the Russians do not read the operating instructions?

Main advantages:
  • Performance
  • Moderate vibrations
  • Good ergonomics
  • Coarse and finishing mode
Minuses:
  • Unintelligible oscillation amplitude switching
  • Hard outsole
9.9 / 10
Rating
Reviews
The best grinding machine I worked. Fast, comfortable, with good power. For two years of constant use no problems.
BOSCH GEX 125-150 AVE
18 320
And here is the record for the price (not surprising for the blue "Bosch"), which, mind you, we have chosen in the most affordable configuration. But here “DeWalt”, this machine is still yielded by the actual performance, and, accordingly, by the integral indicator “how much we get / how much we pay”. Although, in terms of ergonomics, Bosch will probably like it more due to the softness of vibroprotective linings and more streamlined shapes, it does not have the opportunity to adjust the amplitude of the platform oscillations. And the proposed 4 millimeters for finishing work will even be a bit too much, while with rough grinding DeWALT will definitely be ahead.

The machine is also not easy, and this, as we have said, is only a plus when working on large horizontal areas - the pressure must be applied minimally, hands get less tired. A 400-watt motor with a speed control system provides 5500 to 12000 rpm on a plate. But, unlike the rating leader, the typewriter has two plates, which is understandable by labeling - one for 125 mm, the second for 150. For versatility, add “Bosch” pluses to karma.

In general, Bosch becomes our definite favorite in terms of usability, and this sander is definitely one of the best in our stores in terms of its effectiveness in dealing with vibrations.

Main advantages:
  • Excellent vibration protection
  • Comfortable grip
  • Two platforms included
Minuses:
  • The high price even in the configuration without a case
9.8 / 10
Rating
Reviews
You can safely work for a long time, your hands do not get tired at all. In the choice of never disappointed.
Makita BO5041K
8 440
In comparison with the leaders of the rating, of course, Makita eccentric grinder does not look so impressive - no matter how cool you are, but the motor is weaker (300 W), the course of the platform is 3 mm, and only one is bundled with it - 125 mm. But at the expense of lightness Makita will be much more convenient where you need to work on weight: almost two times easier than Bosch or DeWALT! Well, if you remember about the ceiling work, when you have to keep the machine right above your head ...

Ergonomics - traditional, without any flaws. Vibration protection, though not at the level of top professional tools, but sufficient for long-term work. Wheel speed adjustment - next to the handle, it is quite possible to use it with your thumb, without changing the grip. The side grip is mounted on a rotating ring and can be easily moved. And finally, a great case is included - also an important thing.

Now about the unpleasant. We will not advise you to work without a vacuum cleaner - a lot of dust goes past the filter. Fastening the platform, it happens, spins from vibration - pay attention to this moment before switching on, so as not to spoil the treated surface. But in general, nevertheless, the grinding machine’s impressions are good, especially considering the price of half of the same “Bosch”.

Main advantages:
  • Low vibrations
  • Convenience grip
Minuses:
  • Not the best dust removal without a vacuum cleaner
9.3 / 10
Rating
Reviews
For your money, an excellent grinding machine. It is a pleasure to work with walls and ceilings.
Metabo SXE 425 TurboTec
11 328
To tear - so all the money! That’s what the Metabo designers thought, combining a 320-watt engine with an eccentric, providing a five-millimeter amplitude of oscillation in one case. True, the engine will immediately want a more powerful one, and when finishing work, perhaps, “Makita” with a smaller stroke will become a better choice.

The control electronics is interesting here - for example, the TurboBoost function at elevated loads from somewhere gets an engine power reserve. Or rather, he is simply “choked” the rest of the time. To activate it, you need to press the button at the base of the handle with your thumb where the speed control is often installed. Here this regulator was brought to the "head" of the grinder. And when you press the "Turbo buttons," the regulator is expectedly turned off.

What should be noted in order of regret is the significantly reduced build quality in recent times. For example, the handle here from vibration can be unwound - although the vibration is, in principle, small! What is worse, on some machines, although rarely, but the failures of the speed regulator due to a penny savings on the thickness of the wires, if you use a grinder for a long time and under heavy load, are marked. Therefore, alas, we cannot attribute this model to the professional segment - and in fact its price is not the lowest for amateur use. On the other hand, a three-year warranty with frequent use will definitely have time to give the possible flaws in the particular machine purchased.

Main advantages:
  • Good for draft work.
  • Ergonomics
Minuses:
  • Some problems with quality, it is worth buying a machine in the "live" stores in your city, and not through the Internet.
9.1 / 10
Rating
Reviews
Normal, moderately weighty machine. It works great on large planes, I like it.
DeWALT DWE6423
5 700
Starting the ranking of the best eccentric grinding machines with DeWALT, we’ll finish it. No, this does not mean that the DWE6423 is inconvenient or unreliable: it is simply already a tool for the amateur segment, and by its standards it could have reached the top.

The engine power here is 280 W, the amplitude of oscillation is 2.4 mm. The machine is compact and lightweight, which will allow it to be successfully used in fine finishing work. Adjustment of revolutions is provided (although the wheel was installed in a somewhat strange place from the ergonomic point of view) and their electronic stabilization. The only pity is that you have to hold it by the “head” - there is no side handle.

Regular dust removal works quite well, although, of course, it is still worth connecting a vacuum cleaner. However, do not forget that this machine is not very suitable for professional practice: brushes are quickly worn out, and the platform drive itself is worn out. In the home workshop, it will last a long time and will deliver only positive impressions.

Main advantages:
  • Low vibrations
  • Rubberized grip points
  • Stabilization of turns
Minuses:
  • No side handle
8.9 / 10
Rating
Reviews
I consider the purchase successful. I have a hobby - making furniture, to work in your pleasure on the weekend this machine gives no problems.

Top Vibration Grinders

BOSCH GSS 230 AE
15 273
The 300-watt surface grinder boasts not only a professional series but also a place of manufacture. Guangdong? Shenzhen? Insult, Switzerland. This, of course, goes to unambiguous advantages.

The machine is equipped with a platform of 92x182 mm, which allows the sheets to be fixed with velcro or on clips. The oscillation frequency is up to 22,000 with an amplitude of 2.4 mm. An excellent indicator for effective work, as it should be a professional tool.

Vibration protection also pleases - in the hands of Bosch does not “itch”, although the rear handle is not rubberized. Its grip is convenient for both left-handers and right-handers, which the manufacturer emphasizes. So what should we write down the cons? Unless the poor complete set in “boxed” version, the second platform - “iron” for narrow places would not prevent.

Main advantages:
  • Good performance
  • Moderate vibrations
  • Additional front handle
Minuses:
  • Minimum grade
9.8 / 10
Rating
Reviews
I have been working for her for a long time, there are no problems. Everything suits both in terms of efficiency and reliability.
Makita 9046
16 140
The box in which this vibrating sander is packaged lacks the “Malevich Edition” inscription. Indeed, it is all imbued with the spirit of cubism - everything that can be done is made rectangular-square. However, in practice, fears in bad ergonomics are not justified: in the hands of the “Makit” it sits well, and the power of 600 W with a 5-mm platform course also makes it a leader in efficiency with rough surface treatment. For fine work and especially grinding in “narrow” places, the Makita grinder is no longer so well suited, and therefore is inferior in the rating to the more versatile Bosch.

The dimensions of the platform are 115x280 mm, the mount is double, and with velcro, and clamps. For such a weighty and powerful machine the most suitable size. The platform itself is cast from an aluminum alloy, and we will advise to handle it carefully, it does not digest falls from a height, but is expensive.

Unfortunately, despite the good work of the dust removal system with a regular bag, it clogs up quickly and is not very convenient to clean. This miscalculation will force you to spend extra time when working without a vacuum cleaner.

Main advantages:
  • Excellent performance
  • Quite comfortable grip
Minuses:
  • The machine is hardly universal
9.6 / 10
Rating
Reviews
Of those with whom he worked - the most powerful grinder. Copes with any material and with any grain of skin.
AEG FS 280
8 067
The AEG FS 280 grinder falls approximately between the amateur and professional segment: it is reliable enough for continuous operation by itself, only the platform and clamps on it require attention, and at the same time the price is already quite high for the home craftsman who needs to work with extensive planes. And this model, equipped with a 440-watt motor and a platform of 114x226 mm, is really well suited for this use.

In terms of size and weight, it is close to the "Makita", but because of the lower power and performance is more modest: the course of the platform is exactly two times less, although the oscillation frequency is as much higher. Hence, an increased level of vibration in comparison, therefore, unlike the “Makita”, a soft pad was installed on the rear handle.

The platform does not have velcro - we will not call it a serious disadvantage, because sandpaper is a velcro, although it is more convenient to fasten and fit better, it is more expensive. The problem is only in the inevitable wear of the clips.

Main advantages:
  • Good performance
  • Vibration lining
Minuses:
  • Fastening on clamps only, wearing out over time.
9.4 / 10
Rating
Reviews
A good grinding machine for home, as bought and use so far.
Metabo SRE 3185
6 716
A compact and lightweight grinder with a platform of 92x184 mm, equipped with a 200 W electric motor, is well suited for roughing and finishing work in small areas. The oscillation frequency reaches 22 thousand with an amplitude of 2 mm. In her hands, she sits well - unlike many compact machines, there is a full-fledged rear handle, which is equipped with a rubber pad.

Fastening sheets on the platform is possible with velcro and clamps. Dusting is not bad, but it seems to be spoiled by a regular filter bag: better connect the vacuum cleaner.

Main advantages:
  • Convenience
  • Anti-vibration pads
Minuses:
  • Low power
9.1 / 10
Rating
Reviews
Convenient grinder, and the price is quite lifting. You can work on wood for a long time, hands do not get tired.
DeWALT DWE6411
5 385
The platform of the compact “DeWalt” is closer to the square than the other participants in the ranking of the best grinding machines - 140x115 mm. Its frequency of oscillation is average - 14 thousand maximum, and the amplitude is small (1.6 mm). But the 230-watt engine is not overloaded during any work. Mounts at the platform allow you to use cheap sandpaper on the clips, and attach the paper to the adhesive tape. A nice bonus is the presence of a plate in the kit for self-perforation in cut sheets.

By itself, the grinder is simple - there is no rear handle, no adjustment of revolutions. But for “DeWalt” it is quite budget. And, unlike the inexpensive Stanley (not surprisingly, the owner of both brands is the only one), DeWALT is more convenient, more reliable and, most importantly, it has a normal round exit to the dust collector instead of a narrow oval, which does not hurt to connect the vacuum cleaner.

Main advantages:
  • Convenience of working with small parts
  • Normal vibration and noise levels
Minuses:
  • Relatively small performance
8.9 / 10
Rating
Reviews
We have worked in the workshop for a long time, there are no problems with it. The grip for my hand is normal.

Best belt sanders

DeWALT DWP352VS
19 280
The DeWALT grinder uses a running size of 533x75 mm tapes, and thanks to the kilowatt motor, you can not worry that a coarse sandpaper will overload the machine.So you can grind "for all the money," the benefit is that the bag for collecting dust here is a decent amount.

On the other hand, the design chosen by the manufacturer does not allow to put the machine upside down. This method is sometimes used to sand small parts on a running belt - here you have to work with the weight on the weight, which is less convenient. Especially if you remember that the DeWalt weighs 5.5 kg.

The speed of the tape is adjustable, the maximum - 440 m / min. The machine is great for large amounts of work on horizontal surfaces, I would like to add perhaps a soft lining on the handle.

Main advantages:
  • High performance
  • Good dust collector
Minuses:
  • Inconveniently protruding bag
  • No rubber lining
9.7 / 10
Rating
Reviews
Powerful grinder, and most importantly - the tape under it in any store, choose to taste.
Makita 9404
16 574

The Makita and DeWALT grinders go head-to-head, and Makita, thanks to the greater width of the belt, can even win in performance by the power and maximum speed of the belt.

A good moment in the design is a system for stabilizing the position of the tape. The machine can and overturn, it lies in this position, it is stable. For durability and reliability of the "Makita" we have no complaints. With the exception of, alas, one moment - the graphite base is ground off, from the point of view of the owners, a bit too fast for a professional tool.

Main advantages:
  • Performance
  • Ribbon position stabilization
Minuses:
  • Tape size
  • Wear soles (even though it consumables)
  • Backlash of bag
9.5 / 10
Rating
Reviews
Hard for me, but it works quickly. Can be used as a sharpening machine if turned over.
Makita 9403
17 455

Severe male tool, anyway. Tape 610x100, which the 1200-watt motor constantly pulls at a speed of 500 m / min (there is no regulator!) And the weight of 5.7 kg will require a strong hand and good skill. Low noise and moderate vibrations will also be attributed to pluses, but nevertheless we will ask the manufacturer - what prevented us from supplying the speed controller here?

So, if anyone chooses this grinding machine, then this is a professional who has to work a lot with horizontal surfaces of a large area - for example, when peeling floors from old varnish. In skillful hands, the machine will cope with similar tasks "for five", but in inept ...

And again, as in the previous case, let us point out the weakness of the soles: it is worth overheating them (and it’s not difficult on such a powerful and heavy machine) graphite begins to crumble. Be careful!

Main advantages:
  • High performance
  • Simplicity of design and reliability
Minuses:
  • No regulator
  • Weak soles
9.4 / 10
Rating
Reviews
For large volumes of work, the best option is that a smaller grinder will take you much longer.
BOSCH PBS 75 AE
9 318
We turn to the amateur segment of belt grinding machines with the green “Bosch”. He, alas, in our time has become a little expensive, but holds the honor of the brand. Without suffering from annoying design flaws (except that the seam of the dust collector sometimes diverges when carelessly cleaned), the machine is comfortable, productive and collects dust well, not letting it fly around. We note in particular the successful tape centering mechanism and the presence of special sockets on the top flat cover, which allow the machine to be fastened up with a tape on the workbench.

The engine's power is 750 W, so Bosch works quietly with a 533x75 mm tape, ensuring stability of speed even on large grains. Maximum speed - 350 meters per minute. And her weight is quite acceptable - 3.5 kg, so that when working on your head or vertically, the machine will not tire your hands so quickly.

Main advantages:
  • Comfortable grip
  • Mounted to the workbench
Minuses:
  • Side dust collector is small in size and sometimes interferes
9.1 / 10
Rating
Reviews
High-quality belt grinder respected brand. Made firmly, as bought, so inside and did not climb.
BLACK + DECKER KA88
4 819
The budget grinding machine in our rating has become the weakest in performance: the 720-watt motor provides a belt speed of no more than 250 m / min. But in the design it is impossible not to note a few very good moments. First of all, this is a small diameter protruding roller - by lifting the protective cover, you can be selected in hard-to-reach places that other members of the rating are not able to. The rear drive roller, on the contrary, is enlarged in diameter to avoid slipping. Front handle can be adjusted by yourself. And, finally, well-designed dust removal.

However, such a “tractor” arrangement with the main mass shifted back will require some time to get used to the features of the machine - the back of the working section of the belt is pressed against the plane to be processed more strongly. Also note that the possibility of mounting in an inverted position is not provided, and in fact in belt sanders is one of the most convenient "chips."

Main advantages:
  • Convenience of work in "narrow" places
  • Comfortable noise and vibration
  • Good dust removal
Minuses:
  • Short and hard standard cord
  • No speed control
8.8 / 10
Rating
Reviews
It is very convenient to be selected in such a gap, where previously had to work manually. Because of this, and bought, in fact.

What kind of grinding machine is better to choose?

Let's start with the classification - each variety has its pros and cons, its own specialization. If you need to process large area planes at high speed, and at the same time does not also place the possibility to undercut the same drill or chisel - select belt sander, which, if desired, can be used as a grinding machine. But note that not all models have the possibility of mounting on the side or upwards with a tape! In addition, high performance, ensured by quickly running around the circle tape, and will require "straightforward" - passing or perederzhav machine in place, it is easy to "dig" the roughness in an almost perfect plane. Another couple of minuses is the complexity of the design, the presence of a belt drive and the need to buy ready-made tapes of the required size.

Vibrating typewriter have a rectangular or “iron-shaped” (for working in the corners) sole, which fluctuates rapidly back and forth with a certain amplitude. Such machines are simple in design (amateur can be bought cheaply, without particularly risking reliability) and are not bad in terms of performance. For them, you can easily self-cut sandpaper from a sheet, especially if the manufacturer has added a kit to perforate holes in the sheets. Even a beginner will master such a machine quickly. But, if you do not plan to work with a tree, it is better to look aside eccentric (orbital) machines - they are, of course, more difficult, and you will have to buy velcro circles, but it is easier to ensure the cleanliness of the surface with an “orbit” (the circle does not “crawl” back and forth, but also turns when grinding), it is more convenient to work on bends. It is not for nothing that you see such machines in any car service station: here you have to constantly output curved surfaces to “zero”. But for a tree that needs to be sanded along the fibers, an eccentric machine is not suitable precisely because of the principle of work, in the hands of joiners there is only a vibration "surface grinder".

In addition to the power, convenience and vibration levels that need to be paid when choosing any power tool, be sure to have good dust protection of the main components of the machine and especially in the efficiency of dust removal: it is not always possible to connect a vacuum cleaner, and it is just dangerous to use some models of grinders without a respirator they throw a lot of dust in the work area into the air.

Have a good shopping!

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