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I have a 4.5″ Milwaukee grinder (I’m not arguing about who is better, just a related story) that I’ve used for many years. Then Hurricane Sandy struck and my house went 6-7′ under water. My grinder and Sawzall survived being submerged in saltwater for a day and sitting in a bucket for almost a year until I was able to dig them out of storage. After working the wheel back and forth until it could turn 360 degrees, I tuned it on. A bit of a squeal, but then it worked like brand new for the past 2 years. I still use them daily.
Good tools are worth the money. I guess I didn’t hold Makita in such company, but I’ve been taking enough flak to make me think twice about that stance. Milwaukee is my brand for power tools right now because of my experiences.