Summary: Worked fine for 1 year and 3 months. Ran smoothly and quietly for a while. I had a cheap 4.5" grinder bought 30 years ago that still runs. I needed the variable speed though and bought this thinking a Makita would last a similar 30+ years. Now after 15months it has a burned out armature and is junk.
The Makita Varialable Sped is a strong little grinder. ...
Brandon Hoffman, Amazon
27 July 2015
Summary: The Makita Varialable Sped is a strong little grinder. We have a granite fabrication company and this is our machine of choice for dry polishing stone. The bearing is strong. We work these machines to the point that the bearing gets very hot and they just keep going.
Makita 9557PBX1 (4.5", 7.5A, 10,000 RPM) - Great Grinder. Great Value. Great Case.
4 July 2015
Summary: I wanted to clear up the confusion as to what exactly is included. It comes with: (1) 9557PB angle grinder (1) Side Handle Grip (1) Type-27 guard (1) Type-1 guard (5) Makita Grinding Discs for steel/stainless (1) Makita Diamond Blade plus owner's manual and the case of course.
Summary: I've bought 4 or 5 0f this model in the last 20 years for my business. They feel like the big grinders, and will cut as well if you use the fast-cut wheels. The first thing I do when I buy it is throw away the guard. They have new dangers with the guard plus are not near as versatile.
Summary: This thing is HEAVY. I work on gokart frames and it holds up O.K. for the light work that I have to do with it, but I would definitely get something lighter if you plan on using a grinder for a majority of your work.
It worked great for about 5 minutes then began smoking and died
Richard Arata, Amazon
18 May 2015
Summary: I was really looking forward to adding this grinder to my tool set. I've always trusted Makita and expected it to live up to its name. It worked great for about 5 minutes then began smoking and died. Very disappointing.