When it comes to grinders, I am only a fan of two power tool manufacturers on the market, Metabo, and Bosch. Now I am not saying other manufacturers don’t have great grinders, but Metabo and Bosch are the top players for durability and reliability. Today we are going to go over a new addition to their cordless grinder line up, the Bosch GWS18V-45PSCB14 (Wow that is a long model number). So let’s jump into the Bosch 18V Cordless Grinder Review and see if this stays true to their top-notch grinders.
Bosch 18V Cordless Grinder Review Overview
Grinders come in two types, strong and weak. If you have used a cordless grinder in the past you know what I mean. There are some grinders on the market that will cut through metal but as soon as you start grinding, the auto-protect feature kicks in and stops anytime you put a little pressure on the grinder. For me, those are the ones I want to stay away from and if you are looking into a grinder to perform some serious grinding, make sure you get one designed for that applications.
Bosch 18V Cordless Grinder Review Features
The Bosch grinder comes with the grinder (GWS18V-45PSCB14, an 18V Core Battery, a charger and side handle. The 4-1/2″ grinder uses a brushless motor that features anti-kickback control, drop control (Shuts off the grinder if you drop it on the ground), and restart protection (protects the tool from starting up when inserting a battery. The grinder also features a soft start so you don’t have to deal with the torque in your wrist.
On top of the grinder there is a rubber grip for comfort and to provide better grip during use. The front of the handle is a little wider while it tapers off towards the back.
The grinder uses a paddle switch as opposed to an on/off switch.
The tool is set up for Bluetooth connectivity which provides a variety of options for the user.
One feature that we haven’t seen on a grinder is the feedback interface. The interface will let you know your battery level, speed indicator and if the tool is running hot and needs to shut down.
As with other grinders, this has a two-position side handle.
On the top of the tool, there is a spindle lock for when a user changes discs.
The guard can be positioned without having to use a tool. Just press in the spring-loaded button and move the guard to your desired position.
The air intake area is protected by a removable screen and cleanable screen.
Bosch 18V Cordless Grinder Review Performance
Earlier I talked about strong and weak grinders. This Bosch surely fits into the strong category. We cut through some rebar and did some grinding. Each time the grinder performed and didn’t shut down like we have with other cordless grinders.
While we felt a little more feedback than we wanted, I will take that since it has the ability to perform serious work. The top information panel is helpful to let you know exactly what is happening with the tool and a nice added feature.
Bosch 18V Cordless Grinder Review Value
You can pick this grinder up for about $300 on Amazon which includes two 18V Core batteries. For me, I think this is a fair price considering the tool, the batteries and the amount of work you can do before it shuts down.
Bosch 18V Cordless Grinder Review Final Thoughts
Again I am a fan of Bosch grinders and think this is a welcome addition to their lineup. With the Core batteries, this has great runtime compared to some of its competitors. While there are definitely vibrations in the handle, it’s nothing crazier than other grinders we have seen on the market. I am a fan of this grinder. If someone is looking for a reliable and tough grinder they should definitely consider this one from Bosch.