The Makita GS5000 5″ Straight Grinder features a 7 amp motor that delivers 5600 RPM of grinding power. Making life a little more pleasant are convenience features such as tool free guard removal to make wheel changes less problematic and externally accessible brushes to make servicing them easier. Making power transfer more efficient are spiral bevel gears designed for smoother rotation.
Where the Makita GS5000 really shines is in the design features for defense of dust and debris. The labyrinth construction is a series of channels engineered to capture dust and debris and keep it from reaching the main bearing and gear box. A zig-zag application pattern of the varnish results in the ability to dissipate heat while forming a sold barrier under rotation so that debris can’t attach. Additionally, the drive bearing is protected by a spring loaded metal seal preventing dust and debris from entering.
Makita GS5000 Specification Summary
- Wheel Diameter: 5 inches
- No Load Speed: 5600 RPM
- Spindle Thread: 5/8″ x 24 UNC
- Amps: 7
- Lock on: no
- Lock off: yes
- Length: 23-1/4″
- Weight: 11.1 pounds
- Warranty: 1 year limited
Included with the Makita GS5000 straight grinder are a hex wrench, wrench holder, lock nut, and flange. While the Makita GS5000 falls short of its competition based on listed performance, its defense against dust and debris should ensure a long lifespan. DIY guys/gals, weekend warriors, and contractors that need a straight grinder for occasional use should find it more than adequate for their needs. Online prices are around $320 and it is available here through Amazon with free shipping.