DeWalt DWE4011 4-1/2″ Small Angle Grinder Preview

DeWalt has launched a bunch of new tools this year, but I don’t recall their angle grinders getting any attention in some time. Now, a new 4-1/2″ Small Angle Grinder has been deployed whose claim to fame (newest feature) is a One-Touch Guard that allows the user to simply turn the guard by hand to adjust its position into any of eight durable detents. There is no button to push and the process is completely tool-less. DeWalt observed a need for users to continually move the guard depending on the application, while in manufacturing shops and on jobsites. We’d have to agree, and this feature seems to address a pretty common problem, while at the same time encouraging the use of the guard in more applications. In addition to easy adjustability, the guard also pops on and off with a quick press of the release button.

DeWalt DWE4011 4-1/2" Small Angle Grinder Preview

The new 4-1/2″ Small Angle Grinder seems ideal for mechanical contractors, concrete repair contractors and fabricators who need to perform a variety of applications in tight spaces such as grinding and beveling steel, grinding welds, cutting pipe and steel plate and concrete surface prep.

Editor’s Note: See our coverage of the new DeWalt 2015 Media Event.

DeWalt DWE4011 Features

The new grinder uses a 7 amp 12,000 RPM motor which runs at low temperatures to help keep the grinder cool during extended use applications. The body is nice and slim and looks easy to grip as well as small enough to maneuver into tight quarters.

DeWalt DWE4011 4-1:2 in Small Angle Grinder

Whether or not more people will keep the guard on during casual use remains to be seen, but in the commercial world, guards are a necessary safety feature and having something that’s easily adjustable seems like a very convenient feature that will save time and energy. The two-position, side-handle can switch for both right- and left-handed users and the 5/8″-11 spindle thread accepts a wide range of 4-1/2″ accessories.

The DWE4011 4-1/2″ Angle Grinder is expected to retail for $59 and includes DeWalt’s 3-year limited warranty, one-year free service contract and 90-day money-back guarantee.

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