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  1. Cbuk2k2
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    I've been looking at wall chasers, I really can't work out why they are so expensive. They seem to be a £70 angle grinder with a dust extraction shroud. Am I missing something?
     
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  3. Vortigern
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    Consider the time saved and your extra comptetiveness then they are worth their cost.
     
  4. Simlec
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    It's because they don't sell many in comparison to normal grinders, it's a bit more specialized.
     
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  5. LankyWill
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    Stick to the grinder! get Dierdrie to whack the hoover around when your finished.
     
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  6. Cbuk2k2
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    I mainly do industrial control work but thought one would be handy for re-wiring a house we have bought but was quite surprised at the cost. I do love a gadget but not sure I'd fork out £500 for something that's a bit of a 1 trick pony. I've learned the hard way that buying cheap tools always seems to end up in frustration and costs more in the long run.
     
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  7. LankyWill
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    if its just one job use a chisel in an sds, or maybe rent one for the weekend?
     
  8. Cbuk2k2
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    Has anyone used the Sparky branded ones? They seem a fair bit cheaper. It's for a full house, rental seems prohibitive too. Like all tools you normally wonder how you managed without once youve got one.
     
  9. Murdoch
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    You get what you pay for...................... electric tools to help you work less and faster ............. or manual tools and drive yourself into an early grave?
     
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  10. Cbuk2k2
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    Fair point Murdoch, I'm just a little surprised something which is 90% the same as a £70 grinder costs 6 times as much. Lack of competition I guess.
     
  11. Gavin John Hyde
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    i have the titan one from screwfix. only bought it for a job not expecting it to last and in all honesty its just as good if not the equal of the premium tool brands. if it lasts then great but its made its money back and im quite happy with it
     
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  13. sam400
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    I've got a Bosch 4.5" grinder with the extract guard pretty much dust free chasing for about £70. Also the single blade gives you much better control.
    I fit 5" erbauer disc in it to give 30mm cutting depth.
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  14. Cbuk2k2
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    That's a good suggestion Sam, thanks.
     
  15. Darren@cseme
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    I have a makita one, used twice so if interested to buy it at a good price message me
     
  16. Phil Thompson
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    I've the Metabo one, have used the Titan, found it heavy and cumbersome to work with in comparison.

    Metabo or Makita used to be the 2 options I recall in my early days, Aeg made a really good one, more powerful motor too. No longer produced.

    The time saved, neater tracks for patching in, the vast reduction in cleaning up afterwards makes them worth it imo.
     
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    Double post
     
  18. sparkdog
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    Got the Erbauer one from screwfix, seems good to me.
     
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    By hand with plenty of guts behind it.:)
     
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    £15 is not expensive
     
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    JK-Electrical Politically Incorrect Electrician's Arms

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    I use a Makita SG1250 in conjunction with a Makita VC2512L vacuum and am well-pleased with the performance of both machines over the years. Expensive, but top-notch, powerful, reliable pieces of kit. Worth every penny.
     
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    Be very cautious with the cheaper wall chasers look into the width of the cut and its only 30 mm great for smaller cable capping but no good for the wider capping when chasing a few cables in.
    Standard 4 1/2 grinder and extractor does just as good and its a lot lighter.
     
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  23. Phil Thompson
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    Just run another track beside it. Pretty simple really.
     
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    Yep that is pretty simple but my point is a wall chaser is used to save time and one that cuts a 30mm wide chase will then have to be run up again to widen the chase so why not just use the 4 1/2" grinder. The only wall chasers to be considered are the ones that are capable of cutting a 40mm wide chase and are the more expensive versions and will save time.
     
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  25. TomSparkman
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    Buy cheap buy twice, go the whole hog and buy a hilti chaser and extractor :D
     
  26. Phil Thompson
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    Cos then you’ll have to do Double the tracks than if you’ve a twin bladed chaser.
     
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