I'm not a big fan of Skil power tools in general. They tend to be underpowered and lack durability. However, I do purchase them from time to time to fill a gap while I am waiting for my wife's approval to get what I really want. Purchased it for $39.99 from wally world (price matched Lowe's). Got it home and put it together (simple). Left the light off left side since I had read it limits access some. After a couple days I was only using the right side because I DID like the light so I put on the left. What I have used it for: Grinding: sharpening hand tools: shovels, hand edger, clippers, pruning shears, pick ax, ax, hatchet, wood chisels, knives, lawn mower blades, log splitter and wedges. 6" Kobalt wire brush (be nice if it were included, but for $40): primarily for rust and paint removal from above mentioned items. Within 2 hours I had sharpened everything in my garage (we have an armadillo problem in GA, so I like to be prepared). NOTHING bogged down the 2.1 amp motor which I had expected to happen. I had a rusty 10" forged steel log splitting wedge I had found. Used the wire brush to clean off the rust, no problem. Got curious and used it to grind the wedge down to about 1". Even when applying pressure I did NOT notice any slowing of the wheel. All use has been without being fastened down (as someone else noted, not very safe). This grinder runs QUIET, SMOOTH (none of the vibration I have read about on other models) and gets up to speed almost immediately. I am impressed. Very happy I decided to buy it, I mean a 10" forged steel wedge? I can't think of anything else I will use it for that is heavier duty than that. Maybe the acquisition of Skil by Bosch in 1996 improved Skil's quality. Anyway, I have had it for 2 weeks now and have yet to bog it down. Money I was saving up for GSM200 will go to something else for now and I plan to keep this until it breaks.
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