New PC Grinder, now old PC Grinder
Yesterday I received a manufacturer-refurbished Porter Cable PC750AG grinder. Nothing super, just a standard 7.5a 4.5" grinder. This was replacing my Harbor Freight grinder that died after 1 year of very seldom use. I decided to try it out today while on my lunchbreak. I put on a wire wheel and started cleaning off some slightly tarnished metal.
About 2 minutes of use, and I smelled something. I thought it was probably just some rust getting kicked up. Then the motor slowed down, so I turned it off. Then, I saw the smoke. My new tool was on fire! :eek: I set it on the garage floor and watched it smolder for a minute before burning itself out - smelled horrible.
I've always had good luck with manufacturer refurbs before, this was the first one to ever fail on me. Luckily it failed pretty-much right out of the box and I still had all the paperwork. It has a 1-year warranty on it, and I already got an RMA to send it back. Unfortunately, they don't have a replacement in stock to send me, but they are expecting some at the end of the month.
I've had a bad run of luck in the last 8 days:
Don't know if youtube embedding is enabled, but here it is still smoldering a few minutes later.
Hmm...made in China, reconditioned in Mexico, sold by a company that feels no responsibility to it's customers or employees. Should have gone back to HF...at least they don't claim to be the best.
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