Angle Grinders

Makita 9557PBX Angle Grinder Review


Makita is a handyman’s favorite! When you want power tools that can cut all types of metals like butter, the Makita 9557PBX1 fits the bill perfectly.

The grinder comes from the family of Makita, a brand that has been in business for more than a century. In this article, we will review 9557PBX1, and try to find out how it stands up to the standards set by the company.

The Makita 9557pbx1 Review

When you take a look at 9557PBX1, you instantly feel that Makita signature built which makes the company’s product stand out among the crowd. The sturdy exterior and ergonomic design of the grinder gives enough clues about its reliability.

The powerful 7.5 Amp motor boasts 10,000 rpm and features an amazing labyrinth construction which seals the motor and protects it from any kind of contamination. The motor works fine for heavy duty jobs, hence it is suitable for professional use at worksites.

The 9557PBX1 comes with an AC/DC switch located on the top of the motor, and there is a small circumference that offers a good grip for handling purpose. The side handle that comes in the package can be attached on either side of the tool as per user’s convenience.

This China made power tool comes in a compact aluminum box with zinc coated latches, which gives it a decent appearance however the aluminum material may rust in no time.

Makita 9557PBX 4-1/2-Inch Angle Grinder with...
  • 4-1/2-inch angle grinder with paddle switch and aluminum case seals motor and bearings from contamination
  • 7.5 Amp motor delivers a no-load speed of 10,000 RPM
  • Small circumference barrel grip for improved handling; spindle lock for easy wheel changes
  • Includes 4-1/2-inch grinding wheel, lock nut, lock nut wrench, side handle, inner flange, wheel guard, and aluminum case
  • 1-year limited warranty

The case is layered with rubberized foam to provided added protection and there are cut outs for tools section and individual cut outs for the discs. This offers good protection for the wheels.

The package comes with the following items: angle grinder, side handle grip, type-1 guard, type-27 guard, grinding discs for steel/stainless, Makita diamond blade and the instructions manual.

The grinding and cutting wheels do its job pretty well and they cut through even the toughest of metals within minutes. The wheels are a little jumpy and vibrate a lot, but you get a hang of it after some time.

The zig-zig varnish of the 9557PBX1 armature gives it a protective covering from dust and debris resulting from intense cutting or grinding. It also adds extra life to the tool.

When using the angle grinder at home or work site, make sure you always wear your protective gear for safety reasons.


  • Powerful 7.5 AMP motor that gives 10,000 rpm
  • The tool is electric powered source
  • It features a 5.8 x 15 x 10 inches dimension
  • The tool is compact and weighs only 4.5 lbs
  • There’s a small diameter barrel grip that offers added comfort
  • It features a labyrinth construction that seals motor and adds life to it
  • Convenient on/off lock feature for uninterrupted operation
  • AC/DC switch to be used conveniently with alternative power source
  • Extra large paddle switch allows convenient and comfortable operation
  • It comes with a one year manufacturer’s warranty


The motor has a lot of power which makes it good for home use as well as heavy duty use. There’s a comfortable on/off switch that allows you to work continuously without any hassles.

The angle grinder and the wheels come properly organized in an aluminum case which makes it easy to store tool and carry it with you wherever you go.

The additional blades make it easier for you to work on different types of jobs that require separate blade for cutting/ grinding different materials.

The grinding wheels are the smoothest you will find in the market and this makes the tool a great buy indeed.

The Makita 9557PBX1 is reasonably priced when compared with competitor products. It offers a good price to performance ratio.

The one-year manufacturer’s warranty gives you coverage in case any part gets damaged or turns out to be defective within that period. Thus, it offers good value for money!


Although the tool is powerful enough for heavy duty jobs, it starts to get heated after 10-15 minutes of continuous use and you need to let it cool before you can start working again.

The Makita 9557PBX1 feels heavy when you lift it and after sometime it feels really hard on the wrist. So, again the heaviness of the tool makes it difficult to use the product for a long time.

Final Verdict

Overall, this is a good product meant for both light use and heavy duty use.  Although it has a powerful motor and comes with several types of wheels, the tool cannot be used for longer hours of work as it tends to get heated quickly.

This makes the tool slightly unsuitable for professionals who need a grinder that can last for a longer time without caring to take rest. With so many wonderful features and a price that’s highly competitive, we really feel that the Makita 9557PBX1 should be in every handyman’s tool box.

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