So you finally did it. You went out and got yourself a new angle grinder. And now you are looking for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about how-to use this versatile little power tool.
Today you are in luck because that is exactly what this article is all about.
How-to set up and use an angle grinder.
Take time now to watch this video as I compare two of the most popular 4 1/2″ angle grinder brands. Be sure to pay close attention as I cover all the basic details involved is setting up your new angle grinder. Then, continue to read more.
Watch How-to Use an Angle Grinder Part 1 by Mitchell Dillman
It should come as no big surprise that the 4 1/2″ angle grinder is one of the most versatile hand tools you will ever find in just about any handy do-it-yourselfer’s work shop or tool box. And yes, when it comes to ways you can use your new angle grinder, the list is long.
The angle grinder, also known as a side grinder or disc grinder, is a handheld power tool used for cutting, grinding and polishing. Not only are angle grinders used in all forms of construction and destruction, they are also very popular with all kinds of Do-it-Yourselfer’s and ‘week-end warriors’ who want to save money by completing their own home improvements and crafting projects.
While Angle grinders can be powered by compressed air, this article focuses primarily on the more common, household electric models. These handy little tools are nothing more than an electric motor driving a geared head at a right-angle on which is mounted an abrasive disc or a thinner cut-off disc, sanding pad or wire wheel, all of which can be replaced when worn.
What to Look For in an Angle Grinder
Not unlike any other tool, what size and type of angle grinder you get should be determined by what and how much you intend on using your new tool. If you are a full-time iron or construction worker you will obviously require a more robust angle grinder than the average Do-it-Yourselfer.
All angle grinders typically have an adjustable guard and an adjustable side-handle for safe two-handed operation. Many angle grinders, depending on their speed range, can be used as sanders , employing a sanding disc with a backing pad or disc.
Some of the more common uses of the angle grinder include:
- Cutting, Grinding and Polishing Metal
- Cutting, Carving and Sanding Wood
- Cutting, Grinding and Polishing Concrete, Stone or Tile
- Cutting and Buffing Plexiglass and Plastics
- Carving Ice
- Cleaning and removing Scale, Rust or Paint
Where the Grinding Pad Meets the Metal
Now, when it comes time to put your new angle grinder to work, the first thing you need to ask yourself is what you will be cutting, grinding, sanding, carving, or polishing.There are many different types of cutting, grinding, sanding, and polishing wheels made for your angle grinder. Knowing which one to use is the key.
Here is a list of several of the more popular discs and wheels designed for use with your angle grinder:
- Abrasive Grinding Discs, Wheels and Pads for Metal
- Metal Cut-off wheels
- Metal Polishing Discs and Pads
- Concrete and Tile Cutting and Grinding Wheels
- Woodworking Sanding Discs and Pads
- Wood Carving Discs
- Wire Wheels
As with all power tools, before you ever plug in and pull the trigger, take time first to fully read, understand and implement all safety procedures and warnings. Never use a tool for anything other than its’ intended use, or at least don’t blame me or the manufacturer when you get hurt doing so.
Here is a short list of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that I highly recommend you use when working with your new angle grinder:
- Eye Goggles or Full-face Shield
- Hearing Protection
- Work/Safety Gloves
- Dust Mask or Respirator
- Long Sleeves and Pants
- Work Boots or Closed toe shoes
Time to let the sparks, or dust, fly…
So you have taken time to read and understand the users guide and safety instructions that came with your new angle grinder. You have established and know what you want to cut, grind, sand, carve, shape or polish. You have taken time to select, locate and install the correct wheel, disc or pad for the job.
Now it is time to go to work. So don’t let me get in the way of progress. Grab a hold of that angle grinder and get busy!
P.S. If you have any questions or comments I’d love to hear from you…And Remember, when you are in the market for a new angle grinder, you can now view, select and purchase yours here: http://logfurniturehowto.com/tool-box/power-tools/angle-grinder/
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