An angle grinder is a power tool that utilizes spinning disc attachments in order to cut, polish, deburr, and grind materials.
How does an angle grinder work?
An angle grinder works by spinning an abrasive disc at high RPMs. The spinning is created with the use of an electrical motor. Angle grinders can be corded or cordless, and will typically have a side handle and a guard. The type of disc attached to the angle grinder will determine what the angle grinder does.
Why use an angle grinder?
Angle grinders are versatile in what they can do, which means they can be used in a variety of DIY projects. If you have tools that need to be sharpened, an angle grinder can sharpen it. If you need to cut stone, an angle grinder will be able to do that. If you need to clean metal, an angle grinder can clean it. The versatility of an angle grinder makes it an excellent tool to own, and at a relatively inexpensive price.
What is the difference between a grinder and an angle grinder?
A grinder (often called a rotary tool) is usually smaller than an angle grinder, which makes it more ideal for smaller projects and for tighter spaces. Thicker materials cannot be cut with a regular grinder, so be wary of what projects you have to accomplish.
Another note is that the head of an angle grinder is at a 90-degree angle from the shaft of the tool, whereas a standard grinder does not have the head at an angle.
Are angle grinders dangerous?
Angle grinders are dangerous, and should not be misused or mishandled in any way. Angle grinders can have a kickback when cutting. If you are not careful, the angle grinder can jolt towards you unexpectedly, causing serious damage. Debris near a powered angle grinder can be dangerous as well, as the debris can fly towards your body at high speeds. Make sure to always wear the proper safety gear and follow all procedures.
Can an angle grinder cut wood?
You should not use an angle grinder to cut wood. Angle grinders were not advertised to cut wood, and will do a much poorer job than a power saw could. In addition, studies have been done showing the risks that are associated with cutting wood with an angle grinder.
How deep can angle grinder cut?
How deep an angle grinder can cut will depend on the size of the blade. The range of depth for standard blades will be about 2-4 inches deep.