Angle grinders are tools that can be used for a variety of purposes. If you have never used one before though, you might feel a little bit intimidated about getting started. The folk at Devour Tools say that the best way to conquer any fears you might have is to get to know the parts of the tool before getting started. You need to know what each part does and how to securely fit a diamond 4.5 blade or whatever size your machine takes before you even think about using it.
Read the Instruction Manual
As with any tool, it is always recommended that you fully read the manufacturer’s user manual before using it. Take the tool out of the box and check that all the components are as they should be. Your manual will probably see a diagram explaining where each of the parts are. Look at the tool to make sure you can correctly identify the parts as per the diagram. The manual will tell you how the tool should be operated and the correct discs that can be used with it (depending on what you are using it for).
What Can You Use an Angle Grinder For?
You may already know that you can use an angle grinder to cut through metal and other materials such as tile, but did you know that it can also be used to remove rust, sand, or even polish? With so many different discs available, you can use an angle grinder for a variety of purposes.
With a wire disc, your angle grinder will quicky and effectively remove rust and even dried paint from a surface. A grinding disc can be used to sharpen the edges of different cutting tools, such as an axe, or the blades on a lawn mower. You could even use it to sharpen the edge of a shovel. Moreover, with a diamond disc, it is possible to use an angle grinder to remove dried-on mortar without damaging any brickwork.
Safely Using an Angle Grinder
As mentioned, it is important to refer to the user manual to familiarize yourself with operating the specific angle grinder. However, one thing that is common for all machines is the need to hold it firmly when you switch it on. The angle grinder should be held with both hands when being used to ensure safety for you and those around you.
With any cutting tool safety is paramount, and it is no different with an angle grinder. Incorrect use can cause serious injury, so it is important that you always wear protective equipment, including gloves, goggles or face mask, and steel-capped shoes.
Before starting, make sure that all nuts, screws, and other parts are secured firmly and that there are no cracked or broken parts. This is something you should do before every use. The disc should be mounted correctly and tightened appropriately, and always make sure you are using the specified disc size.
When operating the angle grinder, make sure to angle it so that sparks are flying away from your body and clothing. Be sure that other people and pets are away from the area, too.
An angle grinder is a versatile tool used for a variety of purposes that include sanding, cutting, grinding, and polishing. To ensure safety when using this tool, you should familiarize yourself with it before starting by referring to the user manual and making sure that all parts are securely fitted. Furthermore, wearing appropriate protective equipment and keeping a firm hold on the tool when using it will protect you and others from injury.