The angle grinder is a fantastic tool for grinding and cutting. It is also an expensive tool and one that is potentially dangerous. For newbies, it’s all about learning how to use it safely and in a way that doesn’t harm the tool.
All of us experienced with angle grinders had a first time, too. We all had to start somewhere. To help the newbies along, we have put together a collection of angle grinder tips. If you have never used an angle grinder before, be patient. Take things slowly and make a point of learning with every job. You will get the hang of it in no time.
1. Familiarize Yourself with the Tool
An angle grinder looks pretty straightforward at first glance. But dig a little deeper and you’ll discover there’s a lot more to it than what you first see. For example, grinders are rated for performance. Let’s say you’re planning a job that calls for a 10-amp grinder. Use 6-amp grinder instead and you are likely to damage the tool.
There are also different types of discs you can use with angle grinders. Here at Devour Tools, we sell diamond angle grinder blades. You can use your tool with a flat disc, sanding disc, a wire disc, etc.
2. Learn to Listen to the Tool
If you are using your angle grinder correctly and for an appropriate application, you should notice that it makes a clear and consistent sound. You should notice a consistent pitch and tone. You are doing something wrong if the sound isn’t consistent. Perhaps you need to work on your technique or your angle of attack. You may have to reconsider the disc you’re using.
3. Pay Attention to Disc Angle
A lot of angle grinder applications involve grinding down a flat surface rather than cutting. In such a case, you are looking at an angle of attack somewhere between 5 and 10 degrees. If your angle is not steep enough, you will wear away more of the disc then you should. If it is too steep, you will get uneven wear near the top of the disc.
Your angle of attack will also affect the finished piece. Just know that getting used to the angle of attack takes time and practice. You probably won’t get it right the first time. Also note that if you’re cutting through a piece of metal, the angle of attack may not matter so much. That being said, shoot for a 90-degree angle (when possible) if you’re using a diamond angle grinder blade to cut clean through.
4. Let the Tool Do the Work
There is a temptation among people using angle grinders for the first time to try to force their way through the work. They apply too much pressure, then back off. Sometimes this leads to an ongoing cycle that ultimately results in a poor-quality job.
The key to using an angle grinder effectively is consistency. Do not force the tool into the work. Maintain contact but let the tool do the job. Maintain consistent pressure and, if you’re grinding down a surface, a consistent motion. You will find that the tool does a much better job this way.
5. Spend a Little Money On A Good Quality Blade
Finally, we would recommend spending a little extra on a quality tool. A higher-quality angle grinder should last longer and do a better job overall. If you are in the market for diamond angle grinder blades, consider Devour Tools products.
An angle grinder is a fantastic tool with lots of applications. Use it with care and it will provide a lifetime of reliable service.