Angle Grinders

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What are angle grinders?

Used widely in metal fabrication and woodworking, angle grinders are a power tool used to cut, polish, carve, grind and more. Utilising an interchangeable spinning disc, this versatile handheld tool can be used on specific materials and projects.

Why buy an angle grinder?

Thanks to the use of abrasive discs, angle grinders are extremely adaptable. For this reason, they're a staple of many trade toolkits as they make a great alternative to manually operated tools, taking the effort and time out of the mix, and breezing through jobs faster.

Angle grinder types

There are several types of angle grinders on the market to suit a range of tasks and operator preference...

• Air angle grinders   -   powered using pneumatics, this type of grinder is lightweight, but delivers heavy-duty performance

• Battery-operated angle grinders   -   Also known as cordless angle grinders, this type of grinder is a practical choice for operators who are regularly mobile and don't want the hassle of finding a mains connection

• Corded angle grinders   -   Without a battery, corded angle grinders are lighter than the cordless variants and are a popular choice with DIY enthusiasts

• Straight angle grinders   -   Designed to achieve an easier reach for tasks in tight spaces, this type of angle grinder is held and powered from the shaft, while the wheel is set at a 90° angle from the handle

• Variable speed angle grinders   -   These types of angle grinders feature adjustable speed settings to allow for more precise and controlled work

Considerations when choosing an angle grinder

Budget - if an angle grinder is the answer to all your workshop prayers, then invest in a model that will suit your needs. However, if its not likely to get regular use, there's no point splashing out on a high-end tool.

Skill level - angle grinders can be used for a wide range of projects and can really take the effort out of some everyday slow-going work. However, they can also be a very dangerous tool if not handled correctly, so choose a angle grinder that you'll be able to handle without any risk to you.

Safety - As previously stated, angle grinders can be an extremely dangerous tool when left in unqualified hands. Take your safety very seriously and ensure your purchase has safety guards and a safety lever to prevent accidental start-ups.

Angle grinder jargon buster

To keep you up to date with safety and quality standards, we've outlined a safety standard associated with angle grinders, so you have all the information you need to make the right decision for you.

What does BS EN ISO 28927-1:2019 mean?

This international standard outlines the methods use in laboratory testing of vibration emissions from hand-held angle and vertical grinders. This includes pneumatically powered, corded and cordless tools, but doesn't apply to straight grinders or die grinders.

Let's break it down...

• BS - This is an abbreviation for British Standards, which is the label for standards published by the BSI Group, who are the authorising body in the UK

• EN - This stands for European Standards and is abbreviated from EN from the German Europäische Norm (which means European Norm)

• ISO - This stands for the International Organization for Standardization, which is an independent governing body for international quality and safety standards

• 28927 - The identifying legislation number

• 1 - This is the part of the document relating to angle grinders

• 2019 - This second edition publication was published in this year


Can an angle grinder cut anything?

Depending on the abrasive disc used, an angle grinder can cut through hard and dense materials, such as metals, bricks and slabs, as well as concrete and wood.

What's the difference between an angle grinder and a straight grinder?

While both power tools can complete similar tasks such as sanding and grinding, a straight grinder (also known as a die grinder) is much smaller than an angle grinder, and has accessories attached by way of a collet and spindle.

Angle grinders on the other hand, are much larger, heavier tools that use a rotating disc to perform tasks, which tend to be on much larger, industrial-sized materials.