One of the most commonly used tools in the metal fabrication industry are the angle grinders. These tools have been around for quite a while, and are being used very frequently by people who work in the masonry, painting, autobody and mechanical contracting industries for polishing, grinding and cutting. As is the case with most power tools, angle grinders have also become more advanced. They’re available in multiple sizes, their motors have become more compact, and they’ve become more powerful.
Angle grinders cut through hard metals with relatively easy, so just think for a second what they can do to the human body. In order to avoid this, you should handle the grinder carefully, with a lot of respect for its power. When looking for an angle grinder for sale, look for additional protection equipment as well, and read up on some safe handling tips, to ensure you’re well protected.
Traditional angle grinders feature an OFF/ON switch at the top which can be locked into the ON position. This can be problematic if you lose control, as the tool will continue to run and the grinding wheel will continue to spin, damaging anything and anyone that gets in the way. Because of these, when looking for an angle grinder for sale, try to get a non-locking paddle switch grinder.
Instead of a lock switch, these grinders have a paddle alongside the grip. So when you’re handling the grinder, you hold the switch that powers the grinder. If you lose control, you’ll no longer be pressing the switch, and the grinder will turn off. Using these grinders can become tiresome after a while, but the safety benefits always outweigh the disadvantages. In fact, the use of these grinders is advocated by safety personnel.
It’s important you are always on your toes, and expect the unexpected. Be aware of the situation and everything around you, be focused on the task and be prepared for kickbacks. If you’re aware, you’re in control, and you’ll be able to avoid potentially dangerous scenarios. Moreover, wear the proper work attire. Safety goggles protect you against sparks and flying metal, hearing and arm protection are also of paramount importance.
And last but not least, look for an angle grinder with all the necessary safety features – like a guard, which should be on the tool and used every single time. Even though some users are against using the guard, because it gets in the way of difficult-to-reach spots, technology has improved and now there are plenty of models with an adjustable guard. Moreover, look for a grinder that features a safety slip clutch which prevent kickback.