Disc Grinder Introduction

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This is the content required for an introduction to our disc grinders - reading this does NOT replace the mandatory session with a tutor! It will make it a lot quicker though ;-)

Let's begin! First off, make sure you have read the machine's manual, if available (should be linked from its InfoBox).

Safety

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Dangers Precautions
generation of hot sparks that are expelled in varying directions
  • wear goggles AND a face shield to protect your eyes
  • understand the spark direction, which will always be tangential to the point of the disc that is in contact with the workpiece
  • coordinate your activity with others in the area
  • do not attempt to vacuum up sparks! The dust collection bag could catch fire
sparks fly very far and deposit themselves as fine dust
  • metal dust can be a health hazard when inhaled

wear a proper dust mask when working with a grinder

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some of our grinders have no prevention of turning on after loss & restoration of power (keine Anlaufsicherung)
if the power has been lost for whatever reason, always return the power button to the "off" position before restoring it!
Danger - heat.svg
the workpiece heats up and stays hot for a while
wear suitable gloves to prevent burns from sparks or the workpiece
possible kickback if the disc gets caught on the material
  • put the workpiece in a vise or clamp it down during grinding
  • hold the machine firmly with both hands
  • try not to shift the disc during a (deep) cut
  • let the disc get to full speed before you start grinding
aluminum can clog an abrasive disc and cause it to overheat until it breaks do NOT use abrasive discs on aluminum
a disc that is off-center or loose is very dangerous after inserting a new disc, let it run freely for a minute and make sure it runs safe and true

Suggested Reading

Besides these safety notes, you should know about abrasive discs, especially the difference between grinding and cutting discs!