If you like the idea of having an angle grinder but don’t know which type to get then this is the article for you. There are many different types of angle grinders depending on your needs.
If you’re going to use it primarily for grinding, then you’ll want a metal body. A steel body has a better level of durability than aluminum, and keeps its sharpness longer.
A ceramic body is best for woodworking and metalworking, while a plastic body is best for wood and metal, carpentry, and gardening.
We’ll be taking a look at several types of angle grinder with this article and going over which one does what. Let’s get started.
Table of Contents
What Is an Angle Grinder?
The angle grinder is one of the most common types of grinding power tools out on the market. It is used for removing material from things like wood, metal, plastic, and stone.
It can also be used for sanding, engraving, grinding, polishing, cutting and more. In fact, with a little research, you can find a lot of uses for this type of tool.
Things To Consider When Choosing an Angle Grinder
- Motor Power
When it comes down to it, the principal goal of any angle grinder is to cut metal. Whether it’s steel, copper, aluminum, or other metals, think about a three-HP motor as a minimum.
- Power Source
Think about what you’ll be doing with the grinder. If you’re using it for work, consider a dual voltage grinder that uses 110-220 Volts.
Depending on what you’ll be doing, make sure you have enough RPMs to handle the job. At least 3000 RPM is good.
- Arbor Size
Although most US sizes for grinders are around 4.5 inches, your arbor size will always depend on your task.
Different Types of Angle Grinder
1. Cordless Angle Grinder
This power tool that can get you through a variety of tasks without the need for a power cord. These tools are compact and light, and they have plenty of power to get the job done.
2. Corded Angle Grinder
Corded angle grinders are the most common type of angle grinders. They are lightweight, compact, and most all have a corded power source.
3. Pneumatic Angle Grinder
A pneumatic angle grinder is a tool that can grind discs, wheels, and other types of metal. This grinder is powered by compressed air.
You can use this tool to sharpen tools, remove rust, and perform other metal grinding tasks.
4. Variable Speed Angle Grinder
There are two main types of angle grinders: fixed speed and variable speed. A fixed speed angle grinder will have a speed dial on its side that controls how fast it runs.
A variable speed angle grinder has a dial/tooth that can be turned to set the speed of the grinder.
5. Straight Angle Grinder
A “straight angle grinder” is the more technical term used to describe an angle grinder with a wheel sitting at 90 degrees. These tools are often used to sharpen woodworking tools used in the creation of woodworking projects.
Different Wheels and Disc Types
1. Silicon Carbide Grinding Discs
An abrasive used for grinding many different types of metals that need precision grinding
2. Cutoff Grinding Discs
Cutoff grinding discs are typically made of carbon fiber cloth and mounted on an aluminum oxide grinding wheel to give you the option of using a variety of cutting discs.
3. Sanding Pads and Discs
A sanding pad is a surface that you can use to hold down or protect an object while you sand it. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are often made from foam. There are disc and belt sanding pads, and disc and belt sanding pads.
4. Grinding Wheels and Discs
Let’s get this out of the way: grinding wheels are not “discs”. They are flat, wheel-like shapes, like metal discs, that are used to grind metal.
5. Wire Brush Wheels
Wire brush wheels are designed to provide a variety of options, ranging from cutting, grinding, cleaning and polishing. They can be used to remove rust, paint, paint sealant, grease, and other contaminants from metal surfaces.
They are usually used to maintain and adjust the accuracy of grinding machine wheels.
6. Diamond Cutting Wheels and Discs
Diamond cutting wheels are the most common cutting wheels for angle grinders. A diamond cutting wheel is made up of a series of very sharp diamonds arranged to form a continuous surface.
7. Aluminum Oxide Cutting Wheels and Discs
A tempered type of metal that lasts longer and cuts steel much faster than some other wheels and discs.
8. Flap Discs and Wheels
Flap Discs and Wheels are parts of an angle grinder that are used to adjust the angle of the wheels and to create a wheel that looks more like a disc than a wheel.
We hope you enjoyed our article about the types of angle grinders. As you can see, angle grinders have a lot of really cool features and perform different types of tasks. We can’t wait to hear what you’ve managed to create!