Terms of the Trade: Power Tool Grinder

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A power tool grinder is one of several power tools used to smooth and polish different kinds of surfaces. There a many different types of grinders and pads for different jobs and surfaces. Most grinders are handheld, but there are some larger ones that stand on their own as well. To use a power grinder, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Choose the right size grinder and pad for the job. Some projects will require a smaller grinder or a certain grain pad.
  • Step 2: Clamp your project firmly onto a table so it will not be thrown away by the power tools grinder. There will usually be sparks, so make sure the area is clear of flammable material.
  • Step 3: The grinder will fling sparks in the direction it's spinning, so make sure you are out of the way.
  • Step 4: Turn on the grinder and press it to the surface. For large projects, you can lay a power grinder flat, while smaller ones require only the edge of the grinder pad.

This is a fairly dangerous tool and can cause serious damage if misused. Always wear protective gloves, goggles, and clothing while operating any power tools or grinder.