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Let’s start from the beginning and go through the fundamentals. Any disc that can be used in an angle grinder and spins quickly enough to accomplish cutting and polishing tasks is considered an angle grinder disc. Depending on the angle grinder’s make and type, as well as the user’s preferred settings, the disc or wheel may spin at a rate ranging from 2,800 to 12,000 revolutions per minute. You may use your angle grinder for a wide range of tasks by just swapping out the discs. You can perform a wide variety of cutting, grinding, polishing, and carving operations. Metal, stone, mortar, brick, and even wood are just some of the materials you may work with.Since you now have an understanding of what an angle grinder disc is, let’s have a look at the various discs available and how they are often put to use. These discs may be purchased in both large and small sizes to accommodate a wide range of angle grinders. The bigger disc should be considered for broad use. The smaller the disc, the better it is for fine work.
1) Discs for Grinding
Grit discs, also known as grinding discs, are the obvious starting point for this discussion. If you wish to grind metal or stone, you’ll need these discs. An abrasive combination comprising grains and a bonding agent are included in each disc. The abrasive granules may be as fine or as coarse as you want by selecting a higher or lower grit. While the low, coarse grit might help you get through the first stages of a project quickly, the higher grit can help you get a more polished final result.
2.Discs with Their Centers Sawn Off
Parting wheels, also known as cut-off discs, are the next tool in our arsenal. If you need to make precise cuts in metal, use a wheel with this narrow, tapered profile. The thickness of the shaved discs varies. Both options have costs and benefits. More metal can be sliced through if the disc is thinner. However, thin abrasive discs are more fragile and easily broken. The less likely the disc is to warp or crack while in use, the thicker it should be. You should think about the benefits and drawbacks of each disc before making your final decision. Avoid applying excessive force or moving too quickly when working with metal. If you do that, the disc and the work are both more likely to be damaged.
3. Diamond Cutting Discs
A standard grit disc or cut-off disc will not work on stone or brickwork. A diamond cutting disc, the best option, is what you’ll need. Diamond grits are imbedded into the steel disc’s edges, as the name suggests. On the Mohs scale, diamond sits at a perfect 10, making it ideal for cutting through the toughest stone, tile, or concrete. It is also quite long-lasting. Because of this, even on tougher metals, the use of a diamond disc allows for faster and more efficient operations. Diamond discs are more expensive up front, but they should outlive the competition, giving them a good value in the long term.
4. Flap Discs
When using an angle grinder for sanding, a flap disc is your best bet.
While comparable to grit discs, the abrasive on them is much finer (often Aluminum Oxide). The flap disc is constructed from many abrasive sheets that overlap one another rather than a single flat piece. Though a radial flap wheel on a drill or rotary tool is more accurately called a “flap wheel,” the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Flap discs may be used to remove rust, smooth off rough spots, and polish surfaces. In addition, a flap disc might be useful for fine grinding activities that a standard grit disc would be unsuitable for. These angle grinder discs see widespread application in machine shops, foundries, and foundry repair facilities.
Are you concerned that a flap disc may overheat? Another option is to use a ceramic sanding disc.
5. Wire Wheels
An angle grinder’s wire wheel is one of the most visually striking wheel options. A wire wheel may be used to smooth off corrosion or paint on metal. Although a wire wheel may be used to polish strong metal, it is more likely to leave scratches on softer materials than a smooth one. This wheel lacks a central cutting or grinding disc and instead has bristle clusters that stick out in a circular pattern. These bristles may range from thin and straight to dense and tangled.
When working with an angle grinder, protective eyewear is a must. This is especially crucial when using a wire wheel, as the wires can easily break. The last thing you want is for something like that to fly into your eye.
A lot of inexperienced people I’ve seen using grinders don’t bother to follow even the most basic safety precautions. Given the significance of the topic, I felt compelled to devote an entire guide to the subject of angle grinder safety.
6. Paint Stripping Discs
You may also use anything other than a wire wheel to strip paint. A paint stripping disc is an alternate wheel that may be used in its place. A paint stripper may be preferable than a standard wire wheel if you’re dealing with wood, fibreglass, or a soft metal.
A paint remover wheel uses poly-fiber material in place of wire bristles. It effectively strips away paint without damaging the underlying surface in the process. It can also be used to clean up epoxy and similar residues.
7. Polishing Pads
You may be asking whether there is a special disc made for polishing at this stage. What you need is a buffing pad, often known as a polishing pad. Polishing pads come in a wide range of styles and materials. To get the best results, use a material that is suitable for the surface you want on apply it to. It’s recommended to use a wool buffing wheel for delicate surfaces, such as a car’s paint. Remember to take your time and polish carefully. Surface damage is likely if you choose a speed that is too high. There is a correlation between the size of the angle grinder and the range of speeds it can achieve.
9. Wood Cutting Discs
We’ve discussed using an angle grinder to cut or grind wood a few times already. However, you are aware that some discs are designed to work solely with tougher materials. They aren’t ideal for woodworking and might easily ruin your product if you try to use them to make cuts or carvings. Is it true that one may get a disc that specifically cuts wood? In a word, yeah.
Discs used for cutting wood have a circular blade with teeth on it. The tungsten carbide tips are easily distinguishable. Carbide is so hard that it is used as the cutting edge on wood cutting discs. In fact, you can’t sharpen carbide points without using diamond.
10. Wood Carving Discs
In addition to wood cutting discs, wood carving discs may be necessary if you want to do any carving, shaping, or grinding with your woodworking.
Carbide teeth are a common feature of these discs. A wood carving disc, however, is more of a donut form than a flat circle. There are no teeth at the outside margins. In its place, they spread out across the whole rim. Typically, there are hundreds of them. Such a disc is excellent for forming a concave surface, such as when hollowing out the centre of a wooden bowl. Keep in mind that wood requires a different approach than metal or concrete. As a rule, such components are consistent. Natural knots and rounded edges are what set wood apart. Care must be taken while using a wood carving or cutting disc to avoid catching on irregularities such as these. This is more likely to occur on certain wheel types.