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I got an angle grinder for my birthday. In fairness, I asked for it. There are some frozen bolts around the place driving me knuts.

I knew they were for cutting through bits of metal. I didn’t realize you could use them for other stuff, like polishing and deburring. I mean, not that I do all that much deburring.

Before I hit up YouTube – it’s always YouTube these days – any of y’all know any fun angle grinder tricks?


Comment from ExpressoBold Pureblood
Time: May 11, 2023, 7:22 pm

Tip #1: Be firm with the grinder… sure and steady guidance is what is needed.

Tip #2: Don’t use an angle grinder when the appropriate tool is a reciprocating saw.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: May 11, 2023, 9:00 pm

This is a neat video on how to make a polishing disk for your angle grinder out of cardboard:


…’course, you could just buy a polishing wheel 🙂

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: May 11, 2023, 9:06 pm

Cuts brick and stone and pipe too. Things you can’t just use any old cutting tool on.

As Expresso mentioned, firm and steady and make sure you keep the grinding wheel aligned with the cut.

Very handy tool when used for the intended purpose.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 11, 2023, 9:43 pm

Not a trick, but rather a tip: Eye protection isn’t optional.

Comment from Ea
Time: May 11, 2023, 9:49 pm

You can sharpen mower blades

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: May 11, 2023, 9:54 pm

Wear your eye protection and heavy gloves and an apron of some sort. An angle grinder is sort of like a trained snake: amazing but you can never trust it not to injure you.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 12, 2023, 2:34 am

For frozen bolts, a cutoff disk may be more useful (faster and easier) than a grinding wheel.

Comment from gebrauschund
Time: May 12, 2023, 9:52 am

Completely unrelated to angle grinders, but have you seen the picture of Dianne Feinstein returning to the senate? I was immediately reminded of the illustration Stoaty did sometime back of the Hildabeast, only more decayed. Hokey smokes! We have literal zombies running the country, right off a cliff.

Comment from technochitlin
Time: May 12, 2023, 11:32 am

SomeVeg is right- those are great tools, but will bite you if you aren’t in complete control. And it is a non-gentle bite.

Comment from Steve
Time: May 12, 2023, 12:04 pm

There is a saying about getting cut more easily with a dull knife than with a sharp one.

Goes the same I think with the angle grinder.

There are loads of things from cutoff wheels to diamond blades to flapper disks you can put on the thing. Pretty versatile tool. Lots of torque.

When something is not busy cutting, the tool is busy trying to run away, wobbling for all it is worth.

One thing you can kind of do is wood carving. Like those talented people can do with chain saws and old logs. But less chainsawy.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: May 12, 2023, 12:19 pm

We have a frog pool spitter. Hadn’t worked since we bought the house. Oh, the valve is good but there was clearly a problem between the valve and the frog spitting into our pool. So I finally got annoyed enough to figure it out. Turns out the frog is cement not the cast brass it appeared to be (amazing paint job on the thing!) and it wasn’t working because the weight had crushed the feed tube. So out came the grinder and I cut a groove into the bottom to fit the tube. A bit of new tubing and he’s spitting like a champ! Angle grinders are good for solving all kinds of problems!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 12, 2023, 6:23 pm

I’ve got some cutoff disks coming. For once, I read the instructions!

I have eye protection and a leather apron. and a proper respiratory mask. I look like Dexter in the full getup.

Ooo! Sharpening mower blades!

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: May 13, 2023, 2:09 am

Now let’s talk 24″ chainsaws!

Comment from lauraw
Time: May 13, 2023, 12:16 pm

With a little drill chuck adaptor, an angle grinder makes a kickass powerful drill. There are also chainsaw adaptor so you can turn your angle grinder into a tiny chainsaw.

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