Graphical Construction Glossary >> Tools. >> Power Tools >> Straight Grinder
This 125mm or 5" straight Makita grinder is of a type that is not too often seen on building sites, usually finding it's home in a welding or steel fabrication shop. They have a large range of grinding wheels and accessories available to them.
This type of grinder is always used two handed. One hand on the bottom hand grip near the switch and the other above the body around the shaft. This way very fine control can be used.
There are certain applications that air tools are better suited to. Wet grinding is the most obvious. I can remember seeing Italian migrants to Australia that had brought their skills with them grinding in-situ terrazzo jobs with tools like the one above. They would roughly form and pour floors to bathrooms with 150m high coved kerbs, and they then ground it by eye to something that today would have to be made in a factory. The quality of the work was just miraculous. Make no mistake, these tools are capable of very fine work.
Used in engine repair shops and in manufacturing cleaning up and de--burring castings and the like these also come with a huge array of cutting and abrasive tools.
See also Angle Grinder
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