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Being safe when using a grinder is a no-brainer. However, as we all know, over-familiarity with our power tools can lead to sloppiness, and sloppiness with a grinder can mean very serious injury.
This Toolstop University Guide will take you through a basic, but essential, check-list for your grinder to help keep you safe.
A small caveat; this guide isn’t exhaustive. It’s imperative that you follow all of the manufacturer’s guidelines and adhere to all on-site Health and Safety instructions for grinder use, including wearing the appropriate PPE.
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Step 1: Inspect the power cord and the plug
Be on the lookout for damage to the plug such as bent pins. The label on your grinder will indicate the voltage of the machine, this should correspond to the plug fitted and the fuse.
Then inspect the power cord. The best way to do this is to run your fingers down the cable, looking out for splits or cracks in its insulated sleeve. Make sure the cord is unplugged first.
Now carefully examine the grommet that attached the power cord to the grinder. There shouldn’t be any exposed cables or wires.
Step 2: Inspect the body of the grinder
Now we’re on the lookout for damage to the body of the grinder itself. Pay particular attention to the vents; these should be clear of debris and dust, etc.
Test the switch of the grinder making sure it works as the manufacturer intended. The grinder’s side handle should be properly attached, and again, examine this for any damage.
Next, look at the guard. This should, again, not show signs of damage and should be attached to the grinder securely. It also should be the correct guard for the grinder you’re using and shouldn’t be modified in any way.
Step 3: Inspect the flanges
The flanges are a vitally important part of your grinder, obviously. These should be in good working order and undamaged.
If you’ve performed all of these checks, you’re ready to fit the grinding or cutting disc to the grinder.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to do this, not over tightening the disc. Spin the disc with your hand a few times, making sure it’s been fitted correctly and it isn’t camming out.
You’re now ready to start using your grinder!
We’ve got a video that walks through the above steps, courtesy of Makita and Toolstop University. You can watch it here on Toolstop TV or in the player below.
What safety checks do you make sure you perform on your power tools? Tell us about them in the comments below, and if you’ve got any queries or questions about this article, let us know.