Whether you buy a $29 bargain brand or a heavy-duty unit which costs significantly more, most angle grinders operate between 9,000 rpm and 11,000 rpm. That type of power is impressive. It can rip through wood and slice steel. However, if the cutting disc catches on something and kicks back on you, it can also slice and dice your face. To avoid accidents, I have compiled a list of safety rules:
- Prior to using your angle grinder, carefully read the manufacturer’s technical bulletin or manual and follow any of the equipment instructions. You are asking for trouble if you think you can pick and choose which of the safety rules that you will follow.
- Always wear the recommended safety equipment and appropriate work apparel, including a full face shield, air respirator, hearing protection, gloves, steel-toed safety boots, leather carving apron and heavy long sleeve shirt. Do not wear any loose clothing or jewelry while working with any power equipment.