Category:Bench Grinders

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Tool Species
Bench Grinders

A tool species is a logical grouping of tools based on similarity of function, use, and safety.

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To use any of the tools listed on this page, you are required to complete the testing program described here. You should get training or equivalent experience at the Asylum or elsewhere before testing.
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This document is an internal Artisan's Asylum training document and is provided "as is", to be used as a reference only. Use of this document for any purposes other than as reference material (i.e., for the purposes of training and testing users on tools or equipment by other commercial entities or individuals) is not advised. In no event shall the authors of this material, or Artisan's Asylum, Inc., be liable for any claim, damages, or other liability whether in action or contract, arising from, out of, or in connection with the use of the information in this document for training, testing, or on-going safe use of fabrication equipment. Please consult your own lawyers and subject matter experts if you are looking to develop your own safety curriculum for fabrication equipment operation. Tool operators are responsible for their own safety, including reading and understanding the owners manual for this equipment and all of the warnings it contains.


Personal Protective Equipment

  • Standard shop personal protective equipment (safety glasses, no long hair, no flowing clothes, etc.) are required
  • ABSOLUTELY NO gloves, rings, bracelets, or other items on your hands or fingers when holding the work, as these may get sucked into the grinding wheel

Safe Operation

  • Always grind against the tool rest – no ‘free hand’ grinding is allowed * Always grind pieces significantly larger than the gap between the tool rest and the grinding wheel
  • Adjust tool rest with an allen wrench to keep a maximum of 1/8” between the grinding wheel and the rest
  • Allow grinding wheel to come up to speed before grinding * Only apply enough pressure to allow the grinding wheel to remove material; do not force material into the grinder
  • Only grind on the face of the grinding wheel, never on the sides * Grind with spark arrestors in place whenever possible
  • Move objects continuously back and forth across the grinding wheel to prevent burnout or pitting
  • Only one person per grinder

Common Maintenance Operations

  • Check to make sure the grinding wheel is not chipped or cracked before any operation. Damaged wheels should be replaced or otherwise addressed by Artisan’s Asylum staff

Allowable Materials

  • Metal only.
  • Check if a wheel is rated for non-ferrous (aluminum, brass, etc.) or ferrous metals before grinding.
  • Absolutely no non-ferrous metals on iron oxide (ferrous) wheels, as there is a significant risk of wheel explosion

Pages in category "Bench Grinders"

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