17.4.2 Grinder Safety
Follow these safety guidelines when working with grinders:
- Ensure that no combustible or flammable materials are
nearby that could be ignited by sparks from the grinder
- Ensure that a guard covers at least 270 degrees of the
grinding wheel on bench-mounted machines.
- Periodically check grinder wheels for soundness. Suspend
the wheel on a string and tap it. If the wheel rings, it
is probably sound. A dull sound indicates cracks in the
- Place the grinder tool rest 1/8 inch from the wheel and
slightly above the center line.
- Allow the grinder to reach full speed before feeding
material into the grinding position. Faulty wheels
usually break at the start of an operation.
- Unless otherwise designed, grind on the face of the wheel.
- Use a locking plier or clamp to hold small pieces.
- Slowly move work pieces across the face of a wheel in a
uniform manner. This will keep the wheel sound, and
maintain a flat cutting surface.
- Do not grind non-ferrous materials.
- Replace wheels that are badly worn or cracked.
- Never use a wheel that has been dropped or received a
heavy blow, even if there is no apparent damage.
- Before using a new wheel, let it run a few seconds at
full speed to make sure it is balanced.
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