A masonry grinder is an invaluable tool to cut through concrete, bricks and stonework. It took over the job of using a chisel and hammer to cut tiles and bricks into the right size to fit corners. It is also used to cut marble tiles for flooring. A masonry grinder comes in different models and sizes. Small hand-held ones are suitable for home use and usually employed for small masonry projects. There are also table-mounted models for cutting large quantities of bricks and tiles. Masonry grinders can be electric or gasoline powered and new models even have dust covers and attachment to a vacuum to suck up the dirt. It takes a lot of arm muscle to operate a masonry grinder, as it can be quite heavy.
- Choose the type of masonry grinder for the job that you will be doing. The grinder’s blade should conform to the material to be cut, whether it is concrete, ceramic tile, marble, bricks and other forms of stonework.
- Know the size and thickness as well as the quantity of the materials that you will be cutting. This information will determine what type of masonry grinder you should be using.
- You should also know what type of blade your masonry grinder would use. Diamond-tipped blades are the best for most work, though there are those are made from carbide steel.
- A hand-held masonry grinder is used for slow grinding. It can be painstakingly slow and will require you to have steely arms and a strong back, as the grinder should be used in a circular sweeps. It is used for projects that require for a smooth finished surface.
- A bigger electric-powered grinder will make cutting so much faster though it can generate a lot of dust. If you are cutting harder materials, use a grinder with a carbide blade or for precision cutting, use diamond-tipped blade. Wet blades on masonry grinders are used for cutting very hard masonry materials such as marble and granite. This is to prevent the blade from overheating and for faster cutting.
- For larger areas that need smoothing, such as floors, hallways and driveways, the best grinder to use will be the gasoline powered ones. This works like a floor polisher that will make the surface you are grinding very smooth and slippery. Water is used to help the grinding wheels and eliminate too much dust generation. This also serves to cool the grinding wheels and effectively prolong its use. Use rubber boots or work boots with non-skid soles to prevent you from sliding on the slick surface after grinding.
Masonry grinder generates a lot of dust as it saws through concrete. Make sure that you are using the standard safety gear to protect your eyes and your face, your lungs, your head and your hands. Tiny stone and masonry chips may cause injury to your face and eyes. Too much dust is harmful to your lungs and can lead to several complications.