Struggling to understand which angle grinder you require for the task in hand? SGS Engineering have put together this guide to help you choose which angle grinder to buy.
You’ve heard how versatile and useful an angle grinder can be around the home, and now you’ve got to decide which angle grinder you should buy. There’s loads of information out there and literally thousands of power tools to choose from - sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start! Every substantial toolbox should contain at least one, but the question is which angle grinder do I need? Look no further; this comprehensive buyer’s guide has been put together with the sole purpose to give you all the information you’ll need to make an informed decision about your purchase.
Why Buy An Angle Grinder?
You’ll see angle grinders on construction sites, in auto garages, metal working shops, or anywhere someone might want cut, remove or smooth excess material. Whether you’re a tradesman or a keen home DIY-ist, an angle grinder is the go-to tool for someone serious about grinding, cutting or polishing. An electric grinder is one of the most versatile power tools in any arsenal and works via the use of a rapidly rotating gear head and interchangeable abrasive wheels. Depending of the head you have mounted, you can cut, polish, sand and grind a huge array of materials.
Do you want to know a little more about what you can do with an angle grinder? We’ve put together a collection of handy How-To guides, detailing step-by-step instructions for some important DIY task. Take a look here.
What to Look Out for and Useful Terms
As with many power tools, there’s a plenty of jargon and unfamiliar terms associated with angle grinders. Although the specifications of all the various grinders vary hugely, there’s a couple of useful terms and features that will help you sift through the options and pick exactly the right solution for you. So here are the things to look out for when you’re shopping:
Disc/ head/ wheel
These three terms are used interchangeably, when referring to angle grinders. Grinder’s come in lots of different disc sizes, but the most common sizes are 115mm (4 ½”) and 230mm (9”). You can purchase different discs/heads/wheels depending on the task you want to complete - just make sure they're the right size for your grinder!
The higher the wattage of the power tool the more power it’ll have available to use. Grinders with larger discs/wheels will need a higher wattage. Expressed as Watts or W.
This is the speed that the disc rotates before you start making a cut. The higher the no-load speed the better quality the cutting action is going to be. Where-as a drill will have a no-load speed of around 700-1,200rpm - a good angle grinder can achieve up to 12,000rpm!
A spindle locking mechanism makes for super quick accessory removal and replacement.
Sometimes simply called a side handle, this useful feature can normally be mounted on the left or right of the tool for left and right handed operators. Some grinders such as the Ryobi ONE+ 18V Cordless 115mm Angle Grinder, have a 3 position handle for more manoeuvrability.
Choosing the Right Tool
So, regardless of whether you’ll be cutting, grinding, sharpening, sanding, cleaning or polishing, we’re sure we’ll have something in the SGS range of angle grinders for you. Find out more about our grinders bellow.
Disc Size and Power
The Ryobi 600W 115mm Angle Grinder is a fantastically priced, lightweight power tool, ideal for someone looking for maximum versatility and usability. With a lock-on switch, 2 position auxiliary handle, adjustable guard and quick accessory changes, the Ryobi 600W is fully equipped. View Now
If you’re looking for a plucky, lightweight grinder, at an unbeatable price - look no further than the Hyundai 600W Corded 115mm Angle Grinder. With a lower no-load speed than the Ryobi, the Hyundai doesn’t perform quite as impressively, but for those quick little maintenance jobs around the house and the occasional project, the Hyundai is well worth considering. View Now
Cordless and Comfortable
Sometimes you can’t beat the convenience of a completely cordless power tool - and angle grinders are no exception. When you don’t have to worry about long trailing cables you can really focus of the job in hand. The Ryobi ONE+ 18V Cordless 115mm Angle Grinder is one of the best grinders in the domestic market. Part of the world largest collection of interchangeable battery power tools this 18V angle grinder is powered by lithium-ion batteries.
Ideal for light to medium grinding and cutting tasks, the 18V Cordless Angle Grinder has a simple design to maximise its efficiency. Ryobi products are renowned for their usability and comfort; some of the features you can expect are GripZone overmoulding, 3-position auxiliary handle, tool-less disc change and super quick charging. View Now
The Air Powered Option
We couldn’t have a complete buying guide without talking about air powered alternatives. The SGS 3" Air Cut Off Saw has a massive no-load speed of up to 20,000rpm and is ideal for precise, high quality finishes. Air tools have less moving components, meaning you can expect a longer life than electric power tools. View Now
Compare the SGS Range of Angle Grinders
Prices correct as of 04/04/2016. Subject to change and availability.
|Ryobi 600W 115mm Angle Grinder - EAG600RS||Hyundai 600W Corded 115mm Angle Grinder - HY2156||Hyundai 2100W Corded 230mm Angle Grinder - HY2157||Ryobi ONE+ 18V Cordless 115mm Angle Grinder (Body Only) - R18AG-0|
|Wattage / Power||600W||600W||2100W||18V lithium-ion|
|Warranty||2 years||1 year||1 year||2 year|
Incl. VAT £35.52
Incl. VAT £29.98
Incl. VAT £71.98
Incl. VAT £81.90