Bench grinder gloves and safety tips

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Bench grinder gloves and safety tips
Safety is the first rule when using a power tool like a bench grinder. (safety lable image by Greg Pickens from

A bench grinder is a mechanical power tool that has a spinning abrasive wheel, and is used often to sharpen tools or to shape metal and wood for various projects. Proper safety precautions must be taken while using a bench grinder to avoid injury or even possible death.

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Equipement Precheck

Before use, you must make sure that the bench grinder is working properly, and that there are no missing or nonworking parts. Do not use grinder if it is not securely mounted on the work bench. Be sure that the grinding wheel is free of cracks, and has a "ring" to it when tapped with a plastic knife at a 45-degree angle. If the wheel does not pass this test then it should be replaced.

Secure a Workplace

The bench grinder should be stored in a place that gives you enough space to work. The rule of thumb is to allow a 2-foot perimeter around the machine. Loose hardware, fabric or other materials located around the bench grinder should be removed before use. It is very important to make sure that the floor around the grinder is not slippery or wet.

Use Safety

To avoid debris, it is important to wear leather work gloves, ear protection and work goggles. Tie back long hair, and be sure to wear clothing and jewellery that is not loose fitting. When using the grinder stand on one side of the machine while turning on the power. Allow the grinder to spin for one minute before use. During use, attach a clamp to the workpiece to clear your hands from the moving machine. Grind workpieces slowly, back and forth across the face of the wheel. Do not touch the end being sharpened until it has cooled. Do not overdo it. Ask someone with more experience if you need help with using the machine.

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