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The Grinder January 21, 2010

Filed under: Exotic Tools — stevesned @ 8:17 pm

The Grinder is an awesome tool. It can be used as a saw on metal items – we use it to cut rebar all the time. It can polish, cut, shape and eat into almost any substance known to construction. My most primary uses have been in the realm of cement pavers, personally. With these items, one can literally shape a straight cut into a circular one. This one I am featuring because I have always liked DeWalt tools. It can be found here, at Amazon. If interested. We actually historically have used a heavier duty one, ourselves. I swear, I think it could take down a mountain.

What really makes it dynamic and so utterly utile are the range of blades available. For cutting concrete pavers, for example, we almost always use a diamond-studded, circular blade.

Shaped much like cups, with an indented middle, these blades are able to grind not only on the sides but also by using the larger bottom for larger tasks. What we get as a result is something like this below. There is no other tool which can accomplish this that I am aware of. The grinder, in our work, is an essential part of our tool arsenal for obvious reasons. I honestly believe it separates the pro’s from the amateurs. Attention to details, in the end, are always what that implies.

(These work site pictures expand dramatically for closer viewing…….leftt click to see)

Note the square cuts made by the saw. All bricks are cut in a straight line at the saw itself. However, trimming and some shaping are required in this case in order to achieve the desired results for bricks around round items. Here is a finished look at what we faced above:

In other cases, the grinder actually can be used to “roughen up” or “antique” already tumbled pavers to match the full size brethren. When we scuff up the outer edges, we do so because the brick saw had made its typically “perfect cut”. We need then to ‘re-antique’ the look to conform with the tumbled ones. Here we had cut a circle into a wider expanse of pavers, simply to break the pattern up a bit.

One can see the roughed edges of the original bricks. Obviously placing razor sharp, straight as an arrow  cuts with no softening would clash drastically with the overall look, much the same as how we roughened these pavers up to match their other originals, after cutting:

They are awesome – grinders. And nothing works better for the purpose. Dangerous as heck, too, so wear goggles and gloves, by all means. That is a naked blade running out there.