Introduction: Getting More From Your Angle Grinder

Hi!

I have used angle grinder over twenty years.

I had allready forgot how difficult it was to use at the beginning.

Then i heard people saying that its too difficult to cut with it..

That started me to think about how to improve its handling, also i wanted to get more from it.

As it think, it can be used as a bench grinder too, and with suitable blade, it works as a circular saw, or with the right attachment its a great tool for cutting even big pipes, straight and easily.

Easy version starts from the step 1, improvements from the step 8. Attcahments for grinding and pipe cutting from the step 10

This is my simple and easy prototype for that problem, improvements makes it little more difficult.

Video tutorials shows the process.

Used tools:

Angle grinder

Welder

Drill

Material:

3mm steel plate

40 x 40 x 5mm square tubing

Piece of 30 x 30 x 3 L-profile

80mm long M12 screw and M12 nut

Two M10 screws, spring washers, and one M10 nut

Step 1: Cut the Parts..

Cut the parts to the desired size.

Sand edges smooth, and round the corners.

Step 2: Easy Mount for the Angle Grinder..

My angle grinder, as usual had threads for the handle in both sides.

Also, its very usual that those threads are little tilted, instead of pointing directly up and down.

So, when you bolt plates to them, Plates make kind of V-shape. That shape makes this simple structure firm enough, no need for extra connections.

Just line those plates and the M12 screw with the angle grinder, before welding. Keep cutting disc on its place and use right angle for lining.

Step 3: Make Extra Position for Handle..

Made a hole, big enough that thread of the handle fits through it. (10mm)

Cut it to shape, and weld nut behind the hole. ( M10 )

Tack weld it. Place and shape it so that you still manage to push "disc lock"- button. So, you can change new disc without need to remove your attachment.

Step 4: Bottom Plate..

I made a little bend for the front of the bottom plate, it helps it to slide easier.

Then made 8mm holes for the "back stop", that's the piece of 30 x 30 x 3mm L- profile, mentioned earlier.

Connected it with butt welds. That way bottom plate stays straight, and the result looks nicer.

Step 5: Connecting to the Bottom..

To connect these two parts together.

I made a simple "hinge" from a piece of 40 x 40 x 5mm square tubing.

Drilled 12mm hole to the center of the side. Made it through both sides. ( M12 screw goes trough it )

After drilling i cut it to desired length. ( 35mm )

Then i weld it to the bottom plate.

Step 6: Finishing..

Finally i grinded away some material from the " back stop ", so that angle grinder fits to move lower.

Cleaned welds with steelbrush and finally painted it black.

Step 7: How It Works??

It works as a little chop saw..

Its easier to handle when cutting freehanded..

Its more easier to use, when cutting using guide..

And of course, its easy to mount, just clamp it to the table..

And.. when you remove bottom plate, you can use extra position for the handle, to get firm grip for heavier working.

Thanks for watching!

Stay tuned...

Step 8: Improvements...

Some improvements. I'll update this section until its finally "done".

1. Another option for the handle.

2. Screw that locks the angle grinder to the stand so that it doesn't move sideways when tightening screw is loose. Good when using as a chop saw. It also secures straight cuts if tightening screw opens itself.

3. Quick tightening action with simple thump screw, made from M12 nut and piece of flat bar.

Down its loose. Up, its tightened.

4. Bigger guard for safer use.

Step 9: Improvements Continued..

1. add supports that guides angle grinder to the same line with the base, faster and easier assembly.

2. Optional support wheel, helps with wood carving and grinding.

I use Graff speedcutter discs wich are made to wood cutting and shaping with angle grinder, max rpm is 12.000.

Step 10: Attacments...

Simple grinding rest from 2mm steel.

And pipe cutting attachment. This is a prototype wich can be used with pipes between 50-125mm diameter.

Its intented to be used in jobsite works, when you need to have accurate joints. For example: When you weld pipes trough from the one side, you need precise cap to get acceptable root.

Actual final version will be for pipes over 200mm diameter.

Video shows the process:


Step 11: Woodworking..

Last video is from woodworking with it.

Works nicely with dados, grooves, and of course with a simple attachment..

Its a biscuit jointer too..

Step 12: Invention...

And...

The actual "invention" is very simple. All those attachments shown, could be much easier to install..

If tool manufactures would add this simple lug to their angle grinders.

Picture is bad, shape and size just something.. But i think that would be best location for the extra lug.

Thanks for watching..

And vote if you liked the idea..

Regards

Tuomas

Comments

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Tuomas Soikkeli made it! (author)2017-06-29

Improved version looks this. Im going to update this instructable soon. Bigger guard is because... It works as a saw too, when using wood cutting blade. :)

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RickB176 made it! (author)RickB1762017-07-07

So, can I buy one from you?

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tytower made it! (author)2017-06-29

Overkill I think -to each his own though.

I found that learning where to have the grinder when cutting was the important thing. Cut so the majority of the wheel is above the piece being cut so the wheel is pushing back on itself not sucking it down.

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Tuomas Soikkeli made it! (author)Tuomas Soikkeli2017-06-29

I tought it so at first. But hey, there's many different saws, so i think there's room for the different grinder too.

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Kafukai made it! (author)2017-06-29

This is great :)
Can easily cost lot of money and space on a chop saw.

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Tuomas Soikkeli made it! (author)Tuomas Soikkeli2017-06-29

Thanks! Im making some improvements to it atm. I hope that i can update this next week

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buddyboy7 made it! (author)2017-06-28

I NEED THAT! That is a GREAT idea and I wish I had one last week. I cut my shop table in 1/2 and left a "not so desirable" cut line. 1/4" plate x 4' with a 41/2" angle grinder is a TASK. It would have turned out so much nicer looking and a lot less headache with your invention. Great job Tuomas Soikkeli!

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aideym made it! (author)2017-06-28

Fantastic idea, I'll definitely make one of these

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