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HOW TO CUT-OFF
SAFELY WITH ANGLE GRINDERS

a close-up picture of an angle grinder used to cut off a metallic tube

a sketch of someone holding an angle grinder for cutting off in a safe way

 
 
An angle grinder is a popular power tool used for cutting off using abrasive products. Cutting-off, also known also as cutting, sawing, slitting, gapping and parting, is conducted either with reinforced resinoid wheels, flat and depressed centre, or diamond saws. Safety recommendations depend on the type of wheel or saw.

Safety Recommendations for flat reinforced resinoid cutting-off wheels

a flat reinforced resinoid wheel

Alternative terms:

■ Flat cutting disc
■ Flat flex disc

■ Usually available in 2 basic types:

■ For ferrous metals, such as iron and steel. Wheels often marked “for metal”,
■ For non-ferrous metals, such as aluminium, brass, copper, tungsten carbide, non-metals or non-metallic materials, such as stone, concrete, brick, glass, plastics. Often marked “for stone”

■ Ensure the expiry date has not been exceeded

 

Safety Recommendations for depressed centre reinforced wheels

a depressed centre reinforced wheel

Alternative terms:

■ Depressed centre cutting disc
■ Depressed centre flex disc

■ Usually available in 2 basic types:

■ For ferrous metals, such as iron and steel. Wheels often marked “for metal”,
■ For non-ferrous metals, such as aluminium, brass, copper, tungsten carbide, non-metals or non-metallic materials, such as stone, concrete, brick, glass, plastics. Often marked “for stone”

■ Ensure the expiry date has not been exceeded

 

Safety Recommendations for diamond saws

a diamond saw for cutting off

Alternative terms:

■ Diamond cutting-off wheel
■ Diamond blade

■ Not normally for cutting metallic materials. A wheel specifically designed for metallic materials must be used in this case.

■ Read carrefully the restrictions marked on the saw


This website is intended to give information on safe use of abrasives in compliance with European standards, and not to give advice on product selection.
You should read the information given on the product or its packaging to determine suitability. For any specific question, contact the retailor who supplied you the product.