Grinders and polishers are two tools that look quite similar but perform different functions. Use this guide to determine which grinder or polisher to use to get the job done.
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Grinders operate at a higher speed than polishers and are used to abrade a surface. Operating a polisher at high speeds can cause burn marks. Different types of grinders and polishers are available, each with specific functions.
The angle grinder is a versatile tool used for grinding, cutting, and paint and rust removal. Attachments give the angle grinder its versatility. A grinding wheel or wire wheel may be used to remove rust from metal.
A diamond-tipped dry blade is used for cutting into thick materials such as tile or brick. A sanding disc is a useful attachment for removing paint and creating decorative patterns on metal.
The orbital polisher is great for polishing floors or cars. Its buffing wheel oscillates as it turns to produce a greater shine. The orbital polisher should be used with an appropriate wax and operated in a circular motion.
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