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Best Straight Grinders 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated March 1, 2018
Best Straight Grinders of 2018
I’ve based my selection methodology on customer feedback, the size, functionality, and budget to meet various demands. The best straight grinders will make your fairytale dreams come true!
Here we have compiled a detailed list of some of the best straight grinders of the 2018. The table below summarizes features, and below you’ll find more detailed reviews of each good.
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Why did this straight grinders win the first place?
I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I also liked the delivery service that was fast and quick to react. It was delivered on the third day. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack.
Why did this straight grinders come in second place?
This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made.
Why did this straight grinders take third place?
This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. The material is incredibly nice to the touch. It has a great color, which will suit any wallpapers.
Straight Grinders Buyer’s Guide
Die Grinder vs. Cutoff Tool
Die grinders are often sold as cutoff tools with the addition of a guard and the installation of a fibrous cutoff wheel. With a cut-off wheel, a die grinder can be used to cut metal bar stock and tubing. If you buy a die grinder, rather than a cutoff tool, you can easily convert it for cutting off metal bar stock and tubing by adding a shield to protect you from hot metal sparks. The only difference between a die grinder and a cut-off tool is this shield.
For this reason, you might want to consider buying a cutoff tool rather than a die grinder because that way you already have the shield. Just verify the tool comes with a 1/4″ collet and that its speed is equal to the die grinder.
Straight vs. Right Angle
Traditional die grinders are straight, with the tool rotating perpendicular to the length of the tool. More recently, manufacturers have started making right angle die grinders and there’s even one manufacturer making a die grinder built at 30 degrees. While the angled head is easier to hold for some types of operations, both styles have their place.
These angled die grinders shouldn’t be confused with angle grinders which operate totally differently. A right angle grinder only works with grinding wheels which mount to a shaft. A right angle die grinder still has a collet for the various types of tips to mount into.
Pneumatic or Cordless
As with many other power tools, cordless die grinders are now appearing on the market,for portability and ease of use. While cordless die grinders are longer than pneumatic ones, the not having to drag around an air hose or power cord makes it possible to get into areas with where pneumatic die grinders simply can’t reach.
Like most cordless tools, cordless die grinders are used more by contractors on remote jobsites, than by people working in a shop. The advantage of working off of battery power isn’t as apparent when you are in a shop with air power piped throughout. Pneumatic die grinders will run virtually indefinitely off of shop air as they use very little air. In the same situation a cordless die grinder would require stopping to change the battery periodically.
Pencil grinders come in pneumatic, electric and cordless. The electric ones may have the motor separate from the grinder head, running power through a flexible cable down to the head. This “flexible shaft” pencil grinder is popular with model makers and jewelry makers who need to do fine detail work without having a large motor-driven tool in their hands.
The dremel tool actually falls into this category although it has a larger body. Nevertheless, it comes with a 1/8″ collet designed to be used with the same types of tips used on other pencil grinders. Even though it’s larger in diameter, the casing is designed to be ergonomic so it can still be held like a pen and used as easily as the other types of pencil grinders.
What’s it for
A corded power drill is used for drilling holes in metal, plastics, wood, brick, stone, concrete, glass, and tiles. Various types and lengths of drill bits are available depending on the material being drilled; HSS (High Speed Steel) bits for metal, flat bits for wood, and masonry bits for concrete.
How it works
The bit is held in a clamping device on the end of the drill shaft called a chuck. Some drills come with chucks which are keyless and can be hand-tightened, others are fitted with chucks which need to be tightened with a chuck key. This allows the drill bit to be tightened more securely and large bits are less likely to slip, but keyless hand-tightening chucks are more convenient. Most DIY model drills will have a 1/inch (13mm) chuck which can accommodate drills up to this diameter, but 5/inch (16mm) chucks are also available. These drills range in power from about 500 to 800 watt. 650 to 700 watt provides adequate power for most jobs.
If you need to drill holes in awkward spots, you can get a right angled chuck adapter which fits into the chuck of the drill. Alternatively flexible drives are available.
Things to consider
Drills may have a fixed speed setting, speed settings, or variable speed depending on how hard you squeeze the trigger. Variable speed is most convenient as it allows a drill hole to be started easier without the bit moving all over the place. Also lower speeds should be used with larger diameter bits to avoid overheating the bit due to friction.
For more detailed information on drill bits and drilling, see my other guide here:
Choosing the Right Drill Bit for Metal, Wood, Tiles, Glass, or Masonry
What it’s for
Jigsaws can be used to cut wood, metal, plastic, and other materials. Different types of blades are available to suit the material being cut. Since the blades used in a jigsaw are slim and narrow, this allows curved profiles such as circles to be cut in sheet material. Jigsaws are normally used for cutting timber up to about 40 mm thick (approx. 1/inch). Long blades can be used in a jigsaw and manufacturers quote maximum cutting capacity up to inches (this seems a bit overly optimistic!).
A multi tool or oscillating tool is a relatively recent power tool. The motor drives a head which oscillates or twists backwards and forwards through an angle of a couple of degrees (similar to the head on a hair clippers, but rotating). Several types of accessory can be attached and driven by the head. These include:
A multi-tool is useful for applications where a jigsaw, handsaw or reciprocating saw can’t be used. The latter have blades which move relatively slowly over a large distance, so the blade can end up hitting stuff if there isn’t clearance. A multi-tool on the other hand has a head which moves very rapidly (typically 10,000 oscillations per second) over a small angle. So the accessory has a small range of movement perpendicular to, rather than towards the workpiece. A typical application of a multi-tool is to trim the underside of a door jamb so that tiles or flooring can be slid underneath. The tool can trim, but can also be used for plunge cutting, e.g. to cut out holes in plasterboard (hardwall) for fitting socket outlets.
All of the tools described above are available in cordless versions. Cordless tools have obvious advantages:
Cordless tools are available in 12, 18, 2and 3volt versions. If you buy a cordless tool, get one with two batteries so that you can have one battery on charge while using the other. Batteries are quite expensive when bought separately at a later stage.
The capacity of a cordless drill battery is measured in amp-hours or AH. Higher amp-hour capacity batteries will give longer use between charges. Most cordless tools now use lithium ion rechargeable batteries and this technology doesn’t suffer from the memory effect associated with older technology NiCd batteries. Also lithium batteries have a higher energy storage density than NiCd or NiMh. This results in a lighter battery for a given capacity. Another advantage of lithium batteries is that they hold their charge much longer, so a tool is always ready for use.
The latest trend in cordless tools is the use of brushless motors. The absence of brushes reduces friction, prolonging usage time when the battery is charged. Power output is also supposedly increased. Brushless tools are more expensive, so you may get a better deal on a cordless drill with brushes, which have somewhat dropped in price.
If you decide to buy a range of tools from the same manufacturer, a cheaper option is to buy the tools raw, i.e. without batteries. Then you can just buy a battery (and a spare if you want) and share it between tools as needed.
Air Tools and Compressors
An alternative to cordless/battery or corded/mains powered tools are air powered tools.The three main advantages of air or pneumatic tools are that they can be stalled without burning out, there’s no danger of electric shock and many of them are slimmer and can be used in tight spaces.
Comes with a year limited warranty and a 90 days money back guarantee.The guard has a quick release lever that makes it much convenient to move around. Also the side handle can be adjusted to different positions which allows a user to adjust the tool as per the task & at the same time maintain control & precision.
I personally like the fact that the guard can be adjusted without using any additional tools. With the slide switch, you can easily switch between the wheels. This ensures that you save a lot of time between different guard change. Sometimes the switch may get jammed if you are doing woodwork as there is no proper insulation which protects the switch from dust & wood shavings.
Areas of Improvement
A small complaint noted by certain users was the lack of case or bag to house the grinder & its accessories. Now if you are carrying this grinder to a remote job then yes this could be an issue as a bag could come in handy for keeping all the different wheels, different guards, wrench & grinder together.
So better option, If you are looking for a grinder with cutting wheels then probably you can check out which also comes with cutoff guard and grinding guard along with multiple grinding and cutting wheels.
The paddle switch is one step ahead of the cheap ones available in the market. It has a locking/non-locking paddle switch with an ease of usage. The switch runs through the entire length of the grinder and there is no limitation as to how can you hold it but the moment you leave it or let it go, the tool will stop.
There is a small latch positioned in the middle that needs to be flipped before the paddle switch can start working. No many other grinders provide Thumb Switches which forces you to hold the tool in a particular fashion so that you can reach the switch when you want to turn the grinder off. But this may not always be ideal scenario as you want the switch to be available whichever way you hold the tool.
This grinder comes with a nice case, various grinding wheels and a diamond cutter.
In all, the Grinder’s extra-large paddle switch makes it pretty comfortable to work with and it cuts through U-bolt and iron plate readily enough.
If you want to use this machine it is advisable to use it with Safety Glasses. If you are ordering this machine or any other grinder please do as well.
I also purchased a so that I could use it to remove rust from furniture kept outside, lawn equipments etc.
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Getting Rid of Rust
A die grinder is a must-have tool when you are working with older steel or iron machinery. Since rust forms when iron is exposed to moisture and oxygen, whenever your iron or steel tools are exposed, they may rust over time. a die grinder can effectively remove rust using an array of accessories.
When you’re repairing your vehicle for collision repairs, you probably have to strip off the pain to work on the bare metal. Die grinders can come in handy especially when you want to get rid of paint in the smaller areas that may be hard to reach using a sander. Alternatively, to remover the metal sheet that needs replacing, you can install a cutting wheel onto the grinder.
Right vs. Straight Angle
Conventional grinders are straight, where the tool rotates perpendicular to the length of the tool. In recent models, manufacturers introduced the right angle die grinders, with some coming built at 30 degrees. In some types of operations, the angled head is much easier to hold, but all angles to have their place. A right-angle grinder is best suited for grinding wheels that mount on to a shaft, and still has a variety of types of tips that can be mounted on it.
Cordless vs. Pneumatic Just like with other power tools, cordless die grinders are now entering the market, offering users great portability and ease of use. Although cordless die grinders are usually longer than the pneumatic ones, not having to drag the power cord or air hose around allows them to reach into more areas, some of which pneumatic die grinders simply can’t. Cordless grinders are often used on remote jobsites by contractors than by people working in a shop. Of course, the benefit of working off a battery isn’t apparent when working in a shop with power available throughout. Moreover, cordless die grinders require stopping to change the battery periodically.
Ingersol’s Rugged construction
The moment you hold the 301B in your hands, you’d know that this is a quality product. The aluminum housing feels solid and this can easily sustain vigorous use without a dip in performance. But it is not bulky, mind you. It weighs just a touch more than a pound and is approximately inches in length. The slight added weight due to the aluminum casing and the bearings allow vibration-free performance and helps to improve balance even when using this in tight corners. From polishing to de-burring, the compact form factor clubbed with the right-angle configuration allow this to reach almost anywhere. Most importantly, an accidental fall isn’t going to damage it.
The more compact a die grinder is, the easier it will be to use in space-constrained applications. It will be easier to grip and use even in tight spaces which is where it is used a lot of times. Another advantage of choosing a compact one is that the dimensions are proportional to the weight. The smaller it is, the lighter it will be.
The positioning of the air vent will determine whether the debris that results from the job will flow away from you or will be blown to your face instead. Most operators prefer a forward air vent and manufacturers are well aware of this fact. For this reason, most of the models in this list also have forward air vents.
A 3/hp induction motor means that the DeWalt DW75is a nice, powerful unit for home and commercial use. One of the best things about this unit is that it is capable of running at a very impressive 3,600 RPM without any compromise in quality or consistency. Another thing we really like is that this is a bench grinder that if well-maintained, can last for years and years. Overload protection maximizes the life of the motor while the tool-free adjustable guard allows for quick guard installations as well as adjustments.
When you combine such features with the quality construction such as the rugged cast iron base, you’ve got a very durable bench grinder for all grinding operations. The DW75has a 12.5-inch distance between the wheels allowing flexibility for both small and large applications. In the wheel guards, there are rear exhaust ports which allow for a smoother operation. While this is an 8-inch bench grinder at a competitive price, there are some flaws to keep in mind. The most common complaint is that the vibration produced by this bench grinder is excessive, causing the wheels to wobble which can make work on certain projects that little bit more difficult.
It’s safe to say that the POWERTEC BGSS80is one of the more unique bench grinders on the market. The 8-inch unit is a slow speed bench grinder. The RPM of 172is designed to stop tools from overheating which is something that most other units simply cannot offer. The 1/hp motor offers smooth and quiet operation which again, is something that is not easily found in bench grinders. Such features mean that the BGSS80is likely to last a long time, even with regular use. Grinding with this unit is made easy thanks to the wheels which are inch wide. Made from white aluminum oxide, they produce less heat than many other grinding wheels on the market.
The vibration of this bench grinder is minimal and is in fact reduced by the heavy gauge steel base which offers improved stability. While this is a fine bench grinder, it’s worth knowing that this is really for sharpening and light grinding and lacks the necessary power for heavier applications. Furthermore, some consumers have experienced problems with unbalanced wheels. Despite this, the POWERTEC BGSS80is a great option for lighter projects and for those who are seeking a quieter bench grinder.
You may be surprised when you see the steep price of the JET 57710but when you learn that it’s for industrial grade use, this makes much more sense. This 8-inch grinder makes it easy to complete a wide range of projects. One of the most important things to consider is the motor which is hp and provides 3450 RPM. This is plenty of power for heavy grinding. Despite its power, it runs very smoothly and offers very little in the way of vibration which makes work that little bit easier. This minimizes movement but the unit can also be bolted down if needed. This is helped by the rubber feet on the unit. What’s more, the level of noise is surprisingly low for a bench grinder of its power.
The JET 57710weighs 5lbs which while not super light, is certainly not heavy for a machine of this caliber. Cast iron wheel guards and dust vents, as well as pre-lubricated and sealed ball bearings, ensure the longevity of this bench grinder. Perhaps the only real problem with this unit is that the wheels can wobble and may require adjustment. However, this is not the case with all units and it is not a major issue.
Identify your needs
It may sound obvious but identifying what you need a bench grinder for is the single most important thing to consider before purchase. If you buy any bench grinder you find you may find out that it’s just not suitable for you. For example, if you’re looking to sharpen then you want a machine with a lower RPM. On the other hand, you’ll want a bench grinder with a higher RPM for buffering. Should you need a bench grinder for both, you should look for one that offers variable speeds. However this may cost more.
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Electric vs. Manual Meat Grinder
Are you debating if you should get an electric vs. manual meat grinder? Maybe you want to be in control of what goes in your food? Or maybe you are looking to experiment with different types of burgers. Whatever your reason is for considering a meat grinder, grinding your own meat will spoil you. Once you start grinding your own meat, you’re not going to want to go back to store-bought meat again. It is great feeling to be in control of what you eat. With a meat grinder, you won’t have to guess at what is in your ground meat. Read on to learn the advantages and disadvantages between an electric and manual meat grinder so you can decide which will best fit your needs.
Manual Meat Grinders
A manual grinder is also smaller than an electric one. If you have limited kitchen space, it doesn’t take as much room to store. So, if you live in a small apartment or house, you might choose to go with a manual grinder.
The biggest con of a manual grinder is the fact that you have to use your own muscles to grind the meat. You have to twist and crank it while feeding the meat through the grinder. It will give you a great arm workout though!
Some manual grinders also requires a surface that you can clamp it to. Sometimes our tables or kitchen counters have decorative edges or are thicker than normal, making it impossible to clamp a manual unit onto it. You need to have a surface that is not too thick with a straight edge to properly clamp a manual grinder on.
Something to keep in mind when you are using a manual grinder is meat handling and safety if you will be grinding large quantity of meat. Since a manual grinder does not grind as fast as an electric grinder, meat can warm up to unsafe temperature. It is best to keep most of the meat in the fridge or freezer and then take it out a batch at a time to grind it.
Electric Meat Grinders
An electric meat grinder can grind meat much faster and more efficiently than a hand crank grinder. There’s no doubt about that. You just feed the meat down the feeding chute and the electric grinder does the work for you.
It is also faster to set up than a manual meat grinder. With a manual unit, you have to fit it on to your work surface, twist the clamp to secure it, and then put all the attachments together before you can use it. With an electric one, you just plug it in put all the attachments on and start grinding.
I would say an electric grinder is more sanitary than a manual one. If you’re feeding the meat with your hands into a manual grinder, you will be using your hand to crank the grinder and can get meat juices all over the handle.
An electric grinder is definitely more expensive than manual grinder, there’s no question about that. You are paying for the convenience of making the whole meat grinding process easier, faster and more efficient.
To Sum It Up
It comes down to personal preferences and what you are buying a meat grinder for. There are some people who don’t mind grinding whole deer or cows with a manual grinder. I personally wouldn’t want to grind more than 2-pounds with a manual grinder. I have a manual pasta maker and the few times a year that I make pasta, I only make to pounds of pasta. I can’t imagine cranking out any more pasta than that. I think the same would go for a manual meat grinder. If you don’t think you’ll be grinding more than a few pounds of meat, then you should be fine with a manual grinder. Or if you have never grinded your own meat before and don’t think you’ll be using it that often, then save some money and get a manual meat grinder. However, if grinding your own meat is something that you see yourself doing more than just occasionally, then I’d recommend getting an electric meat grinder. The ease and speed of an electric meat grinder is definitely worth the cost.
Using a cutting board and knife, coffee grinder or scissors are probably the most common alternative methods, but tossing some bud into a medicine bottle with a coin and shaking it vigorously can do the trick in an emergency. Believe me I’ve been in all sorts of situations when you have to get creative to smoke your bud. I’ve even heard of people making electric homemade crushers from small table fans. Oh yes… never underestimate the power of a determined stoner.
But there’s something that all of these homemade alternatives have in common…
While these methods get the job done, they are incredibly inefficient. In fact they’re time intensive and laborious and did I already mention that you can lose quite a lot of precious THC crystals in the process, so it’s sacrilegious really.
If you want a quality smoke that you can roll tightly and smoke smoothly, then a professional herb grinder is definitely the way to go.
If you’ve ever browsed for the best cannabis grinders online, then you probably felt a little overwhelmed. With so many different makes, models, price ranges and options, choosing one likely felt impossible.
Acrylic piece herb Crusher
For those of you who prefer acrylic crushers over mental, then this shredder is for you. The acrylic grinder is perfect for those who travel a lot with their equipment. Its small and compact, but the razor sharp teeth, always gets the job done.
At nearly 2.inches wide, this basic acrylic grinder fits nicely in your hand and comes with a magnetic lid to keep everything in place. The stash compartment allows you to keep some bud with your grinder, ready for grinding. When ordering, you can choose from red, yellow, violet, green or blue.
The compact size of the acrylic crusher is a popular feature for lots of people. Some people like the easier movement of just a piece because you don’t have to worry about having to twist any other chambers. It’s the simplicity that makes this such an appealing shredder.
Aluminum piece window crusher
The Aluminum Window Herb Crusher is another popular choice among stoners, because like the acrylic crusher it’s simple piece size doesn’t complicate the grinding process, and the added bonus that you can see through the clear window how ground up your weed is an excellent touch.
This CNC machined 2-part metal herb grinder features a clear window in the lid so you can watch the sharp, diamond-shaped teeth gnash through your weed.
The magnetized lid ensures a secure fit, and the nylon friction ring makes for smooth grinding. You can choose from black, violet, green, pink, light blue, purple, orange, silver or gray. I personally love the look of this grinder, and I actually bought myself of these grinders to test out, because I couldn’t decide on the colors because I was spoilt for choice.
G-spot aluminum Piece
This G-Spot herb grinder is made of tough silver CNC-machined aluminum. It is equipped with sharp, diamond-shaped teeth to gnash through your bud with great ease, a pollen screen, and a kief catching bottom piece to collect pollen dust that can be gathered for re-use. Gathering the pollen dust is made extremely easy with the included plastic scraper. A nylon friction ring ensures smooth, wear-free grinding.
This stylish black grinder by G-Spot has a 62mm (2.inches) diameter and features a magnetized lid, with a laser engraved G-Spot logo, for a secure fit.
Chromium Crusher Metal piece
Based on our review, the Chromium Crusher is a 4-piece crusher available in different sizes and several colors, but what really sets it apart is its unique design. Crafted with diamond shaped teeth that create a smooth, fine grind, the heavy duty zinc alloy material gives this shredder the long term durability you want.
The circular hole pattern of the Crusher design allows for only the finest ground marijuana to pass through to the second chamber. Other brands use oval or different shaped holes to pass through herb, but in our experience this allows too much unground herb to pass through.
Of course, this wouldn’t be our number one crusher if it didn’t have a high quality screen to capture even the finest ground pieces of herb. This marijuana residue (called kief…which we discuss below) can really give you an otherworldly experience when smoked.
The Chromium Crusher is practically a steal as well. For all that quality you would expect a higher price point, but that just isn’t the case.
Golden Gate Metal Piece
The Golden Gate Grinder is a tough-as-nails, max-strength crusher crafted from aircraft grade aluminum.
This four-piece shredder is 2.inches in size and tailored with ultra sharp teeth, spaced for a nice, fine grind. Fit with a neodymium magnet in the lid, it keeps the top of the shredder in place for a clean shred, plus helps seal in odor and freshness. We were contemplating if we should add this product to our review but after using it a couple of times, we definitely had to do it. It is the most efficient marijuana crushers that we’ve ever used. So, it is surely worth a try.
The sides of this crusher are textured so your fingers don’t slip while grinding and the black matte finish is scratch resistant for a nice cool appearance. It also happens to be smudge-proof and won’t peel or flake either.
We love this herb grinder because it is one of the more economical options available, so why isn’t it ranked number 1?
It misses the number one spot purely by price, because you just can’t beat the price of some of the other products, however if you don’t mind paying just a few more dollars for something that tickles your fancy a bit more, then go ahead and click right here.
Platinum METAL Piece Grinder
The Platinum Grinder is another crusher engineered out of aircraft grade aluminum. This material gives it an undeniable durability and longevity that many wooden or acrylic crushers simply cannot guarantee.
This model comes with 4diamond shaped teeth for a more effortless grind and the neodymium magnet lid keeps everything in place.
Platinum grinders come with multiple compartments (to be exact), but what we really dig about it is the pollen catcher. You can collect the pollen and once you have enough, make pollen hash with it. Or you can just smoke it on its own for a different experience.
This weed grinder is best used for dry weed or herbs because the design of the grooves in the pollen catcher make damp herb more likely to become stuck.
With this crusher you really can’t beat the price. It is beyond affordable, so if you’re on a tighter budget.
Zip METAL CRUSHER
Zip Grinders are not your average crusher They are large and in charge, measuring in at 2.5” in diameter and 3.5” high with a nice clear chamber. What’s even better, you can store up to tablespoons of ground marijuana in that chamber.
This shredder is super powerful thanks to its masterfully placed, diamond shaped grinder teeth. They also happen to make for a super consistent grind.
Included with this herb shredder is a 100 micron mesh pollen screen, a scraper and box to help you make the most of your herb. As you grind you can actually see your herb pass through the mesh screen and collect in the clear chamber.
Obviously such a big herb grinder isn’t always conducive if you’re traveling, so what makes this model particularly cool is that you can remove the clear centre chamber and take the other three, more compact-sized pieces, on the go.
Made with premium grade aluminum, you can buy this shredder in different colours such as gold and black. The price is also exceptionally affordable for such a high-quality piece. While we love many things about this herb crusher, we added it to our top due to the quality and the price.
Just to Wrap Things Up
So if you didn’t know anything about weed grinders before then, you do now. I hope this article answered all the questions you had about herb crushers and why they are such a necessary tool for the modern day stoner.
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Why A Die Grinder
The versatility and application value of die grinders cannot be stressed enough. As much as metalworking demands these power tools to be present at hand, woodworking employs them as well to produce artistic sculpturing in combination with carbide burrs.
Steel and iron get old, at which point they start to rust. In tandem with the right accessories, die grinders can get rid of accumulated or burgeoning rust – much like it can the car paint mentioned earlier.
Speaking of steel, polishing and smoothing is an absolute must-do if your end result is to look the part. It does require a bit of skill to match the blend with the steel’s general finish, so learn to move the grinder properly over welded segments to get the best result. The same can, of course, be done with wood.
Some of the most commonly used techniques for die grinding include: buffing (aka polishing), honing, grinding (using bonded abrasives), lapping, sanding (using coated abrasives), and machining (using a drill bit or burr).
We highly recommend that you also shop for safety equipment for use in conjunction with your die grinder. Your skin, nasal cavities (from chemicals), skin, face, eyes, and ears (hearing) need to be safeguarded. These are by no means silent or forgiving power tools.
Milwaukee 2460-2M112-Volt Rotary Tool Kit
The fact that this ‘little wonder’ can produce high performance results even under heavy load has pushed it to No-on our list. The exhaust ports are made after the grinder style, with front bearing protection – this design has improved lifespan by tenfold.
Its speed is variable and within the welcome range of 5,000 to 32,000. Additionally, this model is ten times faster than most of its competition. There seems to be no holding this firebrand back when it comes to efficiency and industrial appeal.
This cordless lithium-ion operated grinder ensures mobility and long-term use; despite being battery operated. The 1volt motor beautifully complements the Red Lithium battery technology incorporated into the Milwaukee 2460-2What does this mean for you (especially if you happen to be a remodeler, electrician, plumber, or maintenance contractor)? Better run time and performance, that’s what. Your polishing, grinding, sanding, and cutting tasks are certain to benefit from what this piece brings to the worktable.
You also get a red Milwaukee soft bag to hold all your tools and accessories in neat compartments. A battery and charger are also included in this kit. Ideal for working in tight spots or wide-open spaces, the incredibly versatile Milwaukee 2460-2is worth checking out, despite the steeped price tag. Note: extra battery will be required; this tool can get quite hungry when it gets started.
Factors To Consider InDie Grinder Selection
The ability to withstand heavy use over a stretch of time… This is a must-have factor for die grinders. The air-powered models bring enhanced durability and accuracy to your projects. Below are some of the key topics to keep in mind while shopping for die grinders.
From 950 to 20,000 there is a veritable spectrum of rpm speeds for die grinders. They can come designed with gears or remain gearless. It is not uncommon to find a ¼-inch collets and rear exhaust in grinders that handle horsepower. With.hp models, you will be spoiled for choices. Extended right angle, degree offset, gear or gearless, simple right angle, and straight line form factor are some of the common technical points you need to dwell on.
Collets & Uses
Often, die grinders come designed to be able to hold diverse tips, and so have ¼-inch collets. Cordless models and pencil grinders, on the other hand, rely on 1/8-inch collets. Tips include: cut-off wheels, carbide cutting tips, sanding disks, and grinding wheels. Such variety means improved versatility for die grinding technology.
Which Dog Nail Clippers Should You Pick
The dog nail clippers you pick will depend upon your experience with clippers and your comfort with using them. If you are experienced with grooming a dog, you’ll probably use the guillotine-style dog nail clippers as they give precise cuts and you can replace the blades with ease which saves you money in the long run. If your dog is a bit edgy about nail clipping or you are a beginner, a dog nail grinder may be your best starter.
Money will also play a factor in your decision on choosing which clippers to get. Whatever you decide to use, it’s important to take your time with the clipping procedure so you’re calm and your dog is comfortable. Once you get used to it, your dog will enjoy the experience.
Resco Original Deluxe Dog Nail Clippers
What does a replaceable cutting blade mean for you? No more nail trimmer purchases! With your Resco Dog Nail Trimmer you’ll only need to replace your blade if it gets dull with the PF0400 or PF0440 Resco cutting blade replacement kit. Lifetime warranty.
Dog Nail Clippers with Quick Sensor For Large Breed Dog
Easy to Use, the Cut Is Clean and Precise, and They Cut Straight Through With Little Pressure. Sharp Stainless Steel Nail Clipper Designed For Life Long Clean Cutting. The Safety Guard Eases Any Fear of Cutting the Quick.
How To Properly Groom A Dog and Clip Dog Nails
Professional dog groomers have undergone dog grooming training to take special care when they groom a dog, especially when it comes to clipping. The trimmers must securely go over the nails’ diameter and not cut at an angle. If you plan on doing this part of the dog grooming task at home, you need to know where you must cut and how deep into the nail to clip.
The majority of dogs hate this part of the dog grooming process; it’s extremely stressful to them.
Who this is for
A good grinder makes all the difference in brewing a balance, flavorful pot of coffee. Photo: Michael Hession
If you consider your morning (or afternoon, or anytime) coffee a serious matter, you’ve likely already heard that the most important item in your brewing setup is a quality burr grinder. Unevenly ground coffee will brew unevenly, yielding a muddied or overly bitter cup. So a good grinder is integral to keeping the most essential part of your brewing technique—the coffee itself—at its most flavorful, and it will ensure the consistency required to produce, and reproduce, that flavor.
A good grinder will turn an alright coffee routine into a great coffee routine. If you’re currently brewing pre-ground coffee (which is quickly going stale from the minute it’s ground), or using a subpar grinder (especially a budget, blade-style grinder), switching to a reliable burr grinder will significantly improve the flavor of your cup. Drinking coffee brewed from fresh, properly ground coffee, you’ll quickly detect the difference in aromatics, flavor, sweetness, acidity, and dimension and body.
A good grinder will turn an alright coffee routine into a great coffee routine.
A burr grinder also allows for a broad choice of brewing devices and types of coffee: It can grind coarsely enough for a good French press or cold-brew batch, but also nails a medium grind for drip. Whether you make coffee at home once a day or once an hour, whether you brew with a Hario V60 and a precision scale or just dump it all into a French press carafe or an automatic drip basket, and whether you buy your whole beans at the grocery store or order them direct from Norway, how well your grinder performs will have a tremendous effect on the end brew.
How we picked
From left to right: the Baratza Encore, Baratza Virtuoso, Porlex Mini Hand Grinder, and Capresso Infinity. Photo: Michael Hession
When researching and testing grinders, we prioritized grind size consistency as the number one thing good grinders do right. It’s the most important feature if you want to get the most even, balanced extraction with every brew. From there, we sought out a variety of other grinder features, ranging from the essential to the nice-to-have:
How we tested
The full lineup: Seven electric burr grinders, one blade grinder, and two hand grinders. Photo: Michael Hession
We tested the grinders in a rigorous setting (with access to professional palates and a suite of brewing and analytical equipment), taking over the Counter Culture Coffee lab in Manhattan. Counter Culture pros Matt Banbury and Ryan Ludwig helped us grind, brew, and taste one of their staple coffees, the Fast Forward blend, and measured how well the coffee extracted from the grounds using professional tools.
To find the right grind setting on each machine for brewing, and to test for grind-size consistency, we used Kruve coffee sieves, specially invented to help coffee professionals eliminate under-ground “boulder” coffee particles and over-ground “fines.” The Kruve is a set of stacked screens that separate coffee pieces at the target grind size (in our case, the ideal size for the drip coffee machine we used) from any irregular particles. When we arrived at the grind setting that had the most target-sized particles and least overs and unders, we stayed on that setting for our brew test.
The Kruve sifter separates out fines and boulders. Photo: Michael Hession
During the grinding process, we timed how fast each grinder performed at different settings, as well as how easy it was to use and clean. We also paid attention to ancillary issues like whether the machines were noisy or made a huge mess on the countertop, and we kept an eye out for potential durability issues or weaknesses in workmanship as well.
Counter Culture’s Matt Banbury inspects grounds from the OXO Barista Brain. Photo: Michael Hession
Then we brewed coffee from each grinder on an 8-cup Bonavita BV1900TS brewer (the runner-up in our guide to coffee makers). After tasting each coffee for a balanced, delicious brew that fell in line with what the Counter Culture team expected of Fast Forward, we used a refractometer to measure the extraction percentage (essentially, how much coffee you get from the coffee grounds). This measurement let us know how much of the coffee was dissolved into the water, and thus how successful the extraction of the grinds was. A well-extracted cup of coffee should measure at between 1to 2percent extraction on a refractometer, says Counter Culture’s Matt Banbury. For their Fast Forward coffee, the team found it tasted best when results measured between 19.and 20.percent.
Measuring TDS and extraction. Photo: Michael Hession
Timing our grind. Photo: Michael Hession
A commercial-grade Mahlkönig EK4grinder. Photo: Michael Hession
We also used the refractometer to measure the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) of each brew. TDS, explains Counter Culture’s Banbury, is a helpful way to measure how many solids are in a solution based on the light refracted by the particles within. For the purposes of our testing, it provided a useful guidepost for evaluating the grind quantitatively as well as qualitatively. But it’s not necessarily a be-all-end-all decider when evaluating coffee, says Banbury. “Presently, there is no tool on the consumer market capable of substituting for a developed palate when it comes to coffee extraction. Tasting the difference between over- and under-extraction remains the best tool for ‘dialing in’ a brewing recipe.”
The even grind of the professional-grade Mahlkönig EK4 Photo: Michael Hession
Coffee ground in the Baratza Encore (on a slightly finer setting than the Mahlkönig EK43). Photo: Michael Hession
The same grounds from the Encore, after sifting in the Kruve. Photo: Michael Hession
Coffee ground with a blade grinder, exhibiting many boulders and fines. Photo: Michael Hession
While it’s physically inescapable that even the most consistent burr grinder will produce at least some amount of particles smaller and larger than the target grind size, we found the Encore performed best at grinding evenly. Using the Kruve sieve set to measure the amount of oversized and undersized particles created on a medium grind setting, the Encore hit the target best of all the home grinders we tested. The professional-grade Mahlkönig EK4yielded a more uniform grind than anything else, but the Encore (along with the Virtuoso) came closest. As expected, the grinder that produced the most consistent grinds also produced the best tasting coffee to our panel, results that were also corroborated by Counter Culture’s coffee refractometer. The coffee we brewed with the Baratza Encore had an extraction percentage of 19.5percent—right on the money, and the best of all the grinders we tested (with the Virtuoso a very near second)—and a TDS measurement of 1.3on our very first try. (The Capresso Infinity, our budget pick, also scored well in this evaluation.)
All of this underscores how impressed we were with this grinder for making it supremely easy to produce a great cup of coffee. Absent the bells and whistles of nearly all the competitors we tested—like the built-in scale on the OXO Barista Brain or the precision of the Breville SmartGrinder Pro—the Encore boasts only a modest on/off (actually it’s on/off/on/off!) toggle dial on the side and push-down pulse button on the front of the machine. But we don’t see its simplicity as a real drawback. Other machines we tested, like the Breville SmartGrinder Pro, were confusing, with dials and digital settings that were unintuitive or overly detailed (the Breville has 60 different grind settings and a timer that measures fractions of second). The Encore, on the other hand, is easy to use and more than sufficient for the average home coffee drinker.
Grind settings on the Encore. Photo: Michael Hession
The Encore’s amusing on/off/on/off switch. Photo: Michael Hession
Looking inside the conical burrs of the Encore. Photo: Michael Hession
You can adjust the grind size easily on the Encore by turning the hopper to the preferred tick mark (measured in numbered intervals from 0 to 40, 40 being the coarsest) on its base, allowing you to quickly move from setting to setting and remember your preferences—generally a common feature among the grinders we tested, except the Krups whose intervals between grind settings were inconsistently sized. It took us 30 seconds to grind 6grams of medium-grind coffee appropriate for filter brewing—enough to make several servings, depending on your coffee machine’s interpretation of the word “cup.” This speed fell about in the middle of the other grinders we tested at this setting.
Baratza Virtuoso Coffee Grinder
If you’re willing to pay more, the Baratza Virtuoso is a nearly identical grinder to the Encore, but it has a slightly speedier burr set, a timer-switch on the side, and a heavier base that helps the grinder stay in calibration. In a previous version of this guide, the Virtuoso was our top pick, but in more recent testing, we found the grind consistency comparable to that of the Encore. So, since you’re paying more for the features rather than the performance, we think it’s only worth the investment for serious coffee lovers.
The Virtuoso is also a little better-looking than the Encore, with a cast zinc body that may complement modern decor better than the simple matte black Encore. But none of its extra features was enough to convince our team to recommend a nearly hundred-dollar-higher spend over the Encore. While it’s a little more convenient for repeatability to have a timer switch instead of one you flip on and off, that timer is still somewhat vague: there are no numbers or time increments indicated, just different thicknesses of lines (the Capresso Infinity’s timer is very similar). Absent the (theoretical) precision of actual countdown timers like on the OXO On grinder or Breville SmartGrinder Pro, this added feature on the Virtuoso is good but not great.
The Baratza Virtuoso’s timer switch. Photo: Michael Hession
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Not mains powered
That’s the end of our list, and we’re sure you will agree there are some interesting choices for you to consider. From the practical through the stylish, and even the novelty items, you are sure to find one you like, so before we wrap up, let’s consider some of the features you need to look out for.
Important Features to Consider
So, you have decided you need a spice/coffee grinder – of course you do, as no home should be without one! What do need to look for when making your decision? Let’s recap:
Powered or Not – of the ten above, eight are mains powered, while two are manual grinders. The powered ones are easier to use, but the manual ones are more of a novelty, although still usable.
Capacity – most have a capacity of 70g, which is perfectly adequate, but beware that a few are somewhat less, so consider your options carefully.
Price – cost is always going to be factor, and these range from a few pounds to almost £50, so there is plenty to think about when buying one of these.
That’s about it when considering spice grinders, as fundamentally they are designed to do one job – grind stuff! Now that we’ve convinced you that you really need one – and you won’t regret it – all that remains is to wrap things up!
DEWALT DW840K 7-Inch Angle Grinder
This china made inch grinders are 19.pounds in weight and the motor provided 8,000 RPM speed. You can adjust the adjustable guard to redirect sparks away from you. The rear handles of DEWALT DW840K is designed for comfortable use and greater control.
You will get a carrying bag contained with 2-Position Side Handle, Adjustable Guard, Grinding Wheels, Wrench, and Backing Flange along with DEWALT DW840K.
Random Orbit Sander
A random orbit sanders features a round pad that moves in a random pattern to prevent gouging, and can handle any job, from rough to finish sanding. Random orbit sanders are among the most polyvalent of all sanders types and are usually available in four models:
Palm-grip: Compact and lightweight; perfect for smaller projects like sanding drywall or stripping furniture.
Pistol-grip: Larger and more powerful; offers smoother finishes; perfect for working on tabletops and casework.
Pneumatic sanders: Powered by compressors; powerful and versatile.
Our recommendation: Bosch – 6-1/2-amp 6-Inch Random Orbit Sander with Vacuum Port – 1250DEVS
Belt sanders use a pulley-driven loop, and are perfect for removing large amounts for wood quickly. They are your best ally when it comes to large areas and rough sanding, such as sanding doors, tabletops or other uneven areas.
Our recommendation: Makita – 4 X 24 Belt Sander – 9403
Also called a corner sander, a detail sander features a triangular sanding pad that can sand curves and profile shapes with ease. These sanders are perfect for sanding in tigh spots, like around chair spindles.
Our recommendation: Bosch – Corner/Detail Sander Kit – 1294VSK
Power and Sandpaper
Sanders are powered with electricity, batteries, or air compressors. Electric sanders are usually more portable and economical, making them more convenient for moving between jobsites, or rooms of your home. On the other hand, pneumatic sanders are generally more powerful and work faster, but require a compressor, which may be difficult to transport. Regardless of the power source is the better fit, you will need to determine which type of sanding accessory is the best for you. Surfaces range from very fine to rough and coarse, depending on the task you need it for.
Bosch – Detail Triangle, Hook & Loop Sanding Sheet, Red, 80 Grit (25pk) – SDTR082
Samona/ROK – 3pk 100 Grit 3″ x 18″ Sanding Belt – 44852
Grinders can be used for removing both non-ferrous and ferrous metals, as well as various applications with paint, rust, concrete, wood, marble, slate, stone and tile. They can also polish and brighten metal, buff, grind, sand, cut, and notch. Even more, you can use them to level or deburr surfaces. The key to such versatility lies in the grinding wheel. Also, knowing which wheel will be more effective for specific tasks is essential for achieving the right results. Take a look at the chart below to help you choose which wheels you will need to use for a specific job:
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Straight Grinders wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Straight Grinders
- №1 — Makita GD0601 1/4-Inch Die Grinder
- №2 — DEWALT DWE4887 1-1/2-Inch
- №3 — Makita GS5000 5-Inch Straight Grinder