Pneumatic Die Grinders in the Woodshop
These versatile tools solve a host of small shop cutting, grinding and sanding problems
Synopsis: Greg Scholl explains how straight grinders, angle grinders, and microgrinders prove their usefulness in his shop. He talks about why pneumatic grinders have an advantage over electric ones, and how their main disadvantage is that they require frequent oiling. He uses them to shape wood without clogging or catching. Scholl uses them for sanding, removing rust from old tools, and cutting and grinding metal – handy when restoring old furniture that has hidden, embedded nails. He also shares important safety tips.
I first saw a pneumatic die grinder in action on one of those Saturday morning, television shows for backyard mechanics. The host was removing metal from an engine block with incredible speed and control. His knuckles weren’t white. He wasn’t cursing. I’m a professional woodworker, not a mechanic, but I knew I had to have one of these tools. And I’ve never regretted buying my first pneumatic die grinder—…