Die Grinders

straight die grinder

Die grinders are among the handiest and most versatile tools available. You can use them to remove paint and rust, clean welds, polish stainless steel, enlarge holes, and port and polish.

Air-powered die grinders are light and compact—made to perform precise cutting and shaping tasks in confined and hard-to-reach areas. Unlike electric die grinders, pneumatic die grinders can’t burn out. They do consume a lot of air, though—usually between 10 and 20 cubic feet per minute (cfm). For improved efficiency, look for higher quality die grinders. They use less air and often deliver smoother operation and more power. 

If you want to learn more about die grinders, read on. This post looks at the following:

At KMS Tools, we have an unbeatable selection of pneumatic die grinders, from top-of-the-line die grinders designed for everyday professional use to budget-friendly tools for that occasional job.

Stop by kmstools.com, check out our monthly flyer or a location near you and find an incredible sale price on your next die grinder.

Here are a few of our favourites:

Chicago Pneumatic CP9107

die grinder chicago pneumatic cp9107

With its innovative and ergonomic pistol grip, the Chicago Pneumatic CP9107 delivers one-handed control and improved operator comfort over a long work day.

Collet: 1/4″
Motor: 0.32 hp
Exhaust: through handle
No load speed: 17,000 rpm
Average air consumption: 8 cfm
Air pressure: 90-120 psi
Sound pressure: 81 dBA
Sound power: 92 dBA
Vibration level: 2 m/s²
Length: 4.7″ (120 mm)
Weight: 1.5 lbs (0.7 kg)

Ingersoll Rand 308B

die grinder IR 308B

With a lightweight composite housing, the 308B insulates your hand from the cold compressed air blasting through the handle. This die grinder is powerful, fast (25,000 rpm) and comfortable to operate.

Collet: 1/4″
Motor: 0.33 hp
Exhaust: rear
No load speed: 25,000 rpm
Average air consumption: 7 cfm
Air pressure: 90-120 psi
Sound pressure: 92 dBA
Sound power: 102 dBA
Length: 6.85″ (198 mm)
Weight: 1.02 lbs (0.46 kg)

Master Palm Mini 31020

die grinder master palm 31020

Super compact and comfortable, the 31020 fits in your palm and cranks out up to 0.25 hp. Pretty impressive numbers for a little guy. The Master Palm Mini 38030 1/4″ angle die grinder is also available.

Collet: 1/4″ / 1/8″
Motor: 0.25 hp
No load speed: 25,000 rpm
Average air consumption: 11.3 cfm
Air pressure: 80 psi
Sound pressure: 81 dBA
Length: 4.8″
Weight: 0.6 lbs (0.27 kg)

Astro Pneumatic 2181B

die grinder astro pneumatic ap-2181b

This 1/4″ straight die grinder features a composite handle and includes an eight-piece carbide burr set, offering great value for a medium-duty tool.

Collet: 1/4″
Motor: 0.33 hp
No load speed: 22,000 rpm
Average air consumption: 3 cfm
Air pressure: 90-120 psi
Length: 6.75″ (171 mm)
Weight: 1.4 lbs (0.63 kg)

Performance Tool M566DB

die grinders Performance Tool M566DB

The M566DB is an economical solution for sanding, grinding, polishing and more.

Collet: 1/4″ / 1/8″:
No load speed: 22,000 rpm
Average air consumption: 4 cfm
Air pressure: 90 psi
Length: 6.8″
Weight: 1.4 lbs (0.63 kg)

How Die Grinders Work

A die grinder uses a collet (often 1/4″) to secure various attachments. These include mounted points, wire cups and wheels, rotary burrs, rasps, sanding pads, flap discs and cut-off wheels. Compressed air powers the die grinder’s motor, and you can adjust the motor’s speed with an on-board regulator. Most die grinders spin between 17,000 – 30,000 rpm without a load.

Because they are compatible with so many accessories, die grinders are popular with automotive repair and maintenance technicians, autobody professionals, welders and fabricators, and even furniture makers and woodcarvers.

Die Grinder Features

Pneumatic die grinders are available as either straight or angled. Most automotive shops have one of each. Straight die grinders turn at higher speeds and are great for porting manifolds and cylinder heads. Angled die grinders are excellent for polishing, sanding and grinding welds, and they can operate in areas that your sander or electric angle grinder can’t access.

The latest die grinders, like this pistol-grip CP9107, feature upgraded ergonomics that make them more comfortable and easier to use over long periods of time.

Die Grinder Applications and Attachments

As mentioned earlier, die grinders can spin a number of attachments, and this makes them useful for many projects. See the chart below to find the right attachment for your project.

TASK ATTACHMENT
Smoothening and polishing steel Roloc abrasive discs, buffing wheels
Removing rust and paint from iron or steel Wire cups/wheels or Roloc abrasive discs
Cleaning welds Flap discs, wire cups/brushes, mounted points
Porting manifolds and cylinder heads Carbide burrs, rotary burrs, mounted points
Wood carving and furniture making Rotary bits and rasps, sanding discs
Cutting sheet metal, bolts, etc. Cut-off wheels

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