Grinding on the side of your grinding wheel is a common question in our shop. The answer is yes and no. Yes, you can grind on the side of your wheel, and no it isn't dangerous to do so. However, there are some potential issues that arise when grinding on the side of a wheel.
We’ve all had that moment when a project is more work than we expected and we come down to the wire trying to finish on time. The grinding wheel is spinning, sparks are flying, and you can’t quite get enough material off your workpiece fast enough. You look at the side of your grinding wheel and for a split second consider jumping on it with your piece of metal in hand to speed things up. In this situation, I have two things to say: (1) Don't do it! And (2), if you must do it, at least be safe about it.
If your decision-making process goes like mine does most days when working with machinery or any kind of power tool—which means considering whether or not I should take my safety glasses off—then there is almost no chance that getting close enough to touch the side of an active grinding wheel will occur without some thought given beforehand.
Grinding on the side of a grinding wheel is not recommended, as it can cause damage to your workpiece or your grinding wheel.
When you're grinding on the side of a diamond grinding wheel, you risk damaging your workpiece. If you have an extremely sharp edge on your tool (like one from a bench grinder), then it's possible for that edge to get caught in the groove between two diamonds and catch it up. This can cause chipping or breaking off bits from both sides of your tool at once. You'll also need to be careful when using tools with very large profiles—if they become stuck in between two diamonds, they can bend or even break under pressure.
It is not recommended to grind on the side of a grinding wheel. Grinding on the side of a grinding wheel can cause damage to your grinding wheel and your workpiece, as well as pose dangers for you and others.
You can grind on the side of a grinding wheel if you remove the flange first. Flanges are usually threaded and can be removed using a wrench.
If you're using two or more wheels to increase the diameter of your grinding wheel, it's important to stack them together carefully and fasten them with threaded rods so that they don't fall off while you're working.
Flanges are the part of the wheel that connects it to the grinder. They have a threaded hole in their center, and they can be removed from the wheel by unscrewing them. Flange sizes and thread types vary depending on your grinding requirements, but they are often made of metal and come in various lengths.
To remove the flange from the wheel, you will need the following tools:
If you want to make a bigger grinding wheel, it's easy. You can stack multiple wheels together and fasten them to your grinder. There are many ways to do this—threaded rods, bolts, metal bands, clamps and straps are all popular choices. It's up to you which method is best for your project!
Always be careful when stacking wheels because they could fall off while you're grinding and injure someone. If your grinder has a shaft, don't stack more than one wheel on top of another. And if it doesn't have a shaft, don't even think about stacking more than two wheels!
To keep the wheels secure, use threaded rods to connect them all together. Use nuts and washers to hold the rod in place. Use a wrench to tighten the nuts, then use a threading tool to clean up the threads. Finally, use a drill with a bit that is slightly larger than the shaft of your threaded rod so that you can make holes for them to pass through on each side of your grinding wheel platform (see image below).
You can, but it's not recommended. The only time you should grind on the side of a grinding wheel is if you've already removed the flange and are just finishing up a job.
For more information on removing and replacing grinding wheels, check out our guide to grinding wheels in general here.
In conclusion, grinding on the side of your grinding wheel is not recommended. It can cause damage to your workpiece and your grinding wheel. However, there are times when you may need to do this if you are unable to get close enough or if there is no other way around it. If so then make sure that you don't grind too long before dressing off the surface of your grinding wheel and monitoring it closely while doing so.