What is an Angle Grinder Used for? Here's 7 Handy Uses for Your Build

cleaning a metal pipe with an angle grinder
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So, exactly what is an angle grinder used for? Unlike some other power tools, its name doesn't necessarily give away much about its purpose — after all, a screwdriver is used to drive screws, the name says it all. 

Well, the primary purpose of an angle grinder is to grind metal — basically to even and smooth out in the same way that a sander is used for wood. An angle grinder is a handheld tool that does this using abrasive discs, which it spins at a high velocity. 

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title Livingetc.com and former digital editor of homebuilding.co.uk. He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.