Keys to Renting the Right Grinder
When you go to rent a grinder at your local ARA-affiliated rental store, tell the rental professionals there all about the project that you plan to complete, so that they can advise you on which grinder will best meet your needs. Examples of details that they will need to know include the type, size, condition and location of surface that you plan to grind, as well as the type, thickness and age of the coatings applied to that surface. This information will help determine which variation of the following grinder attributes that you will need.
- Type. You can rent a wide variety of grinders. For more information on the types of grinders available, see Types of Grinders You Can Rent.
- Power source. Rental grinders can run on electricity, gasoline or propane. When you do grinding inside and have access to electricity, an electric model of grinder often works best. Keep in mind that some of the industrial grinders require 230V of electricity. You can use gas-powered grinders only on outside surfaces. Propane grinders also offer more freedom of use since they do not require electricity.
- Single or multiple disc. Some rental grinders feature only one cutting disc, while other designs have two to four cutting discs. Multiple discs allow you to grind a wider area in one pass, which aids in grinding a large surface. Counter rotating discs make controlling the grinder easier because it keeps it from pulling to one side or the other.
- Wet grinding feature. Rental grinders designed for wet grinding include a water tank. Wet grinding helps to control dust. One disadvantage of wet grinding is that depending upon what material you remove, you could create a hazardous waste that requires you to dispose of it in a special manner. When wet grinding, avoid using excess water.
- Vacuum capabilities. Some rental grinders come with built-in dust collection systems. Other grinders allow you to attach a vacuum to them for dust collecting. Having a vacuum capability on a grinder lessens the amount of dust in the air that you breathe and keeps the work area cleaner.
Contact your local, ARA-affiliated, rental store for information on available rental products and services to meet your grinder needs. To locate the rental store nearest you, use the Rental Store Quick Locator above.