June 1, 2010
Metabo Corp. offers an electronic 6-in. angle grinder/cutoff machine with a nonlocking paddle switch. The WEP14-150 Quick "Deadman" turns off automatically when released or dropped.
With a 12.2-amp motor, the machine is suitable for use by welders, pipe fitters, plumbers, steam fitters, mechanical contractors, and those in the metal fabrication and mechanical trades. Its Vibratech side handle reduces vibration up to 60 percent, reports the company, while its “racket” grip design helps ensure secure operation.
The grinder also features a toolless wheel change system, a burstproof locking wheel guard with seven positions, and the S-Automatic safety slip clutch to help protect the operator from kickback by absorbing torque if the wheel binds or snags.
The dust protection system comprises an encapsulated on/off switch and autostop carbon brushes, double-lipped labyrinth sealed bearings, the manufacturer's dust-deflecting winding protection grid, and epoxy-coated field coil windings.
The grinder weighs 6.1 lbs. and delivers 1,400 Watts of power, 31 in.-lbs. of torque, and a no-load speed of 9,000 RPM.