Instant-brake grinders add to safety

March 27, 2012

Instant-brake grinders add to safety -

Metabo Corp. has introduced two new angle grinders designed to stop wheel rotation in 2 sec. or less when the deadman safety switch is released, reducing the likelihood of injuries. Suitable for heavy-duty grinding and cutting applications, both grinders feature a 12.2-amp motor and 1,400 W of power.

The WEPBA14-125 Quick offers a no-load speed of 10,000 RPM and a maximum wheel diameter of 5 in. The WEPBA14-150 Quick provides a no-load speed of 9,000 RPM and a maximum wheel diameter of 6 in.

The instant-brake system has been tested to 50,000 cycles with no failures. The tools also feature the company's autobalance technology; while the tool is in use, ball bearings automatically offset out-of-balance conditions present in the grinding accessory, reducing vibration. This feature helps to reduce the risk of cumulative work-related disorders, minimize operator fatigue, and increase grinding disc and tool life, the company states.

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