The vertical grinder is a face grinder that consists of a large chuck with a grinding plate and two cam locks. This type of grinder is used in a number of applications. It is ideal for face grinding, flat grind, and polishing. Many variations of the vertical grinder exist, which allows for many combinations of functions. A vertical grinder is normally a sliding piece of metal that fits into the chuck and is secured with a set of locking pins.
One of the most advantageous characteristics of the vertical grinder is its durability and low-friction design. Because the vertical grinder has no moving parts, it requires a very low amount of maintenance and is easy to maintain. In addition, because the vertical grinder has a larger surface area than a standard chuck, it experiences less distortion during operation and produces a higher quality polished finish. Another benefit of the vertical grinder is that it is able to produce a greater range of finish than a standard chuck. This is achieved through the use of a larger cutting surface and grinding wheel. Additionally, because the vertical grinder allows for a greater angle of attack than a standard chuck, the workpiece can be ground at a greater angle than it would with a standard chuck.
For many contractors, using a vertical grinder in one setup can eliminate the need to use two different pieces of equipment. In a single setup, there is only one piece of equipment necessary to control the workpiece. When multiple pieces are needed to operate on the same workpiece, it can lead to a number of problems including a reduction in accuracy and productivity. Using one setup also eliminates the risk of the workpiece rocking while it is being worked. In one installation, all of the potential errors are eliminated.
The use of a vertical grinder in one setup also reduces material removal. Removing material from one workpiece during the grind can reduce the efficiency of the machine. Many grinders are equipped with a material removal head that can be used to help speed up the process of removing material. However, a vertical grinder typically does not have this option. Instead, all of the material is removed via the grinding head.
With a vertical grinder, the amount of material that can be removed per cycle is greatly reduced. This is because the grinders use a much smaller circular area in order to create consistent results. Since less material is required to create a successful grinding job, a higher degree of precision is always obtained. Also, the amount of force used to create a professional finish is significantly less than what is required when using a standard chuck. Because fewer parts are required to function, a vertical grinder has the ability to provide a more precise and controlled workpiece fit and finish.
Lastly, the amount of backlash is less with a vertical machine because the chuck and spindle focus is located at the top of the vertical unit. This allows for a smooth, quiet performance with minimal vibration and noise. While all of these benefits are important to end users, the most common reason why these grinders are so popular is due to the level of precision they offer. Regardless, of whether the user needs a high degree of accuracy or a low level of performance, a vertical grinder is an excellent choice.