It is easy to work with sharp tools or devices than with round ones. There is a misconception of sharpened cutting, trimming or digging tools being dangerous. But the fact is – blunt tools are more menacing than the sharpened ones. It is not easy to work with blunt tools. You have to put in additional effort to cut, dig, trim or do any such similar tasks. There’s a high risk of slipping or missing a move while using a blunt tool – which might lead to getting cuts and bruises in the process. Thus, it is equally important to sharpen every type of device that has sharp edges.
Sharpening a spade will make it easier for you to cut through roots, sod, and soil. You can use a sharpening stone or file to stimulate the edge of a spade, but the process is time-consuming. Also, it is a daunting task to use a sharpening stone or file. The best and a more convenient option is an angle grinder.
Sharpening a spade with an angle grinder will save you time, as well as, effort. It does a quicker job than a sharpening file or stone. Furthermore, an angle grinder is the best option for sharpening a spade than a stone or file because the edge of a shovel is round and does not require being as sharp as a knife or other chopping and cutting tools. So, using an angle grinder is convenient, comfortable and efficient.
How to sharpen a spade with an angle grinder? Ten steps to sharpening a spade with an angle grinder:
First, you need to fit the blade or edge of a tool that requires grinding into a vice or clamp. It will prevent the device from being unstable or wobbly.
Ensure that the grinder wheel does not spin away when sharpening the tool.
Adjust the guard of the angle grinder to divert spark from you.
Make sure that the wheel meets the angle of the blade.
After you have determined these two key criteria, start the angle grinder.
First, increase the speed and then allow the wheel to contact the blade of the spade.
Once in contact with the spade, slide the angle glider in slow motion that across the sharpening edge and move it in a single direction.
Do not change the angle of the sharpening process. Avoid moving back and forth; else you will miss a move and abrupt the entire procedure.
Keep a bucket filled with cold water, along with a piece of cloth.
Use the cold water and cloth to cool the blade. Make sure the blade does not get overheated, else it will become blunt at a rapid speed.
An angle grinder is an appropriate sharpening device. It comes with multiple grinding wheels, which further makes the sharpening process easy, convenient and super useful. You can use the wheels not just to sharpen a spade or other cutting and digging devices, but also for removing grime, dried cement, rust and paint from various metallic objects and surfaces.
However, it is also crucial to use an angle grinder wearing the necessary safety gears – like, gloves, guard and face mask. Change the wheels after unplugging the grinder. These are a few safety measures you should consider before using an angle grinder for sharpening a spade or any other tool.