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The evolution of industrial belt grinders

by FEIN Canadian Power Tool Company   

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New mobile module provides ergonomic benefits for working on large or confined jobs

—Sponsored article by FEIN Canadian Power Tool Company

Manufacturers and fabricators of steel assemblies are often faced with the challenge of removing weld seams, grinding and polishing on work pieces that can’t easily be moved.

A recent innovation by FEIN Canadian Power Tool provides an ergonomic and efficient solution for mobile surface processing. Fein has developed a module called the GRIT GHBM—essentially creating a docking station on wheels for use in conjunction with a FEIN GHB belt grinder.

Using the new module, operators can easily hand-guide the tool over large weld areas without having to bear the full weight of the grinder.


“Workers inside large pressure vessels for instance, have to work on big circular welds in awkward positions,” says Randy McDonald, national product manager with FEIN. “It’s hard on their back and whole body when they have to use a grinder. Whereas with this new module, they just apply pressure to the tool head and rock it back and forth to grind or clean the weld.”

The latest development is another step in the evolution of the GHB belt grinders for FEIN. It recently introduced a standalone model that can be mounted to a workbench or taken to a job site for stationery operation where the work piece can be moved.

“But sometimes operators have to clean the entire surface of an assembly and it makes it a lot easier to do that with the mobile module, so the new module on wheels is an efficient and more ergonomic alternative,” McDonald says.

“It’s ideal for doing radius type of work in tanks and big pressure vessels where they have to go inside and weld all the way around.”

The GHB power tools can be used with grinding belts but FEIN also offers fleece belts for cleaning the surface of welds.

The models provide a key advantage over competitive options—adaptability. The GRIT GHB 15-50, for example, is a powerful handheld belt grinder that’s ideal for flexible on-site use, but can also be quickly set up for stationary applications. The tool is an efficient alternative to angle grinders.

The model has a patented tool-free belt tensioning system, an anti-vibration handle, and an infinitely adjustable motor is also available. The GHB line is designed with FEIN’s long-standing commitment to safety, quality and durability.

The latest mobile innovation takes belt grinding to a whole new level, providing unparalleled flexibility, while taking a load off employees at the same time.

FEIN has been a world-leading power tool manufacturer for over 140 years. FEIN Canadian Power Tool Company, located in Mississauga, Ont., provides a range of high-quality power tools and accessories. Visit for more information.

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