Angle grinder speed reduction

I like using Shur-brite abrasive hook-and-loop pads for steel surface
prep. The problem is that they should not be used above 10,000 rpm and
all I have is 11,000 rpm grinders. At that speed even a slight
unbalance of the pad causes vibration and worse, the abrasive burns
and leaves marks.
Before I do the obvious and invest in a variable speed grinder I was
wondering if anyone tried to use one of the "router speed controls" to
reduce a grinder speed. Like one of these:
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I see problems with this solution but I wonder if anyone actually
tried this and what the result was.
Michael Koblic,
Campbell River, BC
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It works just fine with no harm to either the grinder or the speed control. I used just that setup to clean the tiles on my pool for years. The speed will bog down as the load increases but so will the router. Art
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This should work fine as long as the angle grinder uses a universal (brush type) motor. And the grinder draws no more than 15A.
Not with an angle grinder. But it works fine for other universal motors.
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Paul Hovnanian P.E.
Could also use a variac.
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Existential Angst
The problem as I understand it is that a series wound universal brush motor does not produce a back emf that can be usefully interpreted electronically and so unlike with a PM brush motor where I/R comp can be used for speed regulation, a universal brush motor is still very likely going to overspeed, and then bog down when a load is put to it.
That said, at least he will be able to limit his free-wheel rpm down to something that more reasonably suits his application.
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True. Although the torque with the variac is lower at all but full rpm's vs the SCR speed controller circuit. Art
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I used a variac to slow down the drill I used to mix the mortar when I did the tile job in my bathroom (you don't want to mix the mortar too fast or it gets air bubbles). The drill would definitely slow down when I put the paddle in the mortar mix, so I had to adjust the variac to give a no load speed a bit higher than what I needed as a working speed, which worked out fine.
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Jon Danniken
Thanks everyone for their replies. I ended up with a Makita variable speed grinder. I hope it will be worth the extra $$$.
Michael Koblic, Campbell River, BC
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I've had good luck driving universal-wound motors with a fullwave rectifier bridge driven by a variac. Universal motors prefer DC.
Joe Gwinn
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