With the addition of nine new products, Chicago Pneumatic has created a comprehensive range of grinders and sanders meeting managers’ need to increase productivity while offering operators comfort. Its expanded CP3550 series promises high-quality finishes with minimal effort, thanks to powerful and easy-to-handle metal-working tools offering intensive industrial durability at an accessible price.
The new additions
A 6” angle grinder has been added to the existing five models with 4-to-5” wheels. Four new die grinders – two standard and two extended – join the previous angle die grinder. These come complete with an Erickson 200 collet for attachment of ¼” and 6 mm mounted points and carbide burrs. The two current 5” angle sanders are now complemented by two new tools for use with 7” abrasive pads.
The other two additions are low-speed sanders, whose gearboxes generate high torque with reduced speed (3,000 rpm) for polishing or delicate applications. They operate with 7” or 9” sanding wheels or flapwheels and – like the angle sanders – give a choice of models with ⅝” or M14 shaft threads. Designed primarily for high-output work environments like foundries, casting plants, fabrication shops and shipyards, CP3550 series tools are also ideal for production and maintenance operations involving cast iron, steel, stainless steel, aluminum, alloys and composites.
Typical tasks include deburring, contouring, chamfering, fettling, weld seam removal, surface preparation, cleaning, polishing and finishing.
Best in class
Compared to direct competitors in its category, the CP3550 series with its 1.5 hp, 1100 W governed motor delivers the highest power. In tests against those products, material removal rates using CP3550 tools were over 50 percent higher – and in one case over 80 percent.
Advanced features on all models include a rotating inlet swivel – found on no other comparable tool at this power level – which enables free maneuvering and avoids hose knots. The streamlined safety lever found on each tool can be operated comfortably, even in thick gloves, and is easily directed downwards. Small diameter handles give a comfortable grip, while a thermally insulated composite over-sleeve avoids the discomfort of handling cold tools over long periods. Meanwhile, unique silencer foam technology reduces noise emissions.
Downtime for accessory changes on CP3550 angle grinders and angle sanders is reduced by a fast and simple spindle lock feature requiring just one wrench. Keyless angle grinder guard adjustment – unique amongst direct competitors – enables quick changes, even when wearing gloves, to suit different work positions and to deflect sparks safely.