Best Tools for Removing Mortar (Reviews and Buying Guide)

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Mortars. What can we do about these?

They make something look bad. Moreover, they can become a safety hazard for children. So, we thought why not solve this issue once and for all?

That’s why we’re here with our list of the best tools for removing mortar in the market. In this in-depth review, we’ll talk about each product in our list. 

Alongside the pros, we’ll also make sure to let you know about the cons. So, huddle up as we’re about to go on an interesting journey.

Comparison of Our Best Tools for Removing Mortar

Product

Type

Best feature

Bosch 1775E 5-Inch Tuckpoint Grinder

Grinder

Slow-start function

Whirlwind USA LSS 5-Inch Diamond Blades

Blade

Bonded with sintered diffusion

Kraft Tool BL576 Plugging Chisel

Chisel

Lightweight and durable

MAXMAN Wire Brush Set

Wire Brush Set

Ergonomic design 

Bosch 1775E 5-Inch Tuckpoint Grinder

Product Overview

We’re starting off our list with the Bosch 1775E 5-Inch Tuckpoint Grinder. From the name you can guess that it’s a grinder. 

Well, if we’re being honest, a grinder is the best tool you can use for removing mortars. It’ll get the job done in no time. 

But most importantly, you don’t have to do much work. Speaking of that, this grinder has an adequate viewing window so that you know what you’re working with. 

However, we absolutely loved one feature. It comes with a slow-start function, making it easier to get a grip. You might not know but every year a lot of people get hurt due to sudden speed-starts. 

So, you’re in the clear with this grinder. In fact, it can go up to 11,000 RPM when it’s spinning at its full capacity. 

Pros

  • Comes with a slow-start feature
  • Excellent viewing window
  • Can go up to 11,000 RPM
  • Comes with a spring-loaded guard

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with a good blade

Whirlwind USA LSS 5-Inch Diamond Blades

Product Overview

Remember when we said our previous product doesn’t include a good blade? Well, this product’s for that purpose. 

Usually, manufacturers don’t include a good-quality blade with their grinders. So, either way, you would’ve had to buy one. 

Other than removing mortars, you can actually use this blade for other purposes too. It’s made in a way so that you can cut a variety of materials such as bricks, pavers, concrete, masonry, etc. 

The best part is, you get a bunch of options in the size. So, no matter which size you prefer, Whirlwind USA has got your back. 

Pros

  • Bonded with sintered diffusion
  • Can be used both wet and dry
  • Comes in a size of 4’’-16’’
  • Can be used for other purposes too

Cons

  • Asphalt heats up the blade

Kraft Tool BL576 Plugging Chisel

Product Overview

Next up, we have the Kraft Tool BL576 Plugging Chisel. Till now, the products we mentioned were basically power tools. Moreover, the second one was a part of the first product. 

But this one’s different. You need nothing but the product itself to remove mortars. 

Most people think that there’s not much to a chisel. Well, they’re wrong. Starting from the handle to the blade, every part of a chisel is important. 

And when you think of removing mortars with one, it becomes even more obvious. The good news is that this chisel will fulfill your every need. Not every need though(pun intended). 

Pros

  • Durable and strong handle
  • The blade stays sharp for a long time
  • Has a nice weight to it for removing mortars
  • Provides great control 

Cons

  • Could’ve included a hand-guard 

MAXMAN Wire Brush Set

Product Overview

Congratulations! You’ve finally reached the end of our list. To close up shop, we have the MAXMAN Wire Brush Set

From first glance, you’ll get an old-school vibe from this wire brush set. The wood has a vintage flavor to it that gives it a different look. 

But you’re not buying this product for its looks. So, let’s stick to the basics. 

Even if you don’t care about the looks, you’ll absolutely love the wire lines of the brush set. Both the brushes come with stainless steel bristles. 

So, it doesn't matter if the area is wet or dry. You’ll be able to remove the mortars without any worries.  

But other than removing mortars, you can actually use this wire brush set for removing strips of paint too. The stainless steel bristles are more than enough to strip through any kind of paint. 

Pros

  • Ergonomic handle design
  • Heavy-duty stainless steel bristles
  • Perfect 14’’ size
  • Pre-drilled handle for hanging

Cons

  • Wood handles could’ve been sealed

Buying Guide

Now that we’re done talking about the best mortar removal tools in the market. Let’s talk about what you should look out for when buying one. While most brands ensure these things in the products. 

But still, at the end of the day, it’s your money. So, it’s to know beforehand. 

Disc Diameter

The disc diameter is the first thing you should look out for. The larger the disc the more flexibility you’ll have. And most of the time, the bigger and powerful ones come with a bigger disc. 

However, standard disc sizes usually range between 4’’ to 9’’. Although don’t go for a big grinder if you don’t need one. You see, smaller grinders are a lot easier to handle. Moreover, they have greater speed. 

On the other hand, the downside is that smaller discs won’t be able to cut so deep like a bigger disc. And most importantly, they don’t last that long. So, be prepared to replace these quite often. 

Wattage and Speed

While higher wattage and speed aren’t that necessary for removing mortars, it's good to buy one with decent wattage and speed. 

But you need it for longer sessions. A grinder with lower wattage won’t be able to push through a 4 or 5-hour session. So, depending on your use, you know which one will fit you better. 

On the other hand, when talking about speed, it’s only the speed we’re talking about. It’s always the variables. Variable speed grinders will let you work comfortably as you can easily set the speed to your liking. 

Safety Features

Safety features in power tools is a must. Unfortunately, most inexpensive grinders don’t come with safety features. 

Some of the expensive ones include features like a slow start, restart protection, anti-kickback, and a paddle switch. We absolutely have these safety features. 

But personally, we like the slow start function. When you’re starting it’ll slowly warm up to the maximum. This is really useful when you’re starting the day with the grinder. The chances of you getting into an accident reduce by a lot. 

Tips to Follow When Working with a Grinder

Grinders, despite being useful, have two dangerous things. Incredibly high speed and a sharp disc. So, obviously you need to follow some safety precautions-

Make sure the tool is switched off before you turn it on

Before you plug the cable into the switch box, make sure that the grinder is switched off. This way you’ll have fewer chances of having an accident. 

Go through the instructions manual

Even if you’re an experienced user, it’s always better to go through the instructions manual. That way you know exactly how the device works. You’ll become familiar with all the features and perks of it. 

Choose the right disc

This is the most common mistake people make. They often choose the wrong discs for their grinder. Eventually, the material gets damaged. So, you know how important it is to choose the right disc. 

Ensure you have protective gear

No matter how many years of experience you have with grinders or brad nailers, wearing protective gear is a must. You see, grinders usually make a lot of sparks. They can also throw out debris at you. 

So, without wearing safety glasses and gloves, you’re putting your body at risk. You might not even have an accident, but once you have, there’s no going back. 

Moreover, when removing mortars you’re likely to face a lot of debris. So, there’s no other option than wearing protective gear. In fact, you should actually protect the area around you. Those things need protection too. 

Use the grinder the right way

A lot of people become over-smart and get rid of the safety guard from their grinders. While this might make it easy to carry out some jobs, you need to remember that it’s there for a reason. 

Apart from that, you should use both your hand while using the grinder. This power tool spins at a high RPM that can easily slip out of your hands. 

But most importantly, make sure you give your complete attention when you’re using a grinder. In fact, this applies to all kinds of tools such as drill machines or hex socket sets

Parting Words

So, that’s all we had to say about our list of the best tools for removing mortar. We tried to keep a variation in our products. But even that might be enough for you. 

That’s why we have the comment section. Comment below and we’ll take care of your issues. Good luck!